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Portsmouth, Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Portsmouth is the 10th largest city in Virginia with a population of 97,226 as of July 1, 2016. Portsmouth ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Virginia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Portsmouth is located at latitude 36.8597 and longitude -76.3563 in Portsmouth (city) County. The formal boundaries for the City of Portsmouth (see map below) encompass a land area of 33.8 sq. miles and a water area of 12.93 sq. miles. Portsmouth (city) County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 10 feet.

The City of Portsmouth (GNIS ID: 1498556) has a C7 Census Class Code which indicates an incorporated place that is independent of any county. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Portsmouth population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Portsmouth, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 97,226
Population in Households 94,161
Population in Familes 74,383
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,065
Population Density1 2,876
Diversity Index2 60


Total Households 38,029
Average Household Size 2.48
Family Households 24,234
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 41,893 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 21,643 (51.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 16,386 (39.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,864 ( 9.2%)
Median Home Value $182,040
Average Home Value $218,558


Median Household Income $45,086
Average Household Income $56,960
Per Capita Income $22,967
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.28% 0.29%
Households 0.3% 0.27%
Families 0.16% 0.18%
Median Household Income   -0.99%
Per Capita Income   0.83%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Portsmouth, VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Portsmouth to the other 593 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 10 98th
Population Density1 # 98 84th
Diversity Index2 # 141 76th
Median Household Income # 339 43rd
Per Capita Income # 371 38th

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