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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population181,606
Male Share of the Population48.5%
Female Share of the Population51.5%
Senior Citizens11.7%
Employed Population 16+88,159
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married40.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher24.7%
Median Earnings25+$33,768
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,380
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,267

Wealth

Median Family Income$59,079
% Above Poverty Level83.9%
% Below Poverty Level16.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.4%
% Using Public Transportation3.5%

Housing

People Living Alone32.4%
Median Gross Rent$972
Median House Value$189,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)52.9%
English8.2%
Irish8.1%
Italian3.3%
Scottish2.1%
French Except Basque1.6%
Polish1.5%
African1.4%
Dutch1.1%
West Indian1%
Swedish0.6%
Welsh0.6%
Norwegian0.5%
Russian0.5%
Jamaican0.5%
Canadian0.5%
Greek0.4%
Arab0.4%
Hungarian0.3%
Czech0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Nigerian0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Belizean0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Afghan)0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
German0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Newport News Almanac

CategoryValue
County Newport News city, Newport News City
Standard Zip Codes23601, 23602, 23603, 23606, 23607, 23608, 23605, 23604
P.O. Box Zip Codes23609, 23612
Company Zip Codes23628
Phone Area Codes757
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude37.04
Approximate Longitude-76.48

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)

StationLANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE
Distance7 miles
Jan Temp32 to 47 F
Apr Temp49 to 66 F
Jul Temp72 to 85 F
Oct Temp53 to 68 F
Annual Precip47.9 inches
StationNORFOLK NAS
Distance12.4 miles
Jan Temp34 to 49 F
Apr Temp50 to 68 F
Jul Temp73 to 88 F
Oct Temp55 to 70 F
Annual Precip43.5 inches
StationNORFOLK INTL AP
Distance18.2 miles
Jan Temp32 to 48 F
Apr Temp48 to 67 F
Jul Temp71 to 87 F
Oct Temp53 to 69 F
Annual Precip45.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Hampton136,789$60,491
Norfolk245,724$53,219
Poquoson12,068$99,519
Portsmouth96,071$56,377
Smithfield8,304$79,254
Williamsburg14,988$79,491

Newport News Public Libraries

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

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Newport News Hospitals

Mary Immaculate Ambulatory Surgery Center
(Non-profit)
12720 Mcmanus Boulevard
(757) 369-7000
Peninsula Surgery Center
(Non-profit)
12000 Warwick Boulevard
(757) 594-1720
Riverside Regional Medical Center
(Non-profit)
500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd
(757) 594-2000
Mary Immaculate Hospital
2 Bernardine Drive
(757) 886-6000
Riverside Rehabilitation Institute
(Non-profit)
245 Chesapeake Avenue
(757) 928-8000
Riverside Surgery Center- Warwick
(Non-profit)
850 Enterprise Pkwy
(757) 594-2800
Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital
(Non-profit)
2 Bernardine Drive
(757) 886-6200
Hampton Roads Specialty Hospital
245 Chesapeake Avenue
(757) 534-5000

