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Newport News Now is a daily e-newsletter that launched in March 2016. Articles that ran in our newsletter between March 2016 and March 2018 are available on these pages. Newsletters produced beginning in April 2018 can be viewed on our new daily newsletter page.

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Jun 07

Newport News Population and Demographics

Posted on June 7, 2016 at 8:47 AM by Latoya Jefferson

What they mean and what they’re used for 

The Newport News Department of Planning is responsible for managing, analyzing, and distributing U.S. Census data for the City of Newport News. There are many uses for census data, including determining the number of seats a state occupies in the U.S. House of Representatives, establishing boundaries for electoral districts, education and research, business operations analysis, identifying new business markets and determining distribution of federal funding for services like schools and emergency services. The City uses the information for purposes of long-range planning, development, and investment in public infrastructure and services.chesapeake ave project.jpg

In between the decennial census, the department analyzes the American Community Survey which is the ongoing yearly survey that provides data on people, jobs and occupations, transportation, educational attainment, and housing. The data is compiled and presented in the form of the annual Statistical Profile, which is available on the Planning Department’s web site. The Statistical Profile provides a general overview of our population, local economy, and other quality of life factors in the city. The data for this document is compiled from the U.S. Census Bureau (ACS), Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, and the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (our regional planning organization).

The Statistical Profile presents the regional profile, and shows how Newport News compares to other localities within Hampton Roads in terms of population, income, and housing statistics. It also includes a citywide overview of population and demographic data, which is further broken down by Census Tracts and Planning Areas. The city has a total of 44 Census Tracts within 10 planning areas (a compilation of all the neighborhoods within Newport News): Southeast; Downtown/Huntington; Parkview/Newmarket; North Newport News/Morrison; Riverfront; Greater Oyster Point; Denbigh; Richneck; Lee Hall, and Fort Eustis. (See Map)

Here are a few examples of the types of information that can be access in the Statistical Profile, which is based on 2014 Census data (the most current data available):
  •  Newport News is the fifth largest city in Virginia with a population of 181,362. 
  • The city has a total of 76,903 housing units. 
  • The median (middle value) housing value is $194,600 and median rent is $975. 
  •  Our median family income is $59,271. 
To obtain additional demographic and socioeconomic information for Newport News, we invite you to explore the complete Statistical Profile on our webpage at