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
    C+
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A
Population
181,323

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$193,100
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$964
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    50%
  • Own
    50%

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
    238
    273
  • Murder
    14
    6
  • Rape
    48
    41
  • Robbery
    133
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    507
    525
  • Theft
    2,325
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    220
    263

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$50,077
National
$53,889
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    11%
  • 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 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.
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In 1968, I was born in Williamsburg, Virginia, which is a stone’s throw from Newport News. We moved to Newport News in 1985. Compared to Williamsburg, Newport News felt like “The Big City”. I left Newport News in 1987, returned in 2006. Wow! What a difference. Newport News has become a city with a community feel. There isn’t a need that cannot be met in Newport News. We have some of the best medical facilities, a wide range of restaurants and diversity among celebratory events. There are several community centers that allow free activities almost every day of the year. We have a wide range of communities that will come together to assist in times of need. One in particular is an organization that coordinates with churches from every denomination that come together to provide food and shelter for the homeless between November thru March. It is wonderful to see us put our personal views and work together to serve others.
I moved to Newport News last August and so far I have really enjoyed it. It does have its areas that aren't the nicest, but most of it is very great. I like how close the grocery store is as well as other places such as the post office and the book store. I'm also right next to Newport News park, which is just an absolute wonderful place to walk your dog or go paddle-boating! The city is also pretty big and just offers a wide variety of entertainment and options. On top of that, we're also a twenty minute car ride from Colonial Williamsburg and Hampton where the local community theatre is. I love living here and I hope I'm able to stay for a while.