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A+ Newport News Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C Newport News Cost of Living Cost of living is 7% lower than Virginia
Newport News
100same as the US average
Virginia
1088% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Newport News cost of living
F Newport News Crime Total crime is 77% higher than Virginia
Total crime
3,54128% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2928% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
2%Year over year crime is up
Newport News crime
D Newport News Employment Household income is 24% lower than Virginia
Median household income
$50,0899% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$25,52014% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%12% higher than the US average
Newport News employment
F Newport News Housing Home value is 24% lower than Virginia
Median home value
$189,0002% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$9722% higher than the US average
Home ownership
49%22% lower than the US average
Newport News real estate or Newport News rentals
A Newport News Schools HS graduation rate is equal to Virginia
High school grad. rates
85%2% higher than the US average
School test scores
68%39% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:112% lower than the US average
Newport News K-12 schools or Newport News colleges

Living in Newport News, VA

Newport News, Virginia is a mid-sized city with a population of 181,606 inhabitants. Individuals of White (50%) and Black or African American (40%) backgrounds make up a significant portion of the population of the city. The median age of all Newport News residents is 33, which is well below the national average. This is a good indication that this city could be ideal for young singles.

If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a positive experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in Newport News, Virginia. The best areas in Newport News and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, cost of living, employment, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Virginia and national averages.

Newport News, VA receives 73/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #225 in Virginia and #7,212 in the USA. Based on the rankings for each individual category, Newport News has received high marks for amenities (A+) and education (A). Unfortunately for Newport News, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: crime (F), employment (D) and housing (F).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Newport News, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Virginia Living Museum, Mariner's Museum, and Newport News Park.

School test scores can be an important metric in deciding if the local area schools can provide a solid educational system for children. The schools in Newport News have a test score average of 68%, which is well above the US average.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Newport News is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Newport News come in at $189,000, which is 23.9% lower than the Virginia average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Newport News, the home price to income ratio is 3.8, which is 0% lower than the Virginia average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Newport News will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Newport News, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 2.7%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 3.1%.

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Compare Newport News, VA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Newport News, VA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
North King St, Hampton777.512,374
Magruder Area, Hampton753.611,918
Phoebus, Hampton759.610,741
Buckroe, Hampton749.913,309
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Aberdeen, Hampton72613,699
Foxhill, Hampton729.58,835
Greater Wythe, Hampton717.412,712
Mercury Central, Hampton705.711,756

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I would say Newport News is not any different than any other city. There are good areas through the city, and there are bad areas. Some neighborhoods in Newport News are beautiful, but can get very pricey! The scenery in Newport News is quite beautiful.

It has lots of parks and trails. I am not into museums, but the Mariner's Museum seems to be the big attraction here. Busch Gardens isn't too far, either. The last time I was in Newport News I enjoyed one restaurant/bar in particular called Mitty's Ristorante and Mitty's the Club. They are separate, but both located in the Omni Hotel. The restaurant serves up excellent Italian food with a full service bar. The nightclub is pretty casual. It offers dancing, drinks and nuts. Laid-back fun if you are looking for something to do. Another fun activity in Newport News is boating in Lake Maury. The city of Newport News is quite pleasant. Definitely one worth looking into for travel or relocation.
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Source: The Newport News, VA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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