Portsmouth city, VA

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Population

95,536

0.557% decline

Median Age

35.2


Median Household Income

$48,727

3.56% growth

Poverty Rate

17.7%


Number of Employees

41,692

0.0768% growth

Median Property Value

$169,400

0% growth

About

In 2017, Portsmouth city, VA had a population of 95.5k people with a median age of 35.2 and a median household income of $48,727. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Portsmouth city, VA declined from 96,071 to 95,536, a -0.557% decrease and its median household income grew from $47,050 to $48,727, a 3.56% increase.

The population of Portsmouth city, VA is 52.1% Black or African American Alone, 38.3% White Alone, and 4.07% Hispanic or Latino. 4.8% of the people in Portsmouth city, VA speak a non-English language, and 98.5% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Portsmouth city, VA is $169,400, and the homeownership rate is 54.4%. Most people in Portsmouth city, VA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 23.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Portsmouth city, VA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Portsmouth city, VA employs 41.7k people. The largest industries in Portsmouth city, VA are Health Care & Social Assistance (6,745 people), Retail Trade (5,030 people), and Manufacturing (4,505 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($52,535), Public Administration ($50,617), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($50,518).

Median household income in Portsmouth city, VA is $48,727. Males in Portsmouth city, VA have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $55,180. The income inequality in Portsmouth city, VA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.478, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$48,727

2017 value

± $1,587

3.56%

1 Year Growth

± 4.56%

Households in Portsmouth city, VA have a median annual income of $48,727, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $47,050 in 2016, which represents a 3.56% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$74,183

Average Male Salary

± $1,323

$55,180

Average Female Salary

± $1,030

In 2017, full-time male employees in Portsmouth city, VA made 1.34 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Portsmouth city, VA by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $68,169 ± $3,324

  2. White

    $60,529 ± $977

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $56,661 ± $29,375

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Portsmouth city, VA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.13 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Portsmouth city, VA is from Virginia.

0.478

2017 Wage GINI

0.477

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Virginia was 0.478 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0649% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Virginia was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Virginia in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Virginia across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 2130.01

  2. Census Tract 2130.02

  3. Census Tract 2103

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Portsmouth city, VA was Census Tract 2130.01 with a value of $73,281, followed by Census Tract 2130.02 and Census Tract 2103, with respective values of $67,792 and $63,342.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

17.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Portsmouth city, VA (16.3k out of 92.2k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Females < 5.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Black

    11,230 ± 677

  2. White

    3,910 ± 407

  3. Hispanic

    717 ± 231

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

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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

41.7k

2017 Value

± 1,430

0.0768%

1 Year growth

± 4.83%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Portsmouth city, VA grew at a rate of 0.0768%, from 41.7k employees to 41.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Portsmouth city, VA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,914 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,108 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (2,981 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Portsmouth city, VA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Portsmouth city, VA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,914 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,108 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (2,981 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Portsmouth city, VA has an unusually high number of residents working as Healthcare Support Occupations (1.51 times higher than expected), Transportation Occupations (1.49 times), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.44 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Portsmouth city, VA, by median earnings, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($78,750), Legal Occupations ($70,313), and Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations ($66,136).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

41.7k

2017 Value

± 1,430

0.0768%

1 Year growth

± 4.83%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Portsmouth city, VA grew at a rate of 0.0768%, from 41.7k employees to 41.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Portsmouth city, VA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (6,745 people), Retail Trade (5,030 people), and Manufacturing (4,505 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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Most Common

The most common industries in Portsmouth city, VA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (6,745 people), Retail Trade (5,030 people), and Manufacturing (4,505 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Portsmouth city, VA has an unusually high number of Public Administration (2.01 times higher than expected), Health Care & Social Assistance (1.17 times), and Transportation & Warehousing (1.1 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Portsmouth city, VA, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($52,535), Public Administration ($50,617), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($50,518).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Virginia to other states, or from other states to Virginia.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $27.5B

  2. $26B

  3. $22.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Virginia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $27.5B, followed by Motorized vehicles with $26B and Electronics and $22.4B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Virginia products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$254B

2015 Value

$373B

Projected 2045 Value

46.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Virginia trade was $254B. This is expected to increase 46.7% to $373B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Virginia trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Virginia to other states, or from other states to Virginia.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $23.4B

  2. $12.9B

  3. $11.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Virginia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Maryland with $23.4B, followed by North Carolina with $12.9B and Pennsylvania and $11.1B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Virginia shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

87.9% of the population of Portsmouth city, VA has health coverage, with 38.7% on employee plans, 17.7% on Medicaid, 10.5% on Medicare, 12.8% on non-group plans, and 8.28% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Portsmouth city, VA was $7,556 in 2014. This is a 3.42% increase from the previous year ($7,306).

Primary care physicians in Portsmouth city, VA see 1886 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.77% decrease from the previous year (1920 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 934 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 472 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Mecklenburg County and Halifax County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (15.6%). Additionally, Petersburg city has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (45.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1886 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Portsmouth city, VA see an average of 1886 patients per year. This represents a 1.77% decrease from the previous year (1920 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 neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,556

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,218

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,361

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,677

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Virginia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.42%, from $7,306 to $7,556.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

12.1%

Uninsured

38.7%

Employer Coverage

17.7%

Medicaid

10.5%

Medicare

12.8%

Non-Group

8.28%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Portsmouth city, VA declined by 3.51% from 12.5% to 12.1%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Portsmouth city, VA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 15.6% prevalence

  2. 15.6% prevalence

  3. 15.4% prevalence

Mecklenburg County and Halifax County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Virginia, at 15.6%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Virginia by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Portsmouth city, VA is home to a population of 95.5k people, from which 98.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.02% of Portsmouth city, VA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Portsmouth city, VA is composed of 49.8k Black or African American Alone residents (52.1%), 36.6k White Alone residents (38.3%), 3.89k Hispanic or Latino residents (4.07%), 3.09k Two or More Races residents (3.24%), 1.19k Asian Alone residents (1.25%), 415 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.434%), 368 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.385%), and 129 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.135%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Portsmouth city, VA are Spanish or Spanish Creole (2,201 speakers), French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (426 speakers), and Chinese (297 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

37

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Portsmouth city, VA was 35.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 37. But people in Portsmouth city, VA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Portsmouth city, VA residents was 35.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.02%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

2.7%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 3.02% of Portsmouth city, VA residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Portsmouth city, VA was 2.7%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. El Salvador

    103,545 ± 7,851 people

  2. India

    82,876 ± 7,033 people

  3. Mexico

    56,021 ± 5,792 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Portsmouth city, VA was El Salvador, the natal country of 103,545 Portsmouth city, VA residents, followed by India with 82,876 and Mexico with 56,021.

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Citizenship

98.5%

2017 Citizenship

98.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.5% of Portsmouth city, VA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Portsmouth city, VA was 98.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Black or African American Alone

    49.8k ± 505

  2. White Alone

    36.6k ± 112

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    3.89k ± 613

In 2017, there were 1.36 times more Black or African American Alone residents (49.8k people) in Portsmouth city, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 36.6k White Alone and 3.89k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Portsmouth city, VA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    2,201 speakers (2.48%)

  2. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    426 speakers (0.479%)

  3. Chinese

    297 speakers (0.334%)

4.8% of Portsmouth city, VA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Portsmouth city, VA was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 2.48% of the overall population of Portsmouth city, VA are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.479% speak French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) and 0.334% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Gulf War (2001-)

    3,776 ± 449

  2. Vietnam

    2,594 ± 245

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,983 ± 411

Portsmouth city, VA has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.46 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Portsmouth city, VA was $169,400 in 2017, which is 0.778 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $169,400 to $169,400, a 0% change. The homeownership rate in Portsmouth city, VA is 54.4%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Portsmouth city, VA have an average commute time of 23.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Portsmouth city, VA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$48,727

Median Household Income

± $1,587

36.6k

Number of Households

± 1,210

In 2017, the median household income of the 36.6k households in Portsmouth city, VA grew to $48,727 from the previous year's value of $47,050.

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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Housing

Property Value

$169,400

2017 Median

± $2,462

$169,400

2016 Median

± $2,401

In 2017, the median property value in Portsmouth city, VA stayed at to $169,400 from the previous year's value of $169,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Portsmouth city, VA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Portsmouth city, VA the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$2k - $3k

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Portsmouth city, VA 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 $2k - $3k range.

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Rent vs Own

54.4%

2017 Homeownership

53.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 54.4% of the housing units in Portsmouth city, VA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 53.8%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Portsmouth city, VA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

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, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

23.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Portsmouth city, VA have a shorter commute time (23.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.69% of the workforce in Portsmouth city, VA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.2%

  2. Carpooled

    7.9%

  3. Walked

    3.65%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Portsmouth city, VA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Walked.

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