Ranked in the 63rd percentile


  • Portsmouth is ranked #420 in Virginia
  • Portsmouth is ranked #10,602 in the USA
  • Lots of Local Amenities
  • High Graduation Rates
  • Sunny Weather
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Best Neighborhoods In & Around Portsmouth, VA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
North Central, Virginia Beach8711.625,176
US Navy Little Creek Amphibious Base, Virginia Beach869.24,905
Northwest, Virginia Beach838.973,160
Great Bridge East, Chesapeake8312.217,164
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Great Bridge, Chesapeake839.124,376
Western Branch North, Chesapeake816.818,883
Greenbrier West, Chesapeake816.519,161
Deep Creek South, Chesapeake807.810,890

Best Cities Near Portsmouth, VA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Virginia Beach, VA8417.8449,733
Williamsburg, VA8337.614,988
Suffolk, VA8117.487,061
Smithfield, VA8019.88,304
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Carrollton, VA8016.45,481
Hampton, VA7813.7136,789
Chesapeake, VA784.7233,194
Gloucester Point, VA78329,000
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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).