Newport News has the 108th largest population in the United States. The population grew by 0.8% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Newport News is part of the Norfolk metro area. Unemployment in the Norfolk area is 4%, which is the same as the national average, and is getting better. Norfolk has the 39th largest local economy in the US, and a high cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Newport News is below average at $45,460, and the median cost of a home in Newport News is $194,600, which is above the national average. 24% of workers in Newport News hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 88% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Newport News. 78% of Newport News workers drive to work alone, 3% take public transit, 9% carpool, and 8% walk. People in Newport News spend an average of 22 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.