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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-
Newport News is a city in Virginia with a population of 180,145. Newport News is in Newport News City County. Living in Newport News offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Newport News there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Newport News. The public schools in Newport News are above average.
About Newport News...
Population
180,145

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$193,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,008
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    51%
  • Own
    49%
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Newport News Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    359.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    13.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    49.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    104.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    387.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,216.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    276.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    12%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    36%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

Working in Newport News

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$51,884
National
$55,322
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I like the area I live in (Hilton Village) for it's close community and proximity to other things to do, but overall Newport News is an awkward city and there's not a lot going on. It's very long and skinny (we really only have two main roads, and they run the whole peninsula) and downtown is really far away from a lot of the city! This can also be an issue with schools; I know kids who have an hour, two hour long bus ride. If you're considering moving here for a job opportunity, don't just look at any house within city limits; look for a house that's actually close to your job. Newport News is not walk-able and does not have good public transport, but considering Hampton Road's typical traffic, we don't have it too bad if you have a car. And, while it's not really a "hip" city, we're nearby a lot of tourist attractions, have great healthcare options, and you will be moderately comfortable here no matter your politics. I've lived here my whole life, and I'm happy with it.
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Newport News is my hometown and although I hope to expand my borders, I appreciate the time I've spent here and the people that I meet. There are many activities to do in Newport News and the surrounding cities that do not disappoint. My favorite restaurant here is called Brickhouse Tavern, the atmosphere and staff are so pleasant and of course, the food is extraordinary every time! Growing up here has allowed me to experience many opportunities in all aspects of my life, including my education. I have attended some of my districts best public schools and have many opportunities shown to me to further my education at the college level that vary from specializing in anything from medical science, technology, mathematics and so much more.
I think Newport News is a decent place given the amount of resources in and around the community that it holds. Though it can have some drawbacks, none are substantially bad to where it can prevent living in happiness. It certainly is not the most wealthy area to live, but it provides a nice stepping stone for those who are looking to live without having to pay too much out of pocket at their own expense. The amount of stores and supermarkets it has make it a comforting area to know you can find what you need.

It also happens to be near a lot of great places such as City Center, movie theaters, Busch Gardens, Water Country, and much more!