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Portsmouth, Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Portsmouth is the 10th largest city in Virginia with a population of 96,896 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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Portsmouth, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 96,896
Daytime Population: Workers 60,061
Daytime Population: Residents 51,986
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 112,047
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.16
Population in Households 93,925
Population in Familes 73,978
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,971
Population Density2 2,867
Diversity Index3 60


Median Household Income $46,282
Average Household Income $58,676
Per Capita Income $23,586


Total Housing Units 41,754 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 21,074 (50.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 16,772 (40.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,908 ( 9.4%)
Median Home Value $183,621
Average Home Value $223,030


Total Households 37,846
Average Household Size 2.48
Family Households 24,022
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 0.2% 0.26%
Households 0.19% 0.22%
Families 0.02% 0.1%
Median Household Income   0.65%
Per Capita Income   2.0%

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, 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 # 10 98th
Population Density # 98 84th
Diversity Index # 143 76th
Median Household Income # 342 42nd
Per Capita Income # 376 37th

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