Portsmouth, VA Demographics

Population - Employment - Households - Income / Financial - Housing - Education - Marital Status - Means of Transport to Work - Median Income by Zipcode

What is the population of Portsmouth?

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There are 97,454 residents in Portsmouth, with a median age of 35.5. Of this, 48.37% are males and 51.63% are females. US-born citizens make up 95.11% of the resident pool in Portsmouth, while non-US-born citizens account for 3.48%. Additionally, 1.41% of the population is represented by non-citizens.
A total of 82,225 people in Portsmouth currently live in the same house as they did last year.
Y-o-Y Change
Total Population 97,454 2.6%
Male Population 47,135 2.9%
Female Population 50,319 2.4%
Male population 48.37%
Female population 51.63%
Y-o-Y Change
Median Age 35.5 0.0%
Citizen US Born 92,684 2.8%
Citizen not US Born 3,393 -0.2%
Not Citizen 1,377 -3.8%
Citizen US Born 95.11%
Citizen not US Born 3.48%
Not Citizen 1.41%
Y-o-Y Change
Moved from Abroad 418 6.1%
Moved from Same County 4,809 -22.1%
Moved from Same State 5,857 9.9%
Moved from Different State 2,987 -2.2%
Same House as Last Year 82,225 4.1%
Moved from Abroad 0.43%
Moved from Same County 4.99%
Moved from Same State 6.08%
Moved from Different State 3.1%
Same House as Last Year 85.39%

What are the employment statistics in Portsmouth?

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White-collar workers make up 73.08% of the working population in Portsmouth, while blue-collar employees account for 26.92%. There are also 2,482 entrepreneurs in Portsmouth (5.98% of the workforce); 25,560 workers employed in private companies (61.54%); and 10,062 people working in governmental institutions (24.23%).
Y-o-Y Change
White Collar 30,353 1.0%
Blue Collar 11,179 1.5%
White Collar 73.08%
Blue Collar 26.92%
Y-o-Y Change
Self Employees 2,482 -0.2%
Private Companies 25,560 0.9%
Governmental Workers 10,062 -4.4%
Not for Profit Companies 3,428 26.1%
Self Employees 5.98%
Private Companies 61.54%
Governmental Workers 24.23%
Not for Profit Companies 8.25%

How many households are there in Portsmouth?

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There are a total of 38,553 households in Portsmouth, each made up of around 2 members. Family establishments represent 59.67% of these Portsmouth households, while non-family units account for the remaining 40.33%. Additionally, 29.87% of households have children and 70.13% of households are without children.
Y-o-Y Change
Total Households 38,553 5.2%
Average People Per Household 2 -2.4%
Family Households 23,005 5.0%
Non-family Households 15,548 5.5%
Family Households 59.67%
Non-family Households 40.33%
Y-o-Y Change
Households with Children 11,514 7.4%
Households without Children 27,039 4.3%
Households with Children 29.87%
Households without Children 70.13%

What are the median and average incomes in Portsmouth?

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The average annual household income in Portsmouth is $68,483, while the median household income sits at $54,020 per year. Residents aged 25 to 44 earn $59,295, while those between 45 and 64 years old have a median wage of $61,714. In contrast, people younger than 25 and those older than 65 earn less, at $33,951 and $39,153, respectively.
Y-o-Y Change
Average Household Income $68,483 3.7%
Median Household Income $54,020 1.5%
People below Poverty Level 15,724 12.2%
People above Poverty Level 76,689 1.2%

How many homeowners and renters are there in Portsmouth?

