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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    C
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    A-
Portsmouth is a town in Ohio with a population of 20,366. Portsmouth is in Scioto County. Living in Portsmouth offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Portsmouth there are a lot of bars, restaurants, and coffee shops. Residents of Portsmouth tend to lean conservative.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$75,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$581
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    52%
  • Own
    48%
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Portsmouth 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
    341.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    4.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    68.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    161.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,040.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,516.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    429.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    13%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    8%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    39%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    17%
    13%

Working in Portsmouth

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$29,016
National
$55,322
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In past years, I would have rated Portsmouth a one star. Possible two. This town hit rock bottom being one of the largest pill mill towns in Ohio. However, Portsmouth seems to be growing in positive ways. Our community is coming together to face the opioid crisis. We are funding community events and clubs. Portsmouth has began cleaning the streets! My hometown will become a proud place to call home once again.
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Portsmouth is a small city, but it's a nice place. The people are friendly, the local schools are well-kept, and the town itself is homely. I've lived there for 17 years, and I've always felt relaxed and comfortable. The floodwall murals by the Ohio River are pure works of art; the detail in each painting is astounding. As far as food goes, Portsmouth has a little bit of everything—steakhouses, pizza parlors, and dairy bars all share residence there. Portsmouth may not be the biggest or flashiest city I've ever been to, but it's one of the most interesting. I love it there, and I definitely recommend a visit.
As someone who was raised in Portsmouth, Ohio and currently lives here I will tell you that this town is full of character. Like any city there are good and bad parts to it. There is a lot of history within the small town of Portsmouth, from the murals, to the flood wall marker, and so on. A majority of the town is made up of the lower income families. Jobs that can actually pay all of your bills and put food on your table are hard to come by here. There’s an epidemic of drugs that have swept through a good part of the town. You either know or have heard of someone who has been affected by the drug epidemic. It was once a booming industrial town in the early 1900’s, but sadly has now become run down with the drug mill. But like any place there are still good parts to it. There is definitely room for improvement.