Portsmouth, VA
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Portsmouth is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 96,201 people and 31 constituent neighborhoods, Portsmouth is the 11th largest community in Virginia.

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 sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Portsmouth who work in office and administrative support (14.30%), sales jobs (10.08%), and management occupations (7.66%).

Portsmouth is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

The education level of Portsmouth citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 20.77% of adults 25 and older in Portsmouth have a college degree.

The per capita income in Portsmouth in 2010 was $23,075, which is middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $92,300 for a family of four. However, Portsmouth contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Portsmouth is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. 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 Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Portsmouth include Irish, German, African, and Italian.

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