A Diverse, Thriving Population in the Heart of a Sound Metropolitan Area

Newport News, VA is the fourth largest city in the Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News MSA—Hampton Roads. It is the sixth largest city in Virginia with a 2010 population estimated at 180,719.

Newport News is part of a dynamic metropolitan region. Besides Newport News, the region contains five other cities with a population greater than 100,000. Hampton Roads is the 36th largest metropolitan/consolidated statistical area in the nation with a population of more than 1.7 million.

Demographically, Newport News is in many ways typical of metropolitan America. It contains within its boundaries an urban core, a ring of older, settled neighborhoods and booming suburban development. Its citizens’ age, educational, occupational and socioeconomic characteristics by and large reflect the typical American demographic profile. The population in Newport News is younger, somewhat better educated and slightly more white collar than the national average.

Population Growth & Projections, 1970 – 2020

1970
1980
1990
2000
2010
2020
Newport News
138,177
144,903
171,439
180,150
180,719
210,000
Peninsula
333,140
364,449
435,197
498,557
537,780
611,440
Hampton Roads
1,065,740
1,160,311
1,397,571
1,569,541
1,704,000
1,888,000
Source: 2010 U. S. Census Bureau; Hampton Roads Planning District Commission; City of Newport News, Development

 


Income Characteristics, 2009

NEWPORT NEWS
Hampton Roads
U.S.
Median Household Income
$50,077
$56,133
$51,369
Median Family Income
$57,021
$66,388
$62,367
Household Income Distribution
$100,000 and over
14.2%
20.7%
20.4%
$75,000-$99,000
12.2%
14.2%
12.2%
$50,000-$74,999
21.6%
20.9%
18.7%
$35,000-$49,999
16.7%
15.1%
14.3%
$25,000-$34,999
11.1%
9.9%
10.6%
$15,000-$24,999
11.6%
9.2%
10.9%
$10,000-$14,999
5.2%
4.2%
5.6%
Under $10,000
7.4%
5.7%
7.4%
Per Capita Income
$23,560
$27,490
$27,100
Per Capita Income (BEA, 2008)
$30,752
$39,300
$40,166
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2009 American Community Survey; U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis


Educational Attainment, 2009

NEWPORT NEWS
Hampton Roads
U.S.
High School Graduates
88.4%
88.4%
84.6%
At least some college
45.0%
41.9%
41.9%
College Graduates
22.9%
27.1%
27.5%
Source: 2009 American Community Survey


Employment and Occupations

NEWPORT NEWS
Hampton Roads
U.S.
Labor Force Participation
Male
75.6%
75.0%
70.7%
Female
61.8%
61.1%
57.5%
Unemployment Rate, 2017
4.9%
5.2%
5.2%
Armed Forces (as Percent of Labor Force)
6.1%
6.5%
0.5%
Occupational Distribution
Managerial/Professional/Technical
30.5%
33.6%
33.6%
Clerical
15.6%
15.9%
11.2%
Sales
12.0%
11.9%
15.4%
Service
17.6%
15.6%
14.9%
Skilled Craftsmen
14.3%
12.6%
14.0%
Operatives & Transportation Workers
5.6%
5.7%
6.1%
Laborers
4.2%
4.5%
3.9%
Other
0.3%
0.3%
0.7%
White Collar
46.1%
49.5%
44.9%
Blue Collar
24.3%
23.1%
24.8%
Service & Sales
29.6%
27.5%
30.3%
Source: Virginia Employment Commission, 2006; U.S. Census Bureau, 2000

Social Characteristics, 2000

NEWPORT NEWS Hampton Roads U.S.
Male/Female
48.4/51.6%
49.3/50.7%
49.1/50.9%
Ethnic Composition

Caucasian
53.5%
62.5%
75.1%
African American
39.1%
30.9%
12.3%
Other and Mixed
7.4%
6.6%
12.6%
Hispanic Surname
4.2%
3.1%
12.5%
Median Age
32.0
33.5
35.3
Age Distribution

Under 5 years old
7.9%
6.5%
6.8%
5-17
19.6%
19.4%
18.9%
18-24
11.5%
11.2%
9.6%
25-64
50.9%
52.1%
52.3%
65 and over
10.1%
10.3%
12.4%
Subtotal 18-64
62.4%
63.3%
61.9%
Average Household Size
2.50
2.54
2.59
Owners/Renters
52.4/47.6%
63.0/37.0%
66.2/33.8%
Persons in Household
96.8%
95.6%
97.2%
Persons in Group Quarters
3.2%
4.4%
2.8%
Family Households
66.5%
70.0%
68.1%
Married Couple Households

With Children
21.4%
24.1%
23.5%
Without Children
23.2%
27.6%
28.2%
One Parent Families with Children
14.3%
11.5%
9.3%
Non-Family Households
33.5%
30.0%
31.9%
Persons 65+ Living Alone in Own Household
8.1%
7.5%
9.2%
Source: U.S. Census of Population and Housing, 2000
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