Portsmouth city, VA

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2022 Population
97,384
0.0718% 1-year decline
US Senator
Mark Warner
Democratic Party
US Senator
Tim Kaine
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
35.6
0.282% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
17.4%
1.12% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$57,154
5.8% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$213,300
16.7% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Portsmouth city, VA had a population of 97.4k people with a median age of 35.6 and a median household income of $57,154. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Portsmouth city, VA declined from 97,454 to 97,384, a −0.0718% decrease and its median household income grew from $54,020 to $57,154, a 5.8% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Portsmouth city, VA are Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (51%), White (Non-Hispanic) (36.4%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (5.41%), Two+ (Hispanic) (1.6%), and Other (Hispanic) (1.49%).

None of the households in Portsmouth city, VA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.6% of the residents in Portsmouth city, VA are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Portsmouth city, VA was $213,300, and the homeownership rate was 56.1%.

Most people in Portsmouth city, VA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 23.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Portsmouth city, VA was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Portsmouth city, VA is home to a population of 97.4k people, from which 98.6% are citizens. As of 2022, 3.05% of Portsmouth city, VA residents were born outside of the country (2.97k people).

In 2022, there were 1.4 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (49.6k people) in Portsmouth city, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 35.5k White (Non-Hispanic) and 5.27k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.6%
2022 Citizenship
98.6%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.6% of Portsmouth city, VA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Portsmouth city, VA was 98.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Portsmouth city, VA
  1. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    49.6k ± 884
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    35.5k ± 200
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    5.27k ± 895
5.01%
Hispanic Population
4.88k people

In 2022, there were 1.4 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (49.6k people) in Portsmouth city, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 35.5k White (Non-Hispanic) and 5.27k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.01% of the people in Portsmouth city, VA are hispanic (4.88k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Portsmouth city, VA as a share of the total population.

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Foreign-Born Population

3.05%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
2.97k people
3.2%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
3.12k people

As of 2022, 3.05% of Portsmouth city, VA residents (2.97k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Portsmouth city, VA was 3.2%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    3,597 ± 483
  2. Vietnam
    2,011 ± 329
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,502 ± 305

Portsmouth city, VA has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.79 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Portsmouth city, VA employs 41.8k people. The largest industries in Portsmouth city, VA are Health Care & Social Assistance (6,522 people), Retail Trade (5,329 people), and Manufacturing (5,112 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($65,457), Finance & Insurance ($65,104), and Public Administration ($59,441).

Occupations

41.8k
2022 Value
± 1,675
0.559%
1 Year growth
± 5.61%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Portsmouth city, VA grew at a rate of 0.559%, from 41.5k employees to 41.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Portsmouth city, VA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,365 people), Sales & Related Occupations (3,679 people), and Management Occupations (3,069 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Portsmouth city, VA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

41.8k
2022 Value
± 1,675
0.559%
1 Year growth
± 5.61%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Portsmouth city, VA grew at a rate of 0.559%, from 41.5k employees to 41.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Portsmouth city, VA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (6,522 people), Retail Trade (5,329 people), and Manufacturing (5,112 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Portsmouth city, VA, though some of these residents may live in Portsmouth city, VA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$47,347
Median earning men ± $1,962
$34,855
Median earning women ± $1,655

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($68,712), Information ($67,774), and Manufacturing ($63,838).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($54,830), Public Administration ($53,325), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($46,985).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.48%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 4.1M people employed in Virginia. This represents a 2.48% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.8%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Virginia.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 678
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 355
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 350
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Portsmouth County, VA went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 69.4% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (28.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.62%).

Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are the senators currently representing the state of Virginia. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Virginia is currently represented by 11 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Virginia

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Mark Warner
Senator from Virginia2
Assumed office on January 3, 2009
Tim Kaine
Senator from Virginia1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013

Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are the senators currently representing Virginia.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Virginia

Virginia is currently represented by 11 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Virginia have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.884% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.904% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.71M), Bachelors Degree (1.47M), and Some college (1.4M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Portsmouth city, VA was $213,300 in 2022, which is 0.757 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $182,700 to $213,300, a 16.7% increase. The homeownership rate in Portsmouth city, VA is 56.1%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Portsmouth city, VA have an average commute time of 23.2 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Portsmouth city, VA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Portsmouth city, VA is $57,154. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Portsmouth city, VA was Census Tract 2130.02 with a value of $97,596, followed by Census Tract 2131.04 and Census Tract 2130.01, with respective values of $96,046 and $89,734.

Property

$213,300
Median Property Value 2022
±$4,896
$21,839
Median Property Taxes
±$1,048

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Portsmouth city, VA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

56.1%
Homeownership
2022
63.9%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 56.1% of the housing units in Portsmouth city, VA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 55.7%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 2130.02
  2. Census Tract 2131.04
  3. Census Tract 2130.01

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Portsmouth city, VA was Census Tract 2130.02 with a value of $97,596, followed by Census Tract 2131.04 and Census Tract 2130.01, with respective values of $96,046 and $89,734.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Portsmouth city, VA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$57,154
Median Household Income
± $2,467
39k
Number of Households
± 1,521

In 2022, the median household income of the 39k households in Portsmouth city, VA grew to $57,154 from the previous year's value of $54,020.

The following chart displays the households in Portsmouth city, VA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Portsmouth city, VA is from Virginia.
0.475
2022 Wage GINI in Virginia
0.476
2021 Wage GINI in Virginia

In 2022, the income inequality in Virginia was 0.475 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.164% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Virginia was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Virginia in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (75.4%)
  2. Carpooled (10.3%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.6%)

In 2022, 75.4% of workers in Portsmouth city, VA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.3%) and those who worked at home (6.6%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

23.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Portsmouth city, VA have a shorter commute time (23.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.18% of the workforce in Portsmouth city, VA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Portsmouth city, VA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Portsmouth city, VA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

17.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Portsmouth city, VA (16.3k out of 94.1k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males < 5.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Portsmouth city, VA is Black, followed by White and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

92.3% of the population of Portsmouth city, VA has health coverage, with 37.3% on employee plans, 21.1% on Medicaid, 10.9% on Medicare, 16.1% on non-group plans, and 6.93% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Portsmouth city, VA see 1781 patients per year on average, which represents a 4.04% decrease from the previous year (1856 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 720 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 310 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 45.2% were men and 54.8% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,781 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Portsmouth city, VA

Primary care physicians in Portsmouth city, VA see an average of 1,781 patients per year. This represents a 4.04% decrease from the previous year (1,856 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Portsmouth city, VA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 25.4% under 18 years, 22.7% between 18 and 34 years, 36.3% between 35 and 64 years, and 15.6% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 45.2% were men and 54.8% were women.

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Uninsured People

7.66%
Uninsured
37.3%
Employer Coverage
21.1%
Medicaid
10.9%
Medicare
16.1%
Non-Group
6.93%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Portsmouth city, VA declined by 16.6% from 9.19% to 7.66%.

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Health Outcomes

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In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 82.9 in Portsmouth city, VA.

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Health Behaviors

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In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 36.6% in Portsmouth city, VA.

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Clinical Care

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In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 8.79% in Portsmouth city, VA.

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