What it's like to live here
If you are looking for a place where you can throw on a pair of jeans and hike through a park during the day and change to evening attire for a night at the opera, then Newport News, Virginia may be perfect for you. Located on the banks of the Hampton Roads harbor in southeastern Virginia, the city is a blend of the old and the new, the rugged and the refined. Residents can roam through a variety of museums ranging from art to wartime relics. There is a lot of green space for outdoor recreation, as well as a sleek theater and concert hall for attending cultural events.

Things to do
There is something for everyone in Newport News.

  • See a section of the Berlin Wall at the Virginia War Museum, which highlights American military history from 1775 to the present through weapons, vehicles, uniforms and insignia.
  • Tour the elegant 1899 Queen Anne residence of African-American attorney J. Thomas Newsome. The Newsome House is listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places and is also a recipient of a 1992 National Historic Preservation Award.
  • Meet your friends for a round of golf at the Kiln Creek Golf Club and Resort. Voted one of the "five best courses in the state of Virginia" by Golf Digest, the par 72 course was designed by architect Tom Clark.
  • Spend a day at the Virginia Living Museum to experience Virginia's natural heritage from the mountains to the sea. Exhibits include red wolves, bald eagles, a loggerhead sea turtle,an observatory, a digital planetarium theater, an outdoor boardwalk, a living greenhouse and a conservation garden.
  • Meander through Historic Hilton Village, a neighborhood of 500 English cottage-style homes built between 1918 and 1920 to provide wartime housing for workers at Newport News Shipbuilding. Today, the neighborhood includes ships, restaurants, a community theatre and library.
  • Shop for unique gifts and original works by local artists at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center. You may even be tempted to sign up for a one-day workshop to discover your own creative side.
  • Go on a seafaring adventure at the Mariners' Museum. Be part of the action in the high-definition battle theater, walk through a full-scale Monitor replica, view interactive exhibits and see artifacts as they undergo conservation.
  • Whether you are into Tschaikowski, Wynton Marsalis or the Blues Brothers, you will find an evening at the Ferguson Center for the Arts at Christopher Newport University an event to remember.
  • Pack up the family for a weekend camping trip with boating, hiking and fishing at Newport News Park. Spanning 8,000 acres of lakes and meadows, the park is one of the largest municipal parks in the country and home to deer, otter, raccoon, beaver and foxes.

Newport News has a mild climate with changing seasons.

  • Average winter temperature: 33 degrees
  • Average summer temperature: 89 degrees
  • Annual average rainfall: 45 inches
  • Annual average snowfall: 3 inches

At a glance

  • Average drive time to work 23 minutes
  • Population (2010) 180,719
  • Median age (2010) 32 years
  • Median family income (2009) $42,520
  • Housing units (2010) 76,198
  • Primary industries Shipbuilding, military, and aerospace

Getting here

  • By air: Richmond International Airport, Norfolk International Airport and Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport provide daily passenger and airfreight services by major commercial airlines.
  • By car: Most highway travelers reach Newport News via Interstate 64.


  • 25 miles north of Norfolk
  • 69 miles east of Richmond
  • 169 miles southeast of Washington, D.C.
  • 288 miles south of Philadelphia


Teacher-student ratio:

  • Elementary 14:1
  • Secondary 14:1 


  • 24 elementary schools
  • 8 middle schools
  • 6 high schools
  • 3 universities