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Portsmouth, VA

The city of Portsmouth, Virginia originated as a plantation community, and was officially founded in 1752 by Colonel William Crawford. It became an independent city in 1858. With a population of approximately 102,000 residents, Portsmouth is enjoying growth thanks to its picturesque waterfront, temperate climate, and solid employment opportunities.

In recent years, the city government of Portsmouth, working with area nonprofit groups, has strived to increase Portsmouth's popularity by renovating the historic downtown district. A driving force in Portsmouth's economic development is the city's location, which provides easy access to major transportation routes, as well as its maritime tradition. Portsmouth is home to major employers including the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, the Naval Medical Center, and the Fifth District Coast Guard Command.


The city of Portsmouth is experiencing a period of economic development. The city's retail base and the existing businesses are especially growing rapidly. Portsmouth has a city department for economic development, which manages many projects worth more than $1 billion in new investment.

Portsmouth is home for a variety of industries. The most prominent of them are associated with the U.S. government as contractors. Many businesses are related to maritime industry, along with healthcare, food and beverage.

By virtue of its central location, Portsmouth offers a very suitable environment for corporate and professional operations. It provides easy access to customers, clients and satellite offices throughout the region. Availability of multi-modal transport, including barges, is also a booster for businesses.

Leading employers in Portsmouth include Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Naval Medical Center, the Fifth District Coast Guard Command, Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center, The Pines Residential Treatment Center, Gwaltney of Smithfield, Earl Industries, CDI Marine, and Wal-Mart Supercenter.


Portsmouth has several historic neighborhoods within its boundaries, including:

Newly established neighborhoods in Portsmouth include:

Other midtown neighborhoods and districts include Glenshellah, Lake Shores, Crescent Place Apartments, Waterview, Mount Hermon, New Port at Victory Village and Westhaven. Victory Neighborhoods include Simonsdale, Glenshellah, Kings Gate Crossing, Westhaven, Green Lakes, New Port at Victory, Crystal Lake Estates, and Cavalier Manor.


There's no shortage of history to explore in Portsmouth. Visitors have many points of interest to choose from, including:





Portsmouth residents are served by several newspapers and magazines:


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