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The City of Portsmouth is the 10th largest city in Virginia with a population of 98,108 as of July 1, 2022. Portsmouth ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density 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 36.8354 and longitude -76.2983 in Portsmouth (city) County. The formal boundaries for the City of Portsmouth 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 7 feet.

The City of Portsmouth 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.

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Portsmouth, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2022)


Total Population 98,108 (100%)
Population in Households 95,351 (97.2%)
Population in Families 74,763 (76.2%)
Population in Group Quarters1 2,757 ( 2.8%)
Population Density 2,946
Diversity Index2 62


Median Household Income $54,691
Average Household Income $74,465
% of Income for Mortgage4 20%
Per Capita Income $30,303
Wealth Index5 62


Total HU (Housing Units) 43,424 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 22,806 (52.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 16,912 (38.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,706 ( 8.5%)
Median Home Value $206,839
Average Home Value $251,956
Housing Affordability Index3 115


Total Households 39,718
Average Household Size 2.40
Family Households 25,025
Average Family Size 3.00
  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.


2020-2022 2022-2027
Population 0.09% -0.01%
Households 0.19% 0.06%
Families   -0.05%
Median Household Income   2.12%
Per Capita Income   3.02%
Owner Occupied HU   0.38%

Portsmouth, VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Portsmouth to the other 672 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2022 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 99th
Population Density # 104 85th
Median Household Income # 424 37th
Housing Affordability Index # 218 32nd
Per Capita Income # 443 34th
Diversity Index # 192 72nd

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