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 452,745 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 (13.71%), sales jobs (12.13%), and management occupations (10.99%).

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 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.

One important feature of Virginia Beach is that it is one of the most car-oriented large cities in the country. In fact, 0.86% of people commute to and from work every day by private automobile, eschewing alternative forms of transportation, which are not widely available in Virginia Beach anyway. So, if you like to drive, Virginia Beach is the city for you! The landscape around Virginia Beach reflects this: wide streets, parking lots, plenty of highways, malls, and shopping centers are what you'll find.

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.