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Newport News city, Virginia

Newport News city, Virginia
Incorporated:1896
Population
- Total:180.719 (2010)
- Density:2.619,1/sq mi (1.015,3/sq km)
Area code(s):757
Time zone:EST (UTC-5)
Summer Time zone:EDT (UTC-4)
Website:www.nngov.com
Area
- Total:120 sq mi (310 sq km)
- Land:69 sq mi (178 sq km)
- Water:51 sq mi (132 sq km)
- % water:42,58 %
Latitude:+37.0759784
Longitude:-076.5217187

Quick information summary of the Newport News city area.

Newport News city is located in the state of Virginia. It occupies the area of 120 square miles. 51 square miles are water areas and 69 square miles remain for land areas. Center of the Newport News city lies at +37.0759784, -076.5217187 coordinates. According to the 2010 Census, there are 180.719 living in the Newport News city. The racial makeup shows these 3 races as the most frequent : White (48.98%), Black or African American (40.68%) and Two or More races (4.27%). Median age is 31 for the males and 34 for the females.

Newport News is a city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is an independent city, which means it does not belong to any particular county. It is located in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, on the north bank of the James River. With 180,719 inhabitants, Newport News is the fifth-largest city in Virginia.

It is not clear exactly how the city got its name. One of the popular versions holds that a group of early colonists from Jamestown embarked a ship with Captain Newport and started back for England. They encountered a fleet carrying supplies and manpower to the colony and the Captain decided to turn around and go back. The new community was then named after the “good news” that Captain Newport brought to the colonists aboard.

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Statistical data for the Newport News city based on the 2010 U.S. Census

Racial makeup

Total
180,719
White alone
88,51848.98 %
Black or African American alone
73,51440.68 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
8510.47 %
Asian alone
4,9562.74 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
3150.17 %
Some Other Race alone
4,8502.68 %
Two or More races
7,7154.27 %

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Population break-up based on Counties and Subdivisions in the area

Counties Subdivisions
County (whole county) Newport News city part within the County Subdivision (whole subdivision) Newport News city part within the Subdivision
Newport News city 180.719- Newport News city part180.719
Newport News city 180.719- Newport News city part180.719

Profile of the Newport News city

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Jamestown, Virginia was founded in 1607. Shortly thereafter, the settlers started exploring the surrounding areas and clearing the land along the James River (including the present-day Newport News) in order to establish plantations.

Newport News, then known as Elizabeth Cittie, was included in one of the corporations for Virginia Company of London. In 1634, Virginia was divided into shires and Newport News was part of Warwick River Shire. Until the American Civil War, Newport News was a small fishing village surrounded by plantations. Then the railroad arrived and a large shipyard was established, which, naturally, prompted a large number of people to move into the area. However, it was still an unincorporated area and it was only during the Reconstruction period, after the Civil War, that Newport News was incorporated as a city. The founder of the newly incorporated city was a California businessman Collis P. Huntington, associated with Central Pacific Railroad. He first helped establish several railroad branches in Virginia, including Newport News, and then developed Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock company, which, at the time, was the world’s largest shipyard. Other members of the Huntington family also played important roles in Newport News, starting various projects that helped the city grow and develop.

In the late 19th century Newport News transformed from a farm trading town to an actual city with developed central zones and industrial areas around it. Residential development was pushed to the edges of the city, creating large suburban  districts.

Newport News and the nearby city of Warwick merged in 1958, taking the better-known name of Newport News.

The city today occupies 119.1 square  miles. A large portion of the total area (42.64%) is water, and the rest is land. Newport News is located in the Tidewater region of Virginia, at the Peninsula side of Hampton Roads. Together with Norfolk, Newport News is a business center for the region, while Virginia Beach and Williamsburg serve as the centers of tourism.

Some of the distinctive neighborhoods in Newport News include City Center, Brentwood, East End, Denbigh, Hilton Village, Oyster Point, Morrison, Lee Hall, Warwick, Kiln Creek and others.

The city has warm and humid summers and mild winters with occasional snowfall. Because of its location, Newport News is spared by most severe weather events, such as hurricanes and major tropical storms.

According to the 2010 Census, Newport News has 180,719 residents and the racial makeup is 49% White, 40.7% Black or African American, 2.7% Asian, 0.5% Native American, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 2.7% some other race and 4.3% two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos make up 7.5% of the population in the city.

The median household income in 2010 was $36,597 and the per capita income was $17,843.

Shipbuilding, aerospace and military are the largest and the most important sectors in the economy of Newport News. The city has miles of waterfront and several major shipbuilding companies, most notably the Newport News Shipbuilding. These are supplied through a branch of the railroad giant CSX Transportation. Newport News Marine Terminal, covering 140 acres, lies at the end of the CSX tracks. U.S. defense suppliers and the military bases located in the greater city area employ thousands of city residents and also contribute greatly to the local economy. Those include Fort Eustis, Fort Monroe, Langley Air Force Base, Naval Weapons Station Yorktown and Camp Peary. Naval Station Norfolk, the largest naval base in the world, is located across the harbor from Newport News and also employs a large number of its residents.  

