Portsmouth is a charming, historic port city located in the middle of Hampton Roads. You can stroll along their famous Seawall and walk through three centuries of history in their historic neighborhoods. Many of Portsmouth’s attractions are clustered within easy walking distance of each other, making it the perfect place to spend a day.
With its central location, just a quick ferry ride from downtown Norfolk, 20 minutes from Virginia Beach, about an hour from Colonial Williamsburg, it is a convenient place to live. There are 5 museums, including the state’s largest children’s museum, and plenty of great restaurants to choose from all while you soak up the city’s quaint, historic charm.
As of the 2000 census, Portsmouth had a total population of 100,565, but a 2006 Census estimate showed the city’s population had increased to 101,377.
The Norfolk Naval Shipyard, often called the Norfolk Navy Yard, is a historic and active U.S. Navy facility, which is actually located in Portsmouth, despite its name. The shipyard builds, remodels, and repairs the Navy’s ships of all types.
Directly opposite Norfolk, the city of Portsmouth also has miles of waterfront land on the Elizabeth River as part of the harbor of Hampton Roads. A bright spot in Portsmouth’s economic outlook is an additional new marine terminal for transloading of container ships scheduled to open in 2007 in the West Norfolk section which will access Portsmouth’s excellent railroad and Interstate highway connections to the rest of Virginia and beyond.