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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Newport News is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 (12.25%), sales jobs (9.74%), and management occupations (7.60%).
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.
Another interesting thing about Newport News, despite not being a huge city, is that there is a relatively high proportion of people living here who are young, single, and upwardly-mobile professionals. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
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.
In terms of college education, Newport News is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 25.50% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Newport News in 2018 was $26,993, which is middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $107,972 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.