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 459,470 people and 111 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 professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Virginia Beach who work in office and administrative support (11.98%), sales jobs (11.03%), and management occupations (10.71%).
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 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.
Virginia Beach is one of the most car-oriented large cities in America. A full 85.51% 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 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: 37.27% of adults in Virginia Beach have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Virginia Beach in 2018 was $39,788, which is upper middle income relative to Virginia, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $159,152 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 Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Virginia Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.