City of Portsmouth, Virginia

City of Portsmouth: Administrative division in Virginia, United States


City of Portsmouth is a county located in the U.S. state of Virginia. After 8 years in 2018 county had an estimated population of 215,133 inhabitants.

Portsmouth is located in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area of Virginia along the Elizabeth River. It was established as a town in 1752 and is one of the state's oldest cities. Portsmouth grew quickly as a port and shipbuilding center in the late 18th century.

The Gosport Naval Shipyard opened in 1801 and the battle between the USS Merrimack and USS Monitor during the Civil War occurred off the coast of Portsmouth in 1862. This famous battle ushered in the age of modern ironclad warships.

Key Districts and Features

Some of the main areas of interest in Portsmouth include:

  • Olde Towne - Charming historic district with brick townhomes, shops, cafes, and European-style Market Square.
  • Downtown - Home to City Hall, the Commodore Theatre, museums, and the popular waterfront Seawall area.
  • Churchland - A more suburban section of the city known for quality schools and parks.
  • Craney Island - A military fueling depot and important wildlife habitat on the outskirts of the city.

Things to Do in Portsmouth

Top attractions and activities in Portsmouth include:

  • Exploring centuries of naval history at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum.
  • Taking a ride on the Portsmouth River Cruise for views of the harbor and shipyards.
  • Strolling through the lovely gardens at the Norfolk Botanical Garden.
  • Catching a show at the intimate Commodore Theatre, Virginia's longest running movie theater.
  • Trying craft beer and touring the brewery at Legend Brewing Co, Virginia's oldest microbrewery.

With a prime coastal location, charming neighborhoods, and ties to early American history, Portsmouth offers visitors a unique glimpse into Virginia's past and present. It continues to grow and reinvent itself as a 21st century urban hub.

Quick Facts about City of Portsmouth

Population : 215,133 (2018)
Country : United States of America
State : Virginia (United States)
Time Zone : America/New_York
Local time : 03:57:41 (11th December 2023)


City of Portsmouth is located at 36°50'11"N 76°18'29"W (36.8364900, -76.3079500).

City of Portsmouth map

The largest city of City of Portsmouth is Portsmouth Heights with a population of 99,049. Other cities include and Portsmouth population 95,094. See all City of Portsmouth cities & populated places.

City of Portsmouth Populated Places

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in City of Portsmouth.

City Name Population Title
Portsmouth Heights 99,049 A census-designated place in Newport News, Virginia.
Portsmouth 95,094 The most populous city in Portsmouth, Virginia.


Year Population % Change Method
2015 211,800 - estimation process
2018 215,133 1.55% estimation process

Portsmouth, Ville de Portsmouth

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Loudoun County 422,784 County in Virginia, United States
Chesterfield County 358,245 County in South Carolina, United States
Henrico County 333,766 County in Virginia, United States
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Arlington County 240,119 County in Virginia, United States; suburb of Washington, D.
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Alexandria 158,726 A city in Virginia.
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