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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 181,498 as of July 1, 2020. 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 36.9788 and longitude -76.428 in Newport News (city) County. The formal boundaries for the City of Newport News 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.


Newport News, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 181,498 (100%)
Population in Households 173,541 (95.6%)
Population in Families 134,241 (74.0%)
Population in Group Quarters1 7,957 ( 4.4%)
Population Density 2,631
Diversity Index2 69


Median Household Income $50,791
Average Household Income $66,347
% of Income for Mortgage4 17%
Per Capita Income $26,180
Wealth Index5 61


Total HU (Housing Units) 77,760 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 34,042 (43.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 36,342 (46.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 7,376 ( 9.5%)
Median Home Value $200,841
Average Home Value $236,408
Housing Affordability Index3 137


Total Households 70,384
Average Household Size 2.47
Family Households 43,971
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.04% -0.18%
Households -0.04% -0.22%
Families -0.2% -0.34%
Median Household Income   0.65%
Per Capita Income   1.51%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.16%


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, 2020 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 # 112 81st
Median Household Income # 342 42nd
Housing Affordability Index # 151 25th
Per Capita Income # 354 40th
Diversity Index # 88 85th

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