A mid-sized city in Virginia, Newport News has approximately 181,000 residents. The city's population, with an average age of just under 36, skews younger than most cities in Virginia. In terms of housing, residents are evenly split between owning (50%) and renting (50%) their home. With a relatively low average rent of $1,031 per month in the city, renting remains an affordable option, particularly compared to other cities in Virginia. Over the course of 12 months, renters in Newport News will save around $3,000 compared to the state average.
Compared to the Virginia average, Newport News has a relatively large number of residents over the age of 25 who possess an Associate's degree (6%). Additionally, 16% possess a Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, or Doctoral degree. Many Newport News residents work in one of three industries: retail, healthcare, and manufacturing. Together, these industries make up 19% of the labor force in the city. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, many residents work in sales, which ranks as the top field in the city. With an average annual income of about $63K, Newport News workers take home less than the average Virginia resident. Newport News's average income also trails the national average of $73,345.
Newport News residents have an average commute of about 25 minutes, outperforming the Virginia average of about 30 minutes. Driving a vehicle is the prevailing means of commuting to work, selected by 43% of workers, while public transportation is not used widely. Few residents (2%) walk to work, though the number surpasses the national average.