Newport News, VA

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Newport News History:

What Led to the Label of Newport News Ghetto??? 

Newport News is a city that has always had a rich history within its communities while being known for being the hometown of famous musicians, entertainers, and athletes.

Population: Over 180,000
Newport News Black Population: 40%
Rank in State: Virginia’s 6th largest city
Poverty Rate: 16%
Average Income: $25,000


Newport News History (Background Story)

Newport News history starts out as being one of the few cities in Virginia that were predominantly black, with a large Newport News black population.

with many people owning their own property in the city before Newport News expanded when it combined with the old town of Warwick, Virginia to form a larger Newport News.

Newport News history continues as this once a thriving city began to decline in the 1960s right after desegregation.

The Newport News ghetto continue decline into the 1970s and 80s as the city destroyed parts of the downtown area and moved the city’s center miles away to Oyster Point.


These facts should hopefully explain what had happened to the city and the current state of the Newport News ghetto, a community that is located in Virginia’s most thriving area, the Hampton Roads home to colleges, Virginia Beach, and a number of shipyards.


‘Hoods & Communities

Today, most of the Newport News ghetto is in the southern part of the Peninsula or the Downtown section of Newport News, home to blocks, apartments, and housing projects.



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*Note: All information is provided through people of the community, outside sources, and research. Some information might not be current and/or 100% accurate.