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Newport News is an independent city, in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk metro area.

The community was named for Capt. Christopher Newport, who explored the area in 1607. Why "News" is a matter of historical debate; some say the community was also named for Sir William Newce.

The latitude of Newport News is 36.978N. The longitude is -76.428W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 20 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 181,647.


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Median household income
Local
$36,597
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Newport News demographic reports
Newport News is at the mouth of the James River.
Former and merged names include:
· Warwick
In 1881 the community was chosen as the end-point of the Chesapeake Ohio Railway. Five years later a ship building company was founded.

The city of Newport News was created out of Warwick County in 1896.

Warwick County became the city of Warwick in 1952. Six years later, in 1958, Warwick and Newport News were combined.

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1,253. The number of murders and homicides was 27. The violent crime rate was 6.9 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 2004 movie, "Ladder 49"
Well-known residents have included:
· Ella Fitzgerald, singer
· William Styron, writer
· Pearl Bailey, singer
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Fall Festival of Folklife - Oct. 6-7, 2007
  • African-American Film Festival - Feb. 3, 17, 24, 2007
  • Juneteenth Freedom Festival - June 16, 2007
  • Come Home to Newport News - May 4-5, 2007
Dates often change. Check Newport News web sites and events links in the sections below.
Historic sites and museums: Mariners' Museum, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Virginia Living Museum, Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center, Christopher Newport Park, Endview Plantation, Lee Hall Mansion, Lee Hall Depot
Colleges and universities: Christopher Newport University
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National index: 100
Local index: 68

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10% of Newport News residents report German ancestry, and 8% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Newport News ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Newport News was $17,843, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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20% of Newport News residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Newport News include North End Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Newport News, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $470.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $998.


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Libraries in Newport News include Main Street Library, Pearl Bailey Library, Virgil I. Grissom Library, West Avenue Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Newport News include Hampton Roads Daily Press

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Newport News City supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Newport News political report.

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The average commute time for Newport News workers is 23 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 31 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Newport News between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.7 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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