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Overview

Introduction to Newport News, Virginia

The Virginia City of Newport News is located on the southwestern end of the Virginia Peninsula. One of the state's largest cities, Newport News encompasses 62 square miles and lies about 6 miles southeast of Hampton and 24 miles northwest of Norfolk. The city is served by two airports: Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, located in the city itself; and Norfolk International Airport, in Norfolk. The principal highway servicing the city is Interstate I-664. Other major thoroughfares in the area include Interstate I-64; U.S. Routes 17, 60, and 258; and Virginia State Highways 32 and 143.

First settled in 1621, the area had been referred to "Newportes Newes" several years earlier. The actual source of the name is not known with certainty, although several theories are prevalent. Several Civil War engagements took place in the area including the 1862 Peninsula Campaign. Newport News remained a small community until the 1890s when it became the eastern terminus of the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Railway. The city was formally organized and incorporated as a city in 1896 without having earlier been incorporated as a town. In 1958, the neighboring cities of Warwick and Newport News were consolidated as the newly-expanded city of Newport News.

One of the principal movers & shakers in Newport News' history was a man named Collis P. Huntington. Huntington was one of the builders of the country's first transcontinental railroad and owner of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway. Later he became developer of the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, which became the world's largest shipyard and retains its prominence in the shipbuilding field to this day. The city of Huntington, West Virginia was named in his honor, as was Huntington Avenue in Newport News.

Things to Do in Newport News

World-class attractions, over 30 public parks, as well as great places to go and things to see and do are all part of the Newport News visitor experience. The Peninsula Fine Arts Center houses a wide array of diverse artworks and dynamic exhibitions that change every few months. Kids can create personal masterpieces in the interactive Hands On For Kids gallery. Kids will also enjoy the Peninsula S.P.C.A. Exotic Sanctuary & Petting Zoo. The Exotic Sanctuary features an African mandrill, otters, a Siberian tiger, and a black leopard; while the Petting Zoo contains chickens, goats, deer and even a peacock. The U.S. Army Transportation Museum chronicles 200 years of Army transportation through models, dioramas and full-size vehicles and equipment. The Virginia Living Museum offers hands-on activities and an observatory, allowing visitors to explore the underwater world of the Chesapeake Bay and the underground realm of a limestone cave, or experience a steamy cypress swamp and a cool mountain cove. History buffs will savor the Virginia War Museum, where American military history unfolds. Collections of artifacts, vehicles, weapons, posters, and uniforms trace the development of the U.S. military from 1775 to the present.

Soccer fans can take the 10-minute drive to Newport News' neighboring city of Hampton, where pro soccer thrives. The Hampton Roads Piranhas are participants in the United Soccer League's Premier Development League (PDL). Fans of college sports can enjoy Hampton University's NCAA Division I athletic teams. Known as the Pirates, the University's teams compete in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). Baseball fans can take the 30-minute drive to Norfolk, where the Norfolk Tides play Class Triple-A minor league baseball. The Tides are affiliated with MLB's Baltimore Orioles and compete in the International League.

People

Total Population 181,323
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 11.4%
Employed Population 16+ 87,916
Age of the Population 33

Families

% of people married 41.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24%
Median Earnings25+ $32,862
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,998
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,788

Wealth

Median Family Income $58,040
% Above Poverty Level 84.3%
% Below Poverty Level 15.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.2%
% Using Public Transportation 3.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 31.8%
Median Gross Rent $964
Median House Value $193,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 53.9%
US/American 0%
English 8.4%
Irish 8.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Newport News Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 26 miles NW of Virginia Beach, Virginia
County
Metro Area Norfolk - Virginia Beach - Newport News
Standard Zip Codes 23601, 23602, 23603, 23604, 23605, 23606, 23607, 23608
P.O. Box Zip Codes 23609, 23612
Company Zip Codes 23628, 23630, 23631
Phone Area Codes 757
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.05
Longitude -76.47

Newport News Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE
Distance 7 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 47 F
Apr Temp 49 to 66 F
Jul Temp 72 to 85 F
Oct Temp 53 to 68 F
Annual Precip 47.9 inches
Station NORFOLK NAS
Distance 12.4 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 49 F
Apr Temp 50 to 68 F
Jul Temp 73 to 88 F
Oct Temp 55 to 70 F
Annual Precip 43.5 inches
Station NORFOLK INTL AP
Distance 18.2 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 48 F
Apr Temp 48 to 67 F
Jul Temp 71 to 87 F
Oct Temp 53 to 69 F
Annual Precip 45.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Hampton 137,081 $60,693
Norfolk 245,452 $51,578
Poquoson 12,077 $97,684
Portsmouth 96,135 $54,547
Smithfield 8,233 $83,657
Williamsburg 14,754 $74,858

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Newport News Public Libraries

Library
Newport News Public Library System
"700 TOWN CENTER DR., STE. 300"
Newport News, Virginia
(757) 926-1350
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Newport News Hospitals

RIVERSIDE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
500 J CLYDE MORRIS BLVD
(757) 594-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

MARY IMMACULATE HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
2 BERNARDINE DRIVE
(757) 886-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

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MENCHVILLE HIGH
275 MENCHVILLE RD
757-886-7722
Serves 1,989 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

DENBIGH HIGH
259 DENBIGH BLVD
757-886-7700
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,914 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

WOODSIDE HIGH
13450 WOODSIDE LANE
757-886-7530
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,879 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.5

WARWICK HIGH
51 COPELAND LANE
757-591-4700
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,824 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

HERITAGE HIGH
5800 MARSHALL AVE
757-928-6100
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,651 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.5

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228 25TH ST.
757-926-7352
A Non-traditional School

NEW HORIZONS TECH CTR-WOODSIDE
13400 WOODSIDE LN
804-874-4444
A Vocational School

ENTERPRISE ACADEMY/NEWPORT NEWS CITY
813 DILIGENCE DR STE 110
757-591-4971
A Non-traditional School

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Custom house and post office between 1900 and 1910

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Custom house and post office between 1900 and 1910

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Newport News (West Ave. residences) between 1900 and 1910

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