Newport News is a relatively large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 179,225 people and 44 constituent neighborhoods, Newport News is the seventh largest community in Virginia.
Unlike some cities, Newport News isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Newport News are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Newport News is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Newport News who work in office and administrative support (12.05%), sales jobs (9.43%), and management occupations (7.81%).
There are many members of the armed forces living in Newport News. You will notice when you visit or live here that some of the people you meet or see around town are employed by the armed services - even if they are not always in uniform.
Also of interest is that Newport News has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One thing noticeable about Newport News, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Newport News is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Newport News a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
Newport News is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
The percentage of people in Newport News who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 26.28% of adults in Newport News have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Newport News in 2018 was $28,294, which is middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $113,176 for a family of four. However, Newport News contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Newport News is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Newport News home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Newport News residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Newport News include German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.
The most common language spoken in Newport News is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.