Portsmouth, OH
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Portsmouth is a medium-sized city located in the state of Ohio. With a population of 20,409 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Portsmouth is the 85th largest community in Ohio. Portsmouth has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Unlike some cities, Portsmouth isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Portsmouth are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Portsmouth is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Portsmouth who work in healthcare (12.03%), office and administrative support (11.88%), and sales jobs (11.17%).

Portsmouth is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Portsmouth enrolled in college, Portsmouth has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Portsmouth spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.99 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The citizens of Portsmouth are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 15.98% of adults in Portsmouth have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Portsmouth in 2010 was $17,610, which is low income relative to Ohio and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $70,440 for a family of four. However, Portsmouth contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Portsmouth also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 32.26% of its population below the federal poverty line.

The people who call Portsmouth home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Portsmouth residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Portsmouth include Irish, English, Italian, and Welsh.

The most common language spoken in Portsmouth is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.