Ranked in the 40th percentile


  • Portsmouth is ranked #474 in Virginia
  • Portsmouth is ranked #17,478 in the USA
  • Lots of Local Amenities
  • High Graduation Rates
  • Sunny Weather
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Best Neighborhoods In & Around Portsmouth, VA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
US Navy Little Creek Amphibious Base, Virginia Beach819.24,905
North Central, Virginia Beach7811.625,176
Northwest, Virginia Beach768.973,160
Great Bridge East, Chesapeake7612.217,164
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Deep Creek South, Chesapeake747.810,890
Great Bridge, Chesapeake739.124,376
Aberdeen, Hampton721413,699
Western Branch South, Chesapeake717.213,869

Best Cities Near Portsmouth, VA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Scotland, VA8533.6157
Virginia Beach, VA7717.8449,733
Bethel Manor, VA7519.44,181
Williamsburg, VA7537.614,988
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Dendron, VA7437.2296
Yorktown, VA7430.1165
Newport News, VA7319.9181,606
Hampton, VA7313.7136,789
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My Time in Portsmouth, Virginia

I lived in Portsmouth, VA for about 7 months. I lived in the Churchland area of Portsmouth. This area I really enjoyed. There was a variety of great restaurants, bars and some cozy shops to go browsing through. I really did not care for the city very much, outside of the Churchland area. I felt that there was always a negative vibe running through the city of Portsmouth. Anytime I turned on the news, I heard about a robbery or a shooting, with all that crime, its hard to feel safe. In my opinion, Portsmouth is somewhat rundown and in desperate need of a makeover. The downtown area was full of old undermaintained buildings, that looked as though they needed to be condemned. The best looking building in downtown, is the social services building, but even that has the misfortune of being surrounded by empty lots that are strewn with trash. One thing that is nice about Old Towne section of the city of Portsmouth is that they have a ferry that runs across the river to downtown Norfolk, which is located across the water. The ferry commute will allow you to not have the hassle of dealing with the early morning traffic if you work in the downtown Norfolk area.
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Source: The Portsmouth, VA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).