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 450,435 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 (14.01%), sales jobs (12.04%), and management occupations (10.93%).

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.

One thing noticeable about Virginia Beach, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Virginia Beach is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Virginia Beach a great place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun. In fact, Virginia Beach is one of the top larger cities in America for educated single professionals to flock.

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 0.85% 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 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 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.