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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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-
Population
181,606

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$189,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$972
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    51%
  • Own
    49%

Newport News Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    263
    283
  • Murder
    17
    6
  • Rape
    48
    41
  • Robbery
    148
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    496
    500
  • Theft
    2,255
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    319
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$50,089
National
$55,322
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    37%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%

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I quite enjoy staying in Newport News, it's a part of a 7-city system so it's connected to other awesomely developed cities if you can't find what you want out here. Even though there aren't many sidewalks in certain neighborhood, it has always been a pedestrian friendly and often allow more bike-riding and walking on the main roads. One of the things that I've always loved about Newport News though, is that they give you a choice in what school you want to attend. They have a magnet program for middle and high school students that allows you to pick a school that you're not zoned for and go to it regardless of what area you're in since Newport News's zoning is weird and stretches along a 30 minute road just about. With a good gpa and academic standing, you will be provided transportation to and from the school as well as education in the programs of your choice. It's really awesome!
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Personally, I like the sense of growth and family oriented area. There is so much prosperity here things are constantly changing, for the better in most cases. Now in regards of what needs to change, I do believe something big should be in Newport News. For example, Hampton is popular for buckroe beach, not to mention historical buildings and food trucks, then across we have Virginia Beach which is a tourist attraction. It's for something big here!
I would say Newport News is not any different than any other city. There are good areas through the city, and there are bad areas. Some neighborhoods in Newport News are beautiful, but can get very pricey! The scenery in Newport News is quite beautiful. It has lots of parks and trails. I am not into museums, but the Mariner's Museum seems to be the big attraction here. Busch Gardens isn't too far, either. The last time I was in Newport News I enjoyed one restaurant/bar in particular called Mitty's Ristorante and Mitty's the Club. They are separate, but both located in the Omni Hotel. The restaurant serves up excellent Italian food with a full service bar. The nightclub is pretty casual. It offers dancing, drinks and nuts. Laid-back fun if you are looking for something to do. Another fun activity in Newport News is boating in Lake Maury. The city of Newport News is quite pleasant. Definitely one worth looking into for travel or relocation.