The city of Newport News, Virginia supports a population of more than 180,000 people within the southwestern section of the Virginia Peninsula. The city is among Virginia's biggest cities. It is part of the Norfolk - Virginia Beach - Newport News metropolitan area.
Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport is the airport of the city. Norfolk International Airport is close by within Norfolk.
The city of Newport News was a small rural community for a long time after it was inhabited in the year 1621. Initially the township was called "Newportes Newes." It is not sure where the name came from. The area was the location of the 1862 Peninsula Campaign during the Civil War. During the 1890s, Newport News became a railroad town when the Chesapeake and Ohio's (C&O) eastern terminus located here. The city of Newport News was incorporated in the year 1896, and in the year 1958, the neighboring Warwick was consolidated along with Newport News.
Businesses in the city of Newport News include shipbuilding, aerospace and military. Military bases are situated in the area, supplied by many defensive industry suppliers in the city. Lots of local residents are employed in these businesses, and in the shipyard and within different harbor-related vocations. Huntington Ingalls Industries owns Newport News Shipbuilding. Coal piers are supplied by CSX Transportation, a Fortune 500 railroad company, the modern successor to C&O. The James River Bridge and Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel are part of the Hampton Roads Beltway.
The maritime business plays a key part within the city of Newport News. Container cranes and heavy-lift cranes can be seen operating at the busy Newport News Marine Terminal, at the end of the CSX railroad tracks. The Marine Terminal has 0.57 km2 of warehouses.
Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding is the city's largest employer, employing more than 15,000 people. The 2nd biggest employer is Fort Eustis, that employs more than 10,000. The 3rd biggest employer is Newport News School System, with approximately 5000 employees.
The Peninsula's Fine Arts Center is part of the city's strong cultural sector. This center features a diverse art collection and hosts regular exhibitions. The Hands On For Kids gallery, is a popular gallery for children to enjoy a fun and interactive place for art-making. Kids even like seeing the black leopard, African mandrill and Siberian tiger at the Peninsula S.P.C.A. Exotic Sanctuary. The Petting Zoo has a peacock, chickens, deer and goats. The U.S. Army Transportation Museum has models and dioramas of historic transportation machinery, as well as a full-size collection. The outdoors can be enjoyed in any of the 30 public parks within Newport News.