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0.07% decline
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3.01% growth
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1.51% growth
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0.24% decline


The economy of Portsmouth, VA employs 41,660 people. The economy of Portsmouth, VA is specialized in Public Admin.; Manufacturing; and Admin., Support, Waste Management Services, which employ respectively 2.05; 1.2; and 1.14 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Portsmouth, VA are Healthcare & Social Assistance (6,530), Retail trade (4,879), and Manufacturing (4,818), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, Tech Services ($50,435), Transportation & Warehousing ($39,955), and Utilities ($38,306).

Median household income in Portsmouth, VA is $47,050. Males in Portsmouth, VA have an average income that is 1.24 times higher than the average income of females, which is $39,543. The income inequality of Portsmouth, VA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.439 which is lower than the national average.


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Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Portsmouth, VA. In Portsmouth city, VA the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 25-34, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 52 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $8,773. Petersburg city, VA has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Virginia.


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The closest comparable data for the census place of Portsmouth, VA is from the county of Portsmouth city, VA.

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Portsmouth, VA is home to a population of 96,071 people, from which 98.6% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Portsmouth, VA is composed of 50,170 Black residents (52.2%), 37,413 White residents (38.9%), 3,728 Hispanic residents (3.88%), 2,862 Two+ residents (2.98%), and 1,125 Asian residents (1.17%). The most common foreign languages in Portsmouth, VA are Spanish (2,201 speakers), French (426 speakers), and Chinese (297 speakers), but compared to other places, Portsmouth, VA has a relative high number of Scandinavian (48 speakers), French (426 speakers), and Italian (197 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Portsmouth & Norfolk (Southwest) Cities PUMA, VA awarded 4,641 degrees. The student population of Portsmouth & Norfolk (Southwest) Cities PUMA, VA is skewed towards females, with 1,950 male students and 2,691 female students. Most students in Portsmouth & Norfolk (Southwest) Cities PUMA, VA are White (2,486 and 53.6%), followed by Black or African American (1,322 and 28.5%), Hispanic or Latino (276 and 5.95%), and Asian (256 and 5.52%). The largest universities in Portsmouth & Norfolk (Southwest) Cities PUMA, VA by number of graduates are Tidewater Community College (4,252 and 91.6%), Eastern Virginia Medical School (389 and 8.38%), and N/A (N/A and N/A). The most popular majors in Portsmouth & Norfolk (Southwest) Cities PUMA, VA are General Social Sciences (794 and 17.1%), Biological & Physical Sciences (351 and 7.56%), and General Business Administration & Management (302 and 6.51%). The median tuition costs in Portsmouth & Norfolk (Southwest) Cities PUMA, VA are N/A for private four year colleges, and N/A and N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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The median property value in Portsmouth, VA is $169,400, which is 0.83 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value decreased from $169,800 to $169,400, a 0.24% increase. The homeownership rate of Portsmouth, VA is 53.8%, which is lower than the national average of 63.6%. People in Portsmouth, VA have an average commute time of 23.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Portsmouth, VA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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