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 95,252 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 (13.99%), sales jobs (10.28%), and management occupations (7.40%).

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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Portsmouth is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Portsmouth area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The education level of Portsmouth citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 21.07% of adults in Portsmouth have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Portsmouth in 2010 was $23,878, which is middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $95,512 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.