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Newport News has a historical foundation based on the presence of water: shipbuilding, fishing, and naval and commercial transport networks. Over the past thirty years, that blue-collar and military bloodline has evolved into a diversified, resilient community defined by applied science, research, higher education, manufacturing and healthcare. Known for its work ethic and adaptable, welcoming business environment, Newport News routinely enjoys unemployment rates lower than the national average, and has produced economic growth through prosperous and difficult economic climates.

Economic Area  Population
Newport News 178,277
Virginia 8,576,326
United States 329,399,330

Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), 2019 Forecast 

Percent of Population by Age Group
Age Range Percent of Population
Under 18 23.1%
18-34 29.3%
35-54 24.1%
55+ 23.5%
Median Age 33.5
Male 48.6%
Female 51.4%

Esri Business Analyst Online 2016 Detailed Age Profile

Median Household Income
Year Amount
2016 $ 50,686
2021 Forecast $ 46,467

Esri Business Analyst Online, 2016 Forecast

Educational Attainment Ages 25+
Newport News Percent
At Least a High School Diploma 89.8%
At Least Some College 62.50%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher 25.70%
United States  
At Least a High School Diploma 87.18%
At Least Some College 59.60%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher 30.45%

Esri Business Analyst Online 2016 Market Profile

Labor Force
Civilian Labor Force 87,720
Employed 83,650
Unemployed 4,071
Unemployment Rate 4.6%

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, November 2017

Largest Employment by Industry Sector
Industry Number of Employees Percent of Workforce
Government 15,974 16.66%
Healthcare and Social Assistance 12,068 12.59%
Retail Trade 9,733 10.15%
Accommodation and Food Services 7,254 7.57%
Administrative Support 5,698 5.94%
Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services 4,447 4.64%

Virginia Employment Commission, Q3 2016

Largest Private Employers
Huntington Ingalls Industries/ Newport News Shipbuilding
Riverside Health Systems
Ferguson Enterprises
Christopher Newport University
Canon Virginia, Inc.
Contact Information
Ms. Florence G. Kingston, Director
City of Newport News Department of Development
2400 Washington Ave., 3rd Floor
Newport News, VA 23607
(P) 757-926-8428
(F) 757-926-3504
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