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.

Unlike some cities, Portsmouth isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Portsmouth are a mix of both white- and blue-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 (10.60%), and management occupations (7.93%).

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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

The percentage of adults in Portsmouth who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 19.47% of the adults in Portsmouth have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Portsmouth in 2010 was $23,219, which is middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $92,876 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 English, German, Italian, and African.

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