Portsmouth is a medium-sized city located in the state of Ohio. With a population of 20,158 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Portsmouth is the 85th largest community in Ohio. Portsmouth has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Portsmouth is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Portsmouth is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Portsmouth who work in food service (12.40%), healthcare (10.51%), and office and administrative support (9.71%).
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Portsmouth spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.68 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
The citizens of Portsmouth are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 16.00% of adults in Portsmouth have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree
The per capita income in Portsmouth in 2018 was $22,068, which is lower middle income relative to Ohio and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $88,272 for a family of four. However, Portsmouth contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Portsmouth also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 36.48% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Portsmouth is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Portsmouth home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Portsmouth residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Portsmouth include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Portsmouth is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.