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Virginia Beach city, Virginia

Virginia Beach city, Virginia
Nickname(s):The Resort City, Neptune City
Motto(s):Landmarks of Our Nation's Beginning
- Total:437.994 (2010)
- Density:1.752,0/sq mi (679,1/sq km)
Area code(s):757
Time zone:EST (UTC-5)
Summer Time zone:EDT (UTC-4)
- Total:498 sq mi (1.289 sq km)
- Land:250 sq mi (645 sq km)
- Water:249 sq mi (644 sq km)
- % water:49,96 %

Quick information summary of the Virginia Beach city area.

Virginia Beach city is located in the state of Virginia. It occupies the area of 498 square miles. 249 square miles are water areas and 250 square miles remain for land areas. Center of the Virginia Beach city lies at +36.7793219, -076.0240202 coordinates. According to the 2010 Census, there are 437.994 living in the Virginia Beach city. The racial makeup shows these 3 races as the most frequent : White (67.73%), Black or African American (19.62%) and Asian (6.11%). Median age is 33 for the males and 37 for the females.

Virginia Beach is a city in the U.S. state of Virginia. It is located in the Hampton Roads region, part of the Tidewater region. With a population of 473,994, it is the most populous city in Virginia.

Virginia Beach is a resort city, famous for its miles of beaches, many hotels, resorts and restaurants along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay. In fact, Virginia Beach is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest pleasure beach in the world. It lies at the end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, the longest bridge-tunnel system in the world.

The city is often called “Neptune City” and “Resort City” and its motto is “Landmarks of Our Nation’s Beginning.”

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Statistical data for the Virginia Beach city based on the 2010 U.S. Census

Racial makeup

White alone
296,67067.73 %
Black or African American alone
85,93519.62 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
1,6850.38 %
Asian alone
26,7696.11 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
6570.15 %
Some Other Race alone
8,6221.97 %
Two or More races
17,6564.03 %

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Population break-up based on Counties and Subdivisions in the area

Counties Subdivisions
County (whole county) Virginia Beach city part within the County Subdivision (whole subdivision) Virginia Beach city part within the Subdivision
Virginia Beach city 437.994- Virginia Beach city part437.994
Virginia Beach city 437.994- Virginia Beach city part437.994

Profile of the Virginia Beach city

History of Virginia Beach

Cape Henry, located at the meeting point of the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, was the site of the first landing of English colonists in the New World, in 1607. The first permanent settlement was established in the vicinity and called Jamestown. The area soon became a crucial point for British merchant ships. The governor of Virginia requested that a lighthouse be built to improve safety of the ships and one was in fact built in 1779. A new lighthouse was built in 1881 but the old one remained the symbol of Virginia Beach ever since and it is still featured on the city’s seal and flag.

In 1880, a clubhouse was established on the oceanfront in Virginia Beach, which marked the beginning of the city’s history as a resort town. Railroad reached Virginia Beach in 1883 and connected it with Norfolk and the famous Princess Anne Hotel was opened, with the railroad tracks going up almost to the lobby of the hotel.

The 1920s are the period of tremendous growth of Virginia Beach. After the boardwalk was completed and the Cavalier Hotel was opened, there was no doubt that the city would become a major East Coast beach resort. In 1963 the city annexed the nearby Princess Anne County and its population rose to 125,000. In 1990s, it became the largest city in Virginia, with diverse economy and ever-increasing tourism industry.

Geography and Climate

Virginia Beach is located in southeastern Virginia, in the Hampton Roads region, along the Atlantic Ocean coastline. It belongs to the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Statistical Area in which Norfolk functions mostly as a business and commercial center and Virginia Beach is the principal center of tourism, a resort district and a suburb. Virginia Beach occupies a total area of 497.3 square miles, half of which is water. Virginia beach has the world’s longest pleasure beach, according to the Guinness Book of Records.

The climate in Virginia Beach is humid subtropical. Winters are mild with rare and light snowfall and summers are hot, humid, with warm and pleasant evenings. The geographic position of Virginia Beach puts it outside the usual paths for both the storms and the hurricanes, although it was hit by Hurricane Isabel in 2003.

Virginia Beach Cityscape

The city has 210 parks. Some of the most popular ones are the Mount Trashmore Park, Great Neck Park, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, First Landing State Park, False Cape State Park and Munden Point.


According to the 2010 U.S. census, Virginia Beach has 437,994 inhabitants and the racial makeup is 64.5% non-Hispanic White, 19.6% Black or African American, 6.6% Hispanic or Latino of any race, 6.1% Asian, 0.4% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 4% two or more races and 2% some other race.

In 2010, the median household income was $48,705 and the per capita income was $22,365.

Economy of Virginia Beach

Tourism is a large part of the economy in Virginia Beach and a major source of revenue. Approximately 14,900 people work in tourism and the city gets 2.75 million visitors each year, providing $73 million in revenue. In addition to hundreds of hotels, motels, restaurants, bars and clubs, since 2005 the city also has a large convention center.

In addition to tourism, the city also has large military and agribusiness sectors. It is home to several U.S. Army facilities, including U.S. Navy’s NAS Oceana (the largest employer in Virginia Beach) and Training Support Center Hampton Roads, both considered to be the largest of their kind in the world.

Some of the companies with headquarters in Virginia Beach include Amerigroup, Christian Broadcasting Network, Operation Blessing International and U.S. headquarters of Stihl. Other large employers include Geico, VT and Navy Exchange Service Command.

Attractions, Culture and Events

Virginia Beach has many historic places and sites, most notably the Adam Thoroughgood House, the Cape Henry Lights, Bayville Farm, DeWitt Cottage, Adam Keeling House, Shirley Hall, Wolfhouse and many more.

One of the best museums in the city is the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center is also very popular both among the locals and the tourists. Some of the best performing venues in Virginia Beach are the Virginia Beach Amphitheater and the Sandler Center.

Virginia Beach was the home of Edgar Cayce, considered to be the father of the “New Age” movement. The Edgar Cayce Hospital for Research and Enlightenment is still open for public and features a large library with books on psychic matters.

The largest annual event in the city is the Neptune Festival, which attracts 500,000 visitors at the Oceanfront and some 300,000 visitors at the air show at NAS Oceana.


Virginia Beach has two universities: Regent University, founded by the Christian Evangelist Pat Robertson and Atlantic University, associated with Edgar Cayce’s New Age organization. The city also has campuses of Virginia Tech and University of Virginia, as well as the main campus of the ECPI College of Technology. Virginia Wesleyan College is technically