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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 188,373 as of July 1, 2017. 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Newport News population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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, 2017)


Total Population 188,373
Daytime Population: Workers 113,582
Daytime Population: Residents 94,880
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 208,462
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.11
Population in Households 179,775
Population in Familes 139,489
Population in Group Qrtrs 8,598
Population Density2 2,736
Diversity Index3 68


Median Household Income $51,483
Average Household Income $65,149
Per Capita Income $26,244


Total Housing Units 78,696 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 34,948 (44.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 37,680 (47.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 6,067 ( 7.7%)
Median Home Value $203,819
Average Home Value $240,377


Total Households 72,629
Average Household Size 2.48
Family Households 45,565
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.57% 0.44%
Households 0.37% 0.38%
Families 0.2% 0.25%
Median Household Income   0.73%
Per Capita Income   1.99%

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, 2017 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 # 103 83rd
Diversity Index # 84 86th
Median Household Income # 281 53rd
Per Capita Income # 298 50th

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