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Newport News, Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Newport News is the 6th largest city in Virginia with a population of 187,396 as of July 1, 2018. Newport News 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 Newport News is located at latitude 37.0762 and longitude -76.522 in Newport News (city) County. The formal boundaries for the City of Newport News (see map below) encompass a land area of 68.86 sq. miles and a water area of 50.77 sq. miles. Newport News (city) County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 20 feet.

The City of Newport News (GNIS ID: 1498555) 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Newport News: New Port Newce, New Porte Newce, Newport Ness, Newport Newse, Newportes Newce, Newportes Newes, Newports News, Newport's News, Point Hope, Pointe Hope, Porte Newce, The New Port of the Newces.

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Newport News, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 187,396
Population in Households 178,915
Population in Familes 140,109
Population in Group Qrtrs 8,481
Population Density2 2,722
Diversity Index3 68


Median Household Income $52,373
Average Household Income $67,677
Per Capita Income $27,276


Total Housing Units 78,543 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 35,954 (45.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 36,488 (46.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 6,101 ( 7.8%)
Median Home Value $207,381
Average Home Value $249,470


Total Households 72,442
Average Household Size 2.47
Family Households 45,396
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.44% 0.33%
Households 0.29% 0.28%
Families 0.13% 0.17%
Median Household Income   1.89%
Per Capita Income   2.86%

Newport News, VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Newport News to the other 593 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 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 # 6 99th
Population Density # 104 83rd
Diversity Index # 84 86th
Median Household Income # 284 52nd
Per Capita Income # 296 50th

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