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 181,825 people and 44 constituent neighborhoods, Newport News is the seventh largest community in Virginia.
Newport News is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Newport News is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Newport News who work in office and administrative support (14.10%), sales jobs (10.05%), and management occupations (7.84%).
There are quite a few people in the armed forces living in Newport News, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.
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 of the nice things about Newport News is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Newport News use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Newport News‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
The citizens of Newport News are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 24.72% of adults in Newport News having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Newport News in 2010 was $25,520, which is middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $102,080 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 English, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Newport News is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.