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MedPro’s Featured Destination: Newport News, Virginia

MedPro International is placing foreign-educated healthcare professionals in exciting positions throughout the United States. This week we take a closer look at Newport News, Virginia.


Situated along the James River in Southeast Virginia, Newport News is steeped in history. Just minutes from the first English-speaking colony in the United States and the site of General George Washington’s victory over the British, Newport News is surrounded by more than 100 National Historic Landmarks throughout the state.  The city was named after Christopher Newport, who brought the first English settlers to the New World. But Newport News is much more than its history. The city is part of a vibrant community of almost 2 million people spread across 14 localities known as Hampton Roads.

Explorer Gladys Francisco in Virginia.
Hampton Roads

The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States and home to Naval Station Norfolk, the world’s largest naval station. Newport News and the Hampton Roads area is a haven for maritime activity. Sailing, boating, fishing, and other water-related hobbies and ventures are extremely popular. The large military presence brings a regional diversity to the community. Explorers and their families will enjoy mild winter temperatures with average lows in the 30s and highs in the low 50s and miles and miles of beaches and inlets.


Newport News Shipbuilding is the largest industrial employer in the state and the anchor for the Newport News economy, but technological research and international commerce are also major industries in the area. The city is home to two national laboratories, and the technology sector is one of the city’s fastest growing.


Local Medical Facilities

Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital and Riverside Regional Medical Center are just two of 15 hospitals ranked as high performing in specialties or conditions by U.S. News & World Report.


Quality of Life
  • Cost of Living:  8.7 percent below the national rate
  • Population: 184,587 based on the 2020 Census estimates
  • Median Home Sale Price: $249,895
  • Median Gross Rent: $1,306
  • Median Household Income: $57,463
  • Per Capita Income: $33,082
  • Live below the poverty line: 15.8 percent
  • Median Age: 33.8 years
  • Average commute time: 23.5 minutes



Newport News Public Schools

  • Overall grade: B- (
  • Student-Teacher ratio: 15 to 1
  • Serving: 26,500 students in Pre-K, K through high school

There are several universities and colleges in Newport News and the surrounding Hampton Roads area if Explorers or one of their family members wishes to take a class or pursue a degree. Among the more than 20 options are William & Mary, the second-oldest institution of higher learning in the U.S., Hampton University, an acclaimed HBCU, Christopher Newport University, Ascent College, SVA-Virginia Peninsula Community College, Old Dominion University, and Norfolk State University.


Amtrak provides daily service from Newport News to Washington DC. Explorer Gladys Francisco in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

Hampton Roads Transit provides bus service across the Hampton Roads area with 13 high-frequency 757 Express routes connecting high-density (people and jobs) areas. Busses run every 15 minutes during the peak hours of 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Amtrack service has short trips to Washington DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York and routes up and down East Coast.

Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport has direct flights to Philadelphia, Charlotte, Fort Lauderdale, and Orlando. Neighboring Norfolk International Airport has nonstop flights to Atlanta, Chicago, New York, and more.


Top Attractions

The Mariner’s Museum and Park See artifacts and discover fascinating stories at one of the largest maritime museums in the world. Free and open to the public.

Explorer Meg Dianne Caneda at Shenandoah National Park.

Skyline Drive Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Skyline Drive runs 105 miles north and south along the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park. There are plenty of scenic spots for some great selfies or group pics.

Ferguson Center for the Arts Broadway plays, symphonies, the Shanghai Circus; take in a show at Ferguson Center for the Arts on the campus of Christopher Newport University.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Home to eight world-class roller coasters, including the original Loch Ness Monster and Griffon®, one of the world’s tallest dive coasters, Busch Gardens is a must-visit for thrill seekers.

Colonial Williamsburg Enjoy tours, shopping, and dining while taking a trip back to 18th-century America at Colonial Williamsburg.

Yorktown Visitors can explore the battlefield of the last land battle in the American Revolutionary War, where General George Washington led troops to victory.


Explorer Meg Dianne Caneda in front of King Neptune on the boardwalk at Virginia Beach.

Virginia Beach The Virginia Beach oceanfront area stretches over 6 miles from 89th St. to Rudee Inlet. Visitors can enjoy the 3-mile boardwalk and take a pic with King Neptune on 31 Street.

Virginia Living Museum Walk the Dinosaur Discovery Trail, view the 30,000-gallon Noland Chesapeake Bay Aquarium, or take in a laser show at the Virginia Living Museum.

Shopping Malls, outlets, and boutiques, Explorers can find just about anything they’re looking for at one of the local options.

Norfolk Botanical Garden Visit Virginia’s largest botanical garden, ranked No. 3 in the nation, just a short drive away in Norfolk. Walk the more than 60 gardens, including 558 different species of azaleas.





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