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 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 (10.99%).
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 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.
Virginia Beach is one of the most car-oriented large cities in America. A full 0.86% 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 substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.85% of adults in Virginia Beach have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Virginia Beach in 2010 was $32,269, which is upper middle income relative to Virginia, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $129,076 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, African, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Virginia Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.