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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 2017, Portsmouth has a population of 94,572 people<2> (see below for details).

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)

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Portsmouth had a population of 95,535 people (or 100% of the total population of Portsmouth City). This makes Portsmouth the county's most populous community.

The population of Portsmouth represents 1.19% of the total 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 (with a count of 100,565 people).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Portsmouth had an population of 94,572 people. This is a decrease of 1.01% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 5.96% since the 2000 Census).

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

Communities near Portsmouth ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance starting from Portsmouth and not the distance if you drove.<4>.

Community   2017
Population
DirectionDistance
Charlton Village   [Map]   ---   SW   5 miles [8 km]
Chesapeake   [Map]   240,397   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
Hampton   [Map]   134,669   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
Monticello Village   [Map]   ---   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
Newport News   [Map]   179,388   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
Norfolk   [Map]   244,703   NE   5 miles [8 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities, please visit the Nearby 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 Portsmouth City 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.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Portsmouth. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.
  • 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 community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Portsmouth. Our list includes 40 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Portsmouth:

Websites for Portsmouth ...

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

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 get an overview with links that will help you to 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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The official website for Portsmouth: www.ci.portsmouth.va.us/

The official website for State of Virginia: 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.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Portsmouth.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Portsmouth - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting from Portsmouth. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn 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, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Portsmouth

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Portsmouth. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.8549, Longitude: -76.3547     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Portsmouth have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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