Newport News Public Schools

Deer Park Elem
11541 Jefferson Ave
ZIP: 23601
(757) 591-7470
Primary
Total Enrollment 541
Gatewood Academy
1241 Gatewood Rd.
ZIP: 23601
(757) 591-4963
Primary
Total Enrollment 75
Hilton Elem
225 River Rd
ZIP: 23601
(757) 591-4772
Primary
Total Enrollment 382
Homer L. Hines Middle
561 Mclawhorne Dr
ZIP: 23601
(757) 591-4878
Middle
Total Enrollment 968
Joseph H. Saunders Elem
853 Harpersville Rd
ZIP: 23601
(757) 591-4781
Primary
Total Enrollment 666
Warwick High
51 Copeland Lane
ZIP: 23601
(757) 591-4700
High
Total Enrollment 1415
Watkins Early Childhood Center
21 Burns Drive
ZIP: 23601
(757) 591-4815
Primary
Total Enrollment 493
B.c. Charles Elem
701 Menchville Road
ZIP: 23602
(757) 886-7750
Primary
Total Enrollment 538
Center For Autism
1501 Kiln Creek Pkwy
ZIP: 23602
(804) 874-4444
Kiln Creek Elem
1501 Kiln Creek Pkwy
ZIP: 23602
(757) 886-7961
Primary
Total Enrollment 733
L.f. Palmer Elem
100 Palmer Lane
ZIP: 23602
(757) 881-5000
Primary
Total Enrollment 521
Menchville High
275 Menchville Rd
ZIP: 23602
(757) 886-7722
High
Total Enrollment 1582
T. Ryland Sanford Elem
480 Colony Road
ZIP: 23602
(757) 886-7778
Primary
Total Enrollment 596
Willis A. Jenkins Elem
80 Menchville Road
ZIP: 23602
(757) 881-5400
Primary
Total Enrollment 434
Lee Hall Early Childhood Center
17346 Warwick Blvd
ZIP: 23603
(757) 886-2766
Primary
Total Enrollment 178
Lee Hall Elem
17346 Warwick Blvd
ZIP: 23603
(757) 888-3320
Primary
Total Enrollment 665
Achievable Dream Middle/high
5720 Marshall Ave.
ZIP: 23605
(757) 283-7820
Other
Total Enrollment 484
Carver Elem
6160 Jefferson Ave
ZIP: 23605
(757) 591-4950
Primary
Total Enrollment 728
Crittenden Middle
6158 Jefferson Ave
ZIP: 23605
(757) 591-4900
Middle
Total Enrollment 882
Heritage High
5800 Marshall Ave
ZIP: 23605
(757) 928-6100
High
Total Enrollment 1371
Sedgefield Elem
804 Main Street
ZIP: 23605
(757) 591-4788
Primary
Total Enrollment 578
Enterprise Academy/newport News City
813 Diligence Dr Ste 110
ZIP: 23606
(757) 591-4971
Ethel M. Gildersleeve Middle
1 Minton Dr
ZIP: 23606
(757) 591-4862
Middle
Total Enrollment 1027
Heritage High School Governor's Stem Academy
12465 Warwick Boulevard
ZIP: 23606
(757) 591-4502
Hidenwood Elem
501 Blount Point Rd
ZIP: 23606
(757) 591-4766
Primary
Total Enrollment 635
Newport News & York County Gov's Health Sciences Academy
12465 Warwick Boulevard
ZIP: 23606
(757) 283-7850
Richard T. Yates Elem
73 Maxwell Ln
ZIP: 23606
(757) 881-5450
Primary
Total Enrollment 494
Riverside Elem
1100 Country Club Road
ZIP: 23606
(757) 591-4740
Primary
Total Enrollment 602
Achievable Dream Academy
726 16th St.
ZIP: 23607
(757) 928-6827
Primary
Total Enrollment 677
B.t. Washington Middle
3700 Chestnut Ave
ZIP: 23607
(757) 928-6860
Middle
Total Enrollment 443
Huntington Middle
3401 Orcutt Avenue
ZIP: 23607
(757) 928-6846
Middle
Total Enrollment 551
John Marshall Early Childhood Ctr
743 24th Street
ZIP: 23607
(757) 928-6832
Primary
Total Enrollment 340
Magruder Elem
1712 Chestnut Ave
ZIP: 23607
(757) 928-6838
Primary
Total Enrollment 489
Newport News Juvenile Detention Home
228 25th St.
ZIP: 23607
(757) 926-7352
Newsome Park Elem
4200 Marshall Ave
ZIP: 23607
(757) 928-6810
Primary
Total Enrollment 459
Peninsula Marine Institute
5501 Huntington Ave
ZIP: 23607
(757) 245-3556
David A. Dutrow Elem
60 Curtis Tignor Rd
ZIP: 23608
(757) 886-7760
Primary
Total Enrollment 442
Denbigh Early Childhood Center
15638 Warwick Blvd.
ZIP: 23608
(757) 886-7789
Primary
Total Enrollment 543
Denbigh High
259 Denbigh Blvd
ZIP: 23608
(757) 886-7700
High
Total Enrollment 1388
George J. Mcintosh Elem
185 Richneck Rd
ZIP: 23608
(757) 886-7767
Primary
Total Enrollment 514
Horace H. Epes Elem
855 Lucas Creek Rd
ZIP: 23608
(757) 886-7755
Primary
Total Enrollment 545
J.m. Dozier Middle
432 Industrial Park Dr
ZIP: 23608
(757) 888-3300
Middle
Total Enrollment 1113
Mary Passage Middle
400 Atkinson Way
ZIP: 23608
(757) 886-7600
Middle
Total Enrollment 948
Newport Academy
13400 Woodside Lane
ZIP: 23608
(757) 766-0000
Oliver C. Greenwood Elem
13460 Woodside Lane
ZIP: 23608
(757) 886-7744
Primary
Total Enrollment 690
Point Option Alternative
606 Denbigh Blvd, Suite 200
ZIP: 23608
(757) 591-7408
R.o. Nelson Elem
826 Moyer Rd
ZIP: 23608
(757) 886-7783
Primary
Total Enrollment 588
Richneck Elem
205 Tyner Drive
ZIP: 23608
(757) 886-7772
Primary
Total Enrollment 710
Woodside Campus
13400 Woodside Ln
ZIP: 23608
(804) 874-4444
Woodside High
13450 Woodside Lane
ZIP: 23608
(757) 886-7530
High
Total Enrollment 2054

Newport News Private Schools

Our Lady Of Mount Carmel
52 Harpersville Rd
ZIP: 23601
Elementary
Total Enrollment 347
Peninsula Catholic High School
600 Harpersville Rd
ZIP: 23601
Secondary
Total Enrollment 309
Resurrection Lutheran School & Child Care
765 J Clyde Morris Blvd
ZIP: 23601
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
St Andrews Episcopal School
45 Main St
ZIP: 23601
Elementary
Total Enrollment 106
Denbigh Baptist Christian School
13010 Mitchell Point Rd
ZIP: 23602
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 281
First Baptist Church Denbigh Cdc
3628 Campbell Rd
ZIP: 23602
Elementary
Total Enrollment 23
Hampton Roads Academy
739 Academy Ln
ZIP: 23602
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 571
Holloman Child Development & Education Center
14102 Warwick Blvd
ZIP: 23602
Elementary
Total Enrollment 13
Warwick River Christian School
252 Lucas Creek Rd
ZIP: 23602
Elementary
Total Enrollment 161
Keystone Academy
17579 Warwick Blvd
ZIP: 23603
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 14
Parkview Christian Academy Day
1116 Briarfield Rd
ZIP: 23605
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
Hampton Roads International Montessori School
11790 Jefferson Ave Ste 200
ZIP: 23606
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 105
Calvary Seventh-day Adventist School
1200 17th St
ZIP: 23607
Elementary
Total Enrollment 30
East End Academy
2000 27th St
ZIP: 23607
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 44
Rhema Christian Center Academy
1700 27th St
ZIP: 23607
Elementary
Total Enrollment 21
Trinity Lutheran School
6812 River Rd
ZIP: 23607
Elementary
Total Enrollment 171
Warwick Kids Academy
9288 Warwick Blvd
ZIP: 23607
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
Denbigh Christian Academy
1233 Shields Rd
ZIP: 23608
Elementary
Total Enrollment 85
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