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 449,974 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 managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Virginia Beach who work in office and administrative support (12.52%), sales jobs (11.84%), and management occupations (10.71%).
There are quite a few people in the armed forces living in Virginia Beach, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.
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 a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of Virginia Beach. This makes Virginia Beach a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Virginia Beach presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.
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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
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: 85.28% 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%): 35.18% of adults in Virginia Beach have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Virginia Beach in 2018 was $36,268, which is upper middle income relative to Virginia, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $145,072 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.