Portsmouth is an independent city located in south eastern Virginia, in the center of the Hampton Roads region. It includes 47 square miles of land, making it the smallest city within our region. In 2013 the population was 96,205 and the median household income was $46,340.
A historically significant city, Portsmouth was founded in 1752 and is the first city in the U.S. with streets laid out, following a master plan. Its famous harbor, along the Elizabeth River, includes mile post zero, on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. The Norfolk Naval Shipyard, often called the Norfolk Navy Yard, a U.S. Navy facility is actually located in Portsmouth. It builds, remodels, and repairs the Navy’s ships of all types. It is located adjacent to Olde Towne, the highest concentration of historic homes between Georgetown, VA and Charleston, SC.
Portsmouth has miles of waterfront land on the Elizabeth River as part of the harbor of Hampton Roads. International conglomerate, Maersk Shipping Lines, operates a new marine terminal for container ships near the U.S. Coast Guard’s Fifth District Operations Center. Portsmouth is home to the largest Naval Hospital complex, in the world, The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and The Children’s Museum of VA along with numerous other museums and attractions.