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Home of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard
Portsmouth is an independent city, in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk metro area.
The community was named for the city in England.
The latitude of Portsmouth is 36.835N. The longitude is -76.298W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 10 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 99,617.
Yellow fever, brought by a ship returning from the tropics, decimated the city in 1855; one-fourth of the population died.
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7% of Portsmouth residents report German ancestry, and 7% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Portsmouth ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Portsmouth was $16,507, compared with $21,587 nationally.
14% of Portsmouth residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
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Historic districts in Portsmouth include Craddock Historic District, Olde Town Historic District, Park View Historic District, Port Norfolk Historic District, Portsmouth Historic District, Truxtun Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Portsmouth, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $432. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $899.
Libraries in Portsmouth include Churchland Branch, Cradock Branch, Manor Branch, Portsmouth Public Library ... View libraries
TV stations in Portsmouth include WAVY, WGNT.
Portsmouth City supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Portsmouth political report.
The average commute time for Portsmouth workers is 24 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 19 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Portsmouth between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 1.9 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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