Newport News : Virginia


What It Is Like to Retire in Newport News

Newport News is a busy port, shipbuilding center, and military center in Virginia's Hampton Roads. The population is about 180,000.  Photo of Oyster Point City Center, a redevelopment project, courtesy of Wikipedia and Durrock. The North End is an historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The city has its rough edges as well as its charms. The Victory Arch is a local landmark. Langely Air Force Base, Fort Eustis, Fort Monroe, and Naval Weapons Station Yorktown are some of the military facilities in the area. Newport News is home to Christopher Newport University. Picture of View Across the Fountain at City Center at Oyster Point courtesy of Wikipedia and Lyricmac; and picture of The Mariners Museum courtesy of Wikipedia and Mytwocents, Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/

Where to Retire in Newport News and Home Prices

The city has many different neighborhoods including the North End and Hilton Village. Some of them have waterviews. There are active adult communities in the area.
Prices will vary greatly by neighborhood. The median value of a home was about $180,000 in mid-2019, according to Zillow, which refers to it as a "Very Hot" market at this time. The National Association of Realtors reports the median sale price of a home in the Virginia Beach-Newport News-Norfolk VA-NC area was $260,000, during the 2nd quarter of 2020.


What Is Special about Newport News

Newport News has 32 parks, a varied cultural base, several museums, and a diversified economy. Oyster Point is a welcome addition and is often referred to as the new downtown. There are many nice neighborhoods such as Hilton Village and the North End.

What Is Not Special about Newport News

Newport News is well below average in walkability; some not so nice neighborhoods.


Who Will Like Retirement in Newport News

This coastal town offers historical attractions, museums, fishing, and many parks. Christopher Newport University is home to Ferguson Center for the Arts along with sporting events to attend and offers a Lifelong Learning Society for seniors with classes, lectures, bridge, and other activities and events.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Manufacturing drives the economy, with Newport News Shipbuilding the largest employer.

Climate and Physical Environment

The average January temperature is 44 degrees, with July's average at 80 degrees. Newport News gets a few inches of snow during the winter.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Newport News is part of the Toast the Coast Beer, Wine and Shine Trail along the peninsula, and has several seafood restaurants; the town hosts events and festivals year-round including Civil War re-enactments; there are many places of interest and historical sites here including the Mariners' Museum/USS Monitor Center, The Virginia Living Museum, the Endview Plantation, and the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center; Christopher Newport University's Ferguson Center for the Arts provides many cultural attractions with a broad range of performances and programs.


As might be expected in a town with a seaport, the crime rate is above average.

Medical Facilities

Riverside Regional Medical Center and Mary Immaculate Hospital serve the area.


Public transportation is provided by by Hampton Roads Transit; nearby airports include Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, Norfolk International Airport, and Richmond International Airport; Amtrak also serves the city with four trains a day along the Virginia Peninsula to Richmond.

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