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 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.
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.
Of the large cities in America, Virginia Beach is one of the most car-oriented. This is reflected in the urban landscape, which features highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers of all sizes. It is also reflected in the statistics: 0.86% of people in Virginia Beach drive to work in their own car everyday, most often alone. So, if you're going to live in Virginia Beach, you'll need to learn to love driving. Alternative forms of transportation aren't very widely used or supported.
The overall 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, and the average American community has 21.84%.
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.