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There are 42,934 housing units in Portsmouth, and the median year in which these properties were built is 1966. Of the 38,553 occupied housing units in Portsmouth, 55.67% are owner-occupied, while 44.33% have renters living in them.
Meanwhile, properties bought with mortgages account for 69.62% of the units, and the median value of a home with a mortgage is $185,200. In general, housing costs reach $1,163 per month in Portsmouth.
Y-o-Y Change
Housing Units 42,934 5.0%
Median Year Built 1966 0.0%
Built in 1939 or Earlier 5,330 -0.8%
Built between 1940 and 1949 5,441 15.8%
Built between 1950 and 1959 7,145 2.0%
Built between 1960 and 1969 6,047 7.3%
Built between 1970 and 1979 6,348 -1.2%
Built between 1980 and 1989 4,722 4.3%
Built between 1990 and 1999 3,602 6.4%
Built between 2000 and 2009 2,552 5.4%
Built between 2010 and 2019 1,682 N/A
Built in 2020 or Later 65 N/A
Y-o-Y Change
Occupied Housing Units 38,553 5.2%
Owner Occupied 21,463 6.0%
Renter Occupied 17,090 4.2%
Owner Occupied 55.67%
Renter Occupied 44.33%
Y-o-Y Change
With Mortgage 14,943 3.4%
Without Mortgage 6,520 12.3%
Median Value with Mortgage $185,200 5.1%
Median Value without Mortgage $176,500 3.6%
Median Housing Costs per Month $1,163 2.3%
With Mortgage 69.62%
Without Mortgage 30.38%

What is the level of education in Portsmouth?

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Approximately 40.96% of the population in Portsmouth holds a high school degree (that's 30,573 residents), while 28.04% have attained a college certificate (24,626 locals) and 12.57% have a bachelor's degree (9,378 people).
Y-o-Y Change
No High School 1,680 -17.4%
Some High School 30,573 5.6%
Some College 24,626 1.8%
Associate Degree 7,106 4.7%
Bachelor's Degree 9,378 5.0%
Graduate Degree 4,971 1.3%
No High School 2.25%
Some High School 40.96%
Some College 28.04%
Associate Degree 9.52%
Bachelor's Degree 12.57%
Graduate Degree 6.66%

What is the marital status of Portsmouth residents?

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A total of 30,114 people in Portsmouth have never been married (which represents 38.62% of the total population), while 32,000 of them are wedded (41.04%). Separated and divorced residents are in smaller numbers, at 2,700 (3.46%) and 10,728 (13.76%), respectively.
Y-o-Y Change
Never Married 30,114 1.0%
Married 32,000 3.2%
Separated 2,700 -3.4%
Widowed 5,130 2.8%
Divorced 10,728 4.5%
Never Married 38.62%
Married 41.04%
Separated 3.46%
Widowed 6.58%
Divorced 13.76%

What are the most common means of transportation in Portsmouth?

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The top three means of transportation people in Portsmouth use to get to work are: car, walking and bus or trolley bus. A total of 39,288 residents commute by car, 1,308 prefer going to work by walking and 768 by bus or trolley bus.
Y-o-Y Change
Car 39,288 0.6%
Bus or TrolleyBus 768 -14.2%
Subway or Elevated 31 N/A
Ferryboat 8 -71.4%
Bicycle 113 -27.1%
Motorcycle 50 -35.9%
TaxiCab 59 -9.2%
Walk 1,308 -4.2%

What is the median and average household income in Portsmouth by zipcode?

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ZipCode Population Number of Households Median Income Average Income
23701 25,021 9,518 $57,082.00 $67,603.00
23702 12,220 4,832 $44,619.00 $54,501.00
23703 26,680 9,836 $68,413.00 $89,145.00
23704 18,344 8,037 $42,831.00 $56,781.00
23707 14,038 6,325 $46,980.00 $63,135.00
23708 471 5 $0.00 $0.00
23709 680 0 $0.00 $0.00

Methodology & Disclaimers


Demographic data shown in this section was gathered from the latest U.S. Census Bureau release, the 2021 American Community Survey. The information is updated yearly, as soon as new data is made available by the US Census Bureau.
No representation, guarantee or warranty is made as to the accuracy or completeness of information modified or aggregated for specific neighborhoods and/or zip codes.

Zip codes included in this demographic data: 23701 23702 23703 23704 23707 23708 23709

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