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 a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Portsmouth is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 sales jobs (12.23%), healthcare (12.10%), and office and administrative support (11.77%).

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.

One of the benefits of Portsmouth is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.70 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

In terms of college education, the citizens of Portsmouth rank slightly lower than the national average. 15.73% of adults 25 and older in Portsmouth have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.

The per capita income in Portsmouth in 2010 was $17,235, which is low income relative to Ohio and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $68,940 for a family of four. Portsmouth also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 35.81% 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 Scottish.

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