Portsmouth, VA

Census Place

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Population
95,311
0.236% 1-year decline
US Senator
Mark Warner
Democratic Party
US Senator
Tim Kaine
Democratic Party
Median Age
35.2

Poverty Rate
17.2%

Median Household Income
$50,224
3.07% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$171,800
1.42% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
41,388
0.729% 1-year decline

About

In 2018, Portsmouth, VA had a population of 95.3k people with a median age of 35.2 and a median household income of $50,224. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Portsmouth, VA declined from 95,536 to 95,311, a -0.236% decrease and its median household income grew from $48,727 to $50,224, a 3.07% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Portsmouth, VA are Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (52.2%), White (Non-Hispanic) (38%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.39%), White (Hispanic) (2.2%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.31%). 0% of the households in Portsmouth, VA speak a non-English language at home as their primary language, and 98.3% of the residents in Portsmouth, VA are U.S. citizens.

In 2018, the median property value in Portsmouth, VA was $171,800, and the homeownership rate was 54.3%. Most people in Portsmouth, VA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Portsmouth, VA was 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Start Year
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-5.78%
Year-over-year decline
Employment change between November 2019 and November 2020

As of November 2020, there are 145M people employed in Virginia. This represents a -5.78% decrease in employment when compared to November 2019.

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

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Virginia across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Portsmouth city, VA went to Hillary Rodham Clinton with 65.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (29.6%), followed by Other (4.56%). The most partisan county was Petersburg city, VA with 87.2% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

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.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Hillary Rodham Clinton
Popular Vote for Portsmouth city, VA
65.9% for the Democratic Party
Most Partisan Counties in Virginia
  1. 87.2% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)
  2. 82% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 81.7% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Virginia was Petersburg city, VA with 87.2% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

The following map shows the counties in Virginia colored by their party leaning.

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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.

The following chart shows elected senators in Virginia over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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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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Diversity

Portsmouth, VA is home to a population of 95.3k people, from which 98.3% are citizens. As of 2018, 3.19% of Portsmouth, VA residents were born outside of the country (3.04k people).

In 2018, there were 1.38 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (49.8k people) in Portsmouth, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 36.2k White (Non-Hispanic) and 3.23k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Portsmouth, VA
  1. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    49.8k ± 585
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    36.2k ± 91
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    3.23k ± 648
4.31%
Hispanic Population
4.11k people

In 2018, there were 1.38 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (49.8k people) in Portsmouth, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 36.2k White (Non-Hispanic) and 3.23k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

4.31% of the people in Portsmouth, VA are hispanic (4.11k people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.19%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
3.04k people
3.02%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
2.88k people

As of 2018, 3.19% of Portsmouth, VA residents (3.04k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Portsmouth, VA was 3.02%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

35
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.2
36
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 2.1

In 2018, the median age of all people in Portsmouth, 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 36. But people in Portsmouth, VA are getting staying the same age. In 2017, the average age of all Portsmouth, VA residents was 35.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. El Salvador
    110,628 ± 8,112 people
  2. India
    90,134 ± 7,331 people
  3. Mexico
    55,497 ± 5,765 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Virginia was El Salvador, the natal country of 110,628 Virginia residents, followed by India with 90,134 and Mexico with 55,497.

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Citizenship

98.3%
2018 Citizenship
98.5%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 98.3% of Portsmouth, VA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Portsmouth, VA was 98.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    3,568 ± 403
  2. Vietnam
    2,462 ± 257
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    2,145 ± 372

Portsmouth, VA has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.45 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Portsmouth, VA is $50,224. In 2018, the place with the highest Median Household Income in Portsmouth, VA was Census Tract 2130.01 with a value of $85,035, followed by Census Tract 2131.04 and Census Tract 2130.02, with respective values of $80,508 and $67,212.

Males in Virginia have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $58,617. The income inequality in Virginia (measured using the Gini index) is 0.479, which is higher than than the national average.

The economy of Portsmouth, VA employs 41.4k people. The largest industries in Portsmouth, VA are Health Care & Social Assistance (6,494 people), Retail Trade (4,989 people), and Manufacturing (4,714 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($52,596), Manufacturing ($51,902), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($51,698).

Wages

Median Household Income

$50,224
2018 value
± $1,622
3.07%
1 Year Growth
± 4.45%

Households in Portsmouth, VA have a median annual income of $50,224, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $48,727 in 2017, which represents a 3.07% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$78,421
Average Male Salary in Virginia
± $1,407
$58,617
Average Female Salary in Virginia
± $1,090

In 2019, full-time male employees in Virginia made 1.34 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Virginia 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 in Virginia
  1. Asian
    $72,838 ± $3,429
  2. White
    $64,618 ± $1,052
  3. Two or More Races
    $51,601 ± $4,191

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Virginia workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.13 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Virginia.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Portsmouth, VA is from Virginia.
0.479
2019 Wage GINI in Virginia
0.479
2018 Wage GINI in Virginia

In 2019, the income inequality in Virginia was 0.479 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.00766% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Virginia was higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less 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 2131.04
  3. Census Tract 2130.02

In 2018, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Portsmouth, VA was Census Tract 2130.01 with a value of $85,035, followed by Census Tract 2131.04 and Census Tract 2130.02, with respective values of $80,508 and $67,212.

