Newport News, Virginia Education and City Information

About Newport News, Virginia

Newport News was named after Christopher Newport, who was the captain of the Susan Constant, one of the ships that carried Jamestown's settlers to the New World in 1607. The city has a population of 182,965, according to 2014 U.S. census estimates. A diverse area, this city has nearly 50% white residents, 41% African American and 8% Hispanic as of 2010.

Newport News' residents enjoy access to the water all year long. Boating, camping, hiking and fishing are popular activities, and there are numerous parks and recreational spaces, as well as golf courses, public pools and tennis courts. Rich in early American history, Newport News boasts several museums that describe the history of the area along with numerous Civil War battle sites, monuments and homes.

Educational Opportunities

Newport News has various postsecondary institutions, as does the nearby city of Hampton. Christopher Newport University is one of the larger public schools in the city, with more than 5,200 students enrolled in its bachelor's and master's degrees. It was ranked 14th among regional universities in the South, according to 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranking data.

Riverside College of Health Careers is also in Newport News and offers certificates and associate's degrees in practical nursing, surgical technology, physical therapy technology and other health professions. The remaining schools in the city are proprietary institutions offering a range of career programs.

Hampton's public or non-profit private schools include Bethel College, Thomas Nelson Community College and Hampton University. Thomas Nelson is the largest school, with nearly 10,500 students enrolled.

Old Dominion University, located in Norfolk, has online bachelor's programs that were ranked 49th in the nation, according to U.S. News in 2016, while its online graduate education programs ranked 48th. The city of Norfolk is also home to Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk State University and Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Industry and Economic Outlook

Newport News' economy is rooted in shipbuilding, technological research and international commerce. Most employed persons, as of 2012 census data, work in manufacturing with more than 26,500 jobs. The major employers in Newport News include Riverside Health System, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Army and Air Force Exchange Service and Canon Virginia.

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