About 22 miles long and only 4 miles wide, the area that became
The famous "Battle of the Ironclads" — the
The shipyard has built aircraft carriers such as the Enterprise, Kennedy, Washington, Vinson and Roosevelt. It is also the only shipyard in the country to build nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, and one of two that build nuclear-powered submarines.
At the other end of the city,
Today, Newport News finds itself amid dramatic transformations. Major developments that mix housing and retail include:
Off Jefferson Avenue, Port Warwick introduced the architectural trend of New Urbanism — a new take on the old, small-town concept of building houses within walking distance of shops and workplaces. It offers upscale eateries, trendy shops, outdoor artwork and new housing.
Just across Jefferson from Port Warwick is City Center. With its fountain that hosts the Peninsula's largest fireworks display in Hollydazzle, a hotel and conference center along with restaurants, retailers and housing, City Center is a crown jewel for Newport News. A vibrant nightlife is anticipated with new restaurants and entertainment venues.
Area: 69.2 square miles
Median age: 33.5 years