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 (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.
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.
One of the benefits of being a big city like Virginia Beach is having a public transportation system, but in Virginia Beach the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the bus for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the bus Virginia Beach benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.
The population of Virginia Beach is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 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.