Virginia Beach, VA
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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 452,602 people and 100 constituent neighborhoods, Virginia Beach is the largest community in Virginia.

Unlike some cities, Virginia Beach isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Virginia Beach are a mix 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 (14.01%), sales jobs (12.04%), and management occupations (10.93%).

There are many members of the armed forces living in Virginia Beach. You will notice when you visit or live here that some of the people you meet or see around town are employed by the armed services - even if they are not always in uniform.

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 also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

Of the large cities in America, Virginia Beach is one of the most car-oriented. This is reflected in the urban landscape, which features highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers of all sizes. It is also reflected in the statistics: 0.85% of people in Virginia Beach drive to work in their own car everyday, most often alone. So, if you're going to live in Virginia Beach, you'll need to learn to love driving. Alternative forms of transportation aren't very widely used or supported.

The education level of Virginia Beach citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 34.24% of adults in Virginia Beach have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Virginia Beach in 2010 was $33,250, which is upper middle income relative to Virginia, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $133,000 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 Irish, English, Italian, and African.

The most common language spoken in Virginia Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.