Since the 1990s Newport News has also become a regional center for technology companies.

The largest employer in the city is Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding, followed by Fort Eustis and Newport News School System.

Culturally, Newport News is often associated with the American South. However, its residents have a particular Tidewater accent, which is different from what people usually associate with Southern accents.

The city is home to a large number of museums. Some of them include Mariner’s Museum, which includes artifacts from the USS Monitor; the Virginia War Museum, which in addition to artifacts from American history also includes pieced of the Berlin Wall and of a wall in the Dachau concentration camp, and the U.S. Army Transportation Museum with almost 100 military vehicles.

The city is also home to the Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Ferguson Center for the Arts and Virginia Living Museum. The annual Port Warwick Art and Sculpture Festival is a popular art and culture event in the city.

Newport News has 32 city parks. The largest one is Newport News Park, the second-largest city park in the United States.

The city is home to the Christopher Newport University. Other institutions of higher education in the vicinity include Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University and The College of William and Mary.

The major highway in the city is Interstate 64, which passes through the city from east to west. Newport News is connected to other cities in the region through the Hampton Roads Beltway, which crosses the Hampton Roads harbor through two bridge-tunnel complexes.

Local mass transit in the city is operated by Hampton Roads Transit. Intercity bus service is provided by Greyhound and the passenger rail service by Amtrak, with four trains a day.

Newport News is served by three airports. The primary airport is Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport and the other two are Norfolk International Airport and Richmond/Byrd International Airport.

Statistical data for the Newport News city

Data Source : US Census Bureau

Racial makeup

Total
180,719
White alone
88,51848.98 %
Black or African American alone
73,51440.68 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
8510.47 %
Asian alone
4,9562.74 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
3150.17 %
Some Other Race alone
4,8502.68 %
Two or More races
7,7154.27 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin

Total
180,719
Not Hispanic or Latino
167,12992.48 %
Hispanic or Latino
13,5907.52 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin by Race

Total
180,719
Not Hispanic or Latino
167,12992.48 %
White alone
83,15349.75 %
Black or African American alone
71,72742.92 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
6820.41 %
Asian alone
4,8582.91 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
2840.17 %
Some Other Race alone
3080.18 %
Two or More races
6,1173.66 %
Hispanic or Latino
13,5907.52 %
White alone
5,36539.48 %
Black or African American alone
1,78713.15 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
1691.24 %
Asian alone
980.72 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
310.23 %
Some Other Race alone
4,54233.42 %
Two or More races
1,59811.76 %

Median Age by Sex

Both sexes
32
Male
31
Female
34

Household Type

Total
70,664
Family households
44,88763.52 %
Husband-wife family
28,00362.39 %
Other family
16,88437.61 %
Male householder, no wife present
3,54320.98 %
Female householder, no husband present
13,34179.02 %
Nonfamily households
25,77736.48 %
Householder living alone
20,54879.71 %
Householder not living alone
5,22920.29 %

Geographical and Cultural Features and Landmarks in the Newport News city - including Historical Features

Distance is calculated from the Newport News city center coordinates

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Random list of Geographic Features located within the radius of 3 miles from the Newport News city center

Airport

  • Riverside Hospital Heliport [2.21 mi] [3.56 km]

Building

  • Potomac River Residence Hall [1.65 mi] [2.66 km]
  • York River Residence Hall [1.83 mi] [2.95 km]
  • Ferguson Center for the Arts [1.72 mi] [2.76 km]
  • Gaines Theatre [1.67 mi] [2.69 km]
  • McMurran Hall [1.75 mi] [2.82 km]
  • Ratcliffe Hall [1.62 mi] [2.61 km]
  • Captain John Smith Library [1.82 mi] [2.94 km]
  • Gosnold Hall [1.67 mi] [2.68 km]
  • The Science Building [1.71 mi] [2.75 km]
  • Wingfield Hall [1.76 mi] [2.83 km]
  • James River Residence Hall [1.58 mi] [2.54 km]
  • Warwick Medical Center Building 6 [1.99 mi] [3.2 km]
  • Harbor Lights Dining Hall [1.64 mi] [2.64 km]
  • Santoro Residence Hall [1.63 mi] [2.62 km]
  • The Freeman Center [1.77 mi] [2.85 km]
  • Christopher Newport University Apartments [1.88 mi] [3.03 km]
  • Christopher Newport University Village [1.82 mi] [2.93 km]
  • Barclay Apartments [1.86 mi] [2.99 km]
  • Virginia Living History Museum [2.37 mi] [3.81 km]
  • Newport News Fire and Emergency Medical Services Station 10 [1.55 mi] [2.5 km]
  • Newport News Fire and Emergency Medical Services Station 8 [2.4 mi] [3.87 km]
  • Newport News County Public Library [2.74 mi] [4.4 km]
  • Children's Hospital of The Kings Daughters Health and Surgery Center [3.22 mi] [5.18 km]
  • Newport News Baptist Home [4 mi] [6.43 km]
  • Chesapeake Retirement Center [4 mi] [6.44 km]

Cape

  • Jail Point [1.79 mi] [2.88 km]
  • Curtis Point [1.6 mi] [2.57 km]

Cemetery

  • Morrison Cemetery [1.92 mi] [3.08 km]

Church

  • Hiddenwood Presbyterian Church [1.32 mi] [2.12 km]
  • Bethany Gospel Chapel [3.33 mi] [5.37 km]
  • Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church [1.44 mi] [2.32 km]
  • Community Bible Church [3.48 mi] [5.6 km]
  • Christ Church [0.96 mi] [1.55 km]
  • Union Chapel [0.41 mi] [0.65 km]
  • Life Line Full Gospel Church [1.32 mi] [2.13 km]
  • Resurrection Lutheran Church [3.35 mi] [5.39 km]
  • Adath Jeshurun Synagogue [1.56 mi] [2.51 km]
  • Lakeside Church [3.71 mi] [5.98 km]
  • All Nations Church [3.71 mi] [5.97 km]
  • Bible Way Fellowship Church [3.75 mi] [6.03 km]
  • First Baptist Church [1.49 mi] [2.4 km]

Civil

  • City of Newport News [1.19 mi] [1.92 km]

Crossing

  • Interchange 258 [3.72 mi] [5.99 km]

Harbor

  • James River Marina [0.33 mi] [0.53 km]

Hospital

  • Riverside Regional Medical Center [2.28 mi] [3.67 km]

Locale

  • James River Country Club [1.47 mi] [2.36 km]
  • Beaconsdale Shopping Center [2.9 mi] [4.67 km]
  • Hidenwood Shopping Center [1.52 mi] [2.45 km]
  • Oyster Point Plaza Shopping Center [2.45 mi] [3.94 km]
  • Hampton Roads Sanitation District James River Sewage Treatment Plant [0.84 mi] [1.35 km]
  • McCale Professional Park [3.04 mi] [4.88 km]
  • Oyster Point Center Shopping Center [2.92 mi] [4.7 km]
  • Hampton Roads Wastewater Treatment Plant [0.95 mi] [1.53 km]
  • Newport Square Shopping Center [3.64 mi] [5.85 km]
  • Warwick Yacht Club [0.68 mi] [1.09 km]
  • City Center at Oyster Point [3.05 mi] [4.9 km]
  • Oyster Point of Newport News [2.83 mi] [4.56 km]

Park

  • Pomoco Stadium [1.46 mi] [2.35 km]
  • Deer Park [2.53 mi] [4.07 km]
  • Riverview Farm Park [1.04 mi] [1.68 km]

Populated Place

  • Merry Point Estates [0.86 mi] [1.38 km]
  • Beaconsdale [2.82 mi] [4.54 km]
  • Hidenwood [1.19 mi] [1.91 km]
  • Watergate Estates [0.74 mi] [1.18 km]
  • Glendale [1.62 mi] [2.61 km]
  • Edgewood [0.66 mi] [1.07 km]
  • Barclay Woods [0.23 mi] [0.37 km]
  • Deer Park [2.41 mi] [3.88 km]
  • Beverly Hills [0.39 mi] [0.63 km]
  • Bernard Village [2.66 mi] [4.28 km]
  • Deep Creek [0.6 mi] [0.97 km]
  • Swansea Manor [3.97 mi] [6.39 km]
  • Mammoth Oak [1.1 mi] [1.77 km]
  • Menchville [0.86 mi] [1.38 km]
  • Maxwell Garden [1.16 mi] [1.87 km]

Post Office

  • Hidenwood Post Office [1.58 mi] [2.55 km]

Reservoir

  • Lake Corbin [1.23 mi] [1.97 km]

School

  • Ferguson High School [1.99 mi] [3.21 km]
  • Christopher Newport University [1.7 mi] [2.74 km]
  • Hidenwood Elementary School [1.01 mi] [1.62 km]
  • Saint Stephen School [1.44 mi] [2.31 km]
  • Peninsula Catholic High School [3.58 mi] [5.76 km]
  • Ethel M Gildersleeve Middle School [1.19 mi] [1.92 km]
  • While Away Private School [3.48 mi] [5.6 km]
  • Deer Park Elementary School [2.58 mi] [4.16 km]
  • Watkins Elementary School [3.45 mi] [5.55 km]
  • Resurrection Lutheran School [3.35 mi] [5.39 km]
  • Hampton Roads Montessori School [3.06 mi] [4.92 km]
  • Strayer University - Newport News Campus [3.22 mi] [5.19 km]
  • Enterprise Academy [3.23 mi] [5.2 km]
  • Lollipop Lane Education Childcare [3.02 mi] [4.86 km]
  • Joseph H Saunders Elementary School [3.79 mi] [6.1 km]
  • Richard T Yates Elementary School [1.39 mi] [2.23 km]

Stream

  • Fishers Creek [0.48 mi] [0.77 km]
  • Jail Creek [1.67 mi] [2.69 km]
  • Deep Creek [0.4 mi] [0.65 km]
  • Warwick River [1.37 mi] [2.2 km]

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