Virginia Beach is a large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 450,189 people and 100 constituent neighborhoods, Virginia Beach is the largest community in Virginia.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Virginia Beach is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Virginia Beach is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Virginia Beach who work in office and administrative support (13.71%), sales jobs (12.13%), and management occupations (10.83%).
Virginia Beach is home to a number of people employed in the armed forces. When you visit or walk around Virginia Beach, some of the people you will bump into will be military people In and out of uniform, jogging, shopping and generally out and about town.
Also of interest is that Virginia Beach has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Virginia Beach is one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Virginia Beach is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.
One of the nice things about Virginia Beach is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
Virginia Beach is one of the most car-oriented large cities in America. A full 85.40% of people drive their car alone to work each day. If you like to drive, you'll love it. And you better. Because walking to work is just not a viable option for most people who live in Virginia Beach. Highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers are part of the common Virginia Beach landscape.
The population of Virginia Beach is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 34.83% of adults in Virginia Beach have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Virginia Beach in 2010 was $34,607, which is upper middle income relative to Virginia, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $138,428 for a family of four. However, Virginia Beach contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Virginia Beach is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Virginia Beach home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Virginia Beach residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Virginia Beach include German, Irish, English, Italian, and African.
The most common language spoken in Virginia Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.