Newport News is located in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area of Virginia. It is at the south-western end of the Virginia Peninsula, on the north shore of the James River extending southeast from Skiffe's Creek along many miles of waterfront to the river's mouth at Newport News Point on the harbor of Hampton Roads. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 180,719.
The original area near the mouth of the James River was first referred to as "Newportes Newes" as early as 1621.
The source of the name "Newport News" is not known with certainty. Several versions are recorded, and it is subject of popular speculation locally. Probably the best-known explanation holds that when an early group of Jamestown colonists left to return to England after the Starving Time during the winter of 1609–1610 aboard a ship of Captain Christopher Newport, they encountered another fleet of supply ships under the new Governor Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr in the James River off Mulberry Island with reinforcements of men and supplies. The new governor ordered them to turn around, and return to Jamestown. Under this theory, the community was named for Newport's "good news." Another possibility is that the community may have derived its name from an old English word "news" meaning "new town." At least one source claims that the "New" arose from the original settlement's being rebuilt after a fire
Among the city's major industries are shipbuilding, military, and aerospace. Newport News Shipbuilding, owned by Huntington Ingalls Industries, and the large coal piers supplied by railroad giant CSX Transportation, the modern Fortune 500 successor to the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway (C&O). Miles of the waterfront can be seen by automobiles crossing the James River Bridge and Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel, which is a portion of the circumferential Hampton Roads Beltway, linking the city with each of the other major cities of Hampton Roads via Interstate 664 and Interstate 64. Many U.S. defensive industry suppliers are based in Newport News, and these and nearby military bases employ many residents, in addition to those working at the shipyard and in other harbor-related vocations.
The median income for a household in the city was $36,597, and the median income for a family was $42,520. Males had a median income of $31,275 versus $22,310 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,843. About 11.3% of families and 13.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.6% of those under age 18 and 9.8% of those age 65 or over.
Newport News's mild four season climate means outdoor activities can be enjoyed year round. The weather in Newport News is temperate and seasonal. Summers are hot and humid with cool evenings. The mean annual temperature is 70 °F, with an average annual snowfall of 6 inches and an average annual rainfall of 47 inches. No measurable snow fell in 1999. The wettest seasons are the spring and summer, although rainfall is fairly constant all year round. The highest recorded temperature was 105.0 °F in 1980. The lowest recorded temperature was -3 °F on January 21, 1985.
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Cozzy's Comedy Club - Category: Entertainment - 9700 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601 (757) 595-2800 - (visit website)
Manhattan's New York Deli & Pub - Category: Entertainment - Every Thursday is celebrated with DJ Chuck 8-9:30 pm and SOUL PATCH, a local favorite. - 601 Thimble Shoals Blvd, VA 23606 (757) 873-0555 - (visit website)
Annual Bacchus Wine and Food Festival (February) Location: Virginia Living Museum (757) 595-1900
Fine wines and foods, live entertainment.
First Lady of Song's Red Dress Gala (February) Location: Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center (757) 247-8969
Black-tie event welcomes guests for an evening of culture and entertainment.
Juneteenth Celebration (June) Location: James A. Fields House (757) 245-1991
Celebrate with Newport News, Va “Unity in the Community”.
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