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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.
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.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Newport News demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Newport News City economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Norfolk-Virginia Beach area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 23603 ZIP code.
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.
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
Median rent in Newport News, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $470. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $998.
Libraries in Newport News include Main Street Library, Pearl Bailey Library, Virgil I. Grissom Library, West Avenue Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Newport News include Hampton Roads Daily Press
Newport News City supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Newport News political report.
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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