Newport News is an independent city located on the north side of the Hampton Roads region, in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 2013, the population was estimated to be 183,412, making it the fifth-most populous city in Virginia. The Median Household Income in 2013 was $36,597 and the city includes 120 square miles of area.
Newport News is included in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. It is at the southeastern end of the Virginia Peninsula on the northern shore of the James River. It extends southeast along many miles of waterfront to the river’s mouth at Newport News Point to the harbor of Hampton Roads.
The city’s economy is directly connected to the military with many Newport News residents employed at Newport News Shipbuilding, the combined Army/Air Force Joint Base Langley–Eustis, and other military bases. The location on the harbor and along the James River facilitates the state’s dominant ship building industry, taking advantage of several miles of waterfront.
Newport News also serves as a junction between the rails and the sea with the Newport News Marine Terminals with its internationally known coal shipping. The local fishing industry enjoys these natural resources through well-established commercial and recreational fishing centers. Served by major east-west Interstate Highway 64, it is linked to other cities of Hampton Roads by the circumferential Hampton Roads Beltway which crosses the harbor on two bridge-tunnels. Convenient access by air is found at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport.