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Welcome to Portsmouth ...

When the people of Portsmouth refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Portsmouthite<1>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Portsmouth has a population of 94,398 people<2> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Portsmouth.

The coastal city of Portsmouth is near sea level<3>.

Time Zone: Portsmouth lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

The telephone area code for Portsmouth: (757)

The ZIP code for Portsmouth: 23704<4>

Websites for Portsmouth ...

Official Website: www.ci.portsmouth.va.us/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Portsmouth had an population of 94,398 people. This is a decrease of 1.19% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 6.13% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Portsmouth had a population of 95,535 people.

The population of Portsmouth represents 1.19% of the population of Virginia (which has 8,001,024 people), making it the state's 10th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 95,535 people, the population of Portsmouth decreased 5% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 100,565 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Portsmouth.

Communities Also Named Portsmouth ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are two Virginia communities named Portsmouth: This one is located in and the other is located in Norfolk City.

Beyond Virginia, there are 9 communities that are also named Portsmouth - they are located in Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Ontario and Rhode Island.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Portsmouth.

Communities near Portsmouth ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Portsmouth.

  • Virginia Beach [Virginia Beach City]
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    • Virginia Beach [Virginia Beach City] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the east of Portsmouth
    • Estimated population in 2019: 449,974 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Virginia Beach
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Virginia Beach<6>
  • Chesapeake [Chesapeake City]
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    • Chesapeake [Chesapeake City] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the south of Portsmouth
    • Estimated population in 2019: 244,835 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Chesapeake have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chesapeake
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Chesapeake<6>
  • Hampton [Hampton City]
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    • Hampton [Hampton City] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the north of Portsmouth
    • Estimated population in 2019: 134,510 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hampton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hampton<6>
  • Suffolk [Suffolk City]
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    • Suffolk [Suffolk City] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the southwest of Portsmouth
    • Estimated population in 2019: 92,108 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Suffolk
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Suffolk<6>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Poquoson [Poquoson City]
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      • Poquoson [Poquoson City] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the north of Portsmouth
      • Estimated population in 2019: 12,271 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Poquoson have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Poquoson
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Poquoson<6>
    • Smithfield [Isle of Wight County]
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      • Smithfield [Isle of Wight County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the northwest of Portsmouth
      • Estimated population in 2019: 8,475 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Smithfield have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Smithfield
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Smithfield<6>
    • Sussex [Norfolk City]
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      • Sussex [Norfolk City] lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the north of Portsmouth
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    • Westview Village [Virginia Beach City]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Westview Village
      • Westview Village [Virginia Beach City] lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the east of Portsmouth
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Westview Village have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Glenwood Park [Norfolk City]
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      • Glenwood Park [Norfolk City] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<5> to the north of Portsmouth
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    • Monticello Village [Norfolk City]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Monticello Village
      • Monticello Village [Norfolk City] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<5> to the north of Portsmouth
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Monticello Village have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Monticello Village

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Portsmouth. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Portsmouth.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Portsmouth. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Portsmouth.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Portsmouth. Our list includes 40 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Portsmouth.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Portsmouth ...

Looking for more information about Portsmouth? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Portsmouth, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Portsmouth.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Portsmouth: www.ci.portsmouth.va.us/

The official website for State of Virginia: https://www.virginia.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Portsmouth refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Portsmouth may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Portsmouth.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Portsmouth - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Portsmouth). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Portsmouth or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Portsmouth) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Portsmouth. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from PortsmouthOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Portsmouth. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.8352, Longitude: -76.3069    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






















 

 

 

 

 


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