The following map shows all of the places in Portsmouth, 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

17.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Portsmouth, VA (15.7k out of 91.6k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females < 5 and then Males 6 - 11.

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
    11,047 ± 726
  2. White
    3,821 ± 420
  3. Hispanic
    703 ± 213

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Portsmouth, 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

41.4k
2018 Value
± 1,432
-0.729%
1 Year decline
± 4.9%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Portsmouth, VA declined at a rate of -0.729%, from 41.7k employees to 41.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Portsmouth, VA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,251 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,169 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (3,249 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Portsmouth, VA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Portsmouth, VA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,251 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,169 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (3,249 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Portsmouth, VA has an unusually high number of residents working as Healthcare Support Occupations (1.68 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.56 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.46 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Portsmouth, VA, by median earnings, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($82,632), Legal Occupations ($74,257), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($66,048).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

41.4k
2018 Value
± 1,432
-0.729%
1 Year decline
± 4.9%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Portsmouth, VA declined at a rate of -0.729%, from 41.7k employees to 41.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Portsmouth, VA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (6,494 people), Retail Trade (4,989 people), and Manufacturing (4,714 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Portsmouth, VA, though some of these residents may live in Portsmouth, 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, VA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (6,494 people), Retail Trade (4,989 people), and Manufacturing (4,714 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Portsmouth, VA has an unusually high number of Public Administration (1.9 times higher than expected), Construction (1.17 times), and Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services (1.15 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Portsmouth, VA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($52,596), Manufacturing ($51,902), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($51,698).

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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. $35.1B
  2. $31.5B
  3. $30.5B

In 2018, the top outbound Virginia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $35.1B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($31.5B) and Electronics ($30.5B).

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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$307B
2018 Value in Virginia
$648B
Projected 2045 Value in Virginia
111% growth

In 2018, total outbound Virginia trade was $307B. This is expected to increase 111% to $648B 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. $21.8B
  2. $20B
  3. $11.7B

In 2018, the top outbound Virginia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Maryland with $21.8B, followed by North Carolina with $20B and Pennsylvania and $11.7B.

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

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Portsmouth, VA was $171,800 in 2018, which is 0.748 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $169,400 to $171,800, a 1.42% increase. The homeownership rate in Portsmouth, VA is 54.3%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Portsmouth, VA have an average commute time of 22.7 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Portsmouth, VA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$171,800
2018 Median
± $3,442
$169,400
2017 Median
± $2,462

In 2018, the median property value in Portsmouth, VA grew to to $171,800 from the previous year's value of $169,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Portsmouth, 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, VA the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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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.
$50,224
Median Household Income
± $1,622
36.5k
Number of Households
± 1,233

In 2018, the median household income of the 36.5k households in Portsmouth, VA grew to $50,224 from the previous year's value of $48,727.

The following chart displays the households in Portsmouth, 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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Property Taxes

$2k - $3k
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Portsmouth, VA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Portsmouth, VA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $2k - $3k range.

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Rent vs Own

54.3%
2018 Homeownership
54.4%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 54.3% of the housing units in Portsmouth, VA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 54.4%.

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

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Commute Time

22.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Portsmouth, VA have a shorter commute time (22.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 1.22% of the workforce in Portsmouth, VA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2018
  1. Drove Alone (81.5%)
  2. Carpooled (8.22%)
  3. Walked (3.84%)

In 2018, 81.5% of workers in Portsmouth, VA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.22%) and those who walked to work (3.84%).

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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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Portsmouth, VA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Portsmouth, VA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Health

89.1% of the population of Portsmouth, VA has health coverage, with 38.4% on employee plans, 18.2% on Medicaid, 10.1% on Medicare, 13.8% on non-group plans, and 8.59% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Virginia 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 1856 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.85% decrease from the previous year (1891 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 828 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 358 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Nottoway County and Bristol city have the highest prevalence of diabetes (22.5%). Additionally, King and Queen County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (48.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,856 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Portsmouth city, VA

Primary care physicians in Portsmouth city, VA see an average of 1,856 patients per year. This represents a 1.85% decrease from the previous year (1,891 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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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%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,556
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Virginia
$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

10.9%
Uninsured
38.4%
Employer Coverage
18.2%
Medicaid
10.1%
Medicare
13.8%
Non-Group
8.59%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Portsmouth, VA declined by 9.39% from 12.1% to 10.9%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Portsmouth, 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. 22.5% prevalence
  2. 22.5% prevalence
  3. 20.3% prevalence

Nottoway County and Bristol city have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Virginia, at 22.5%.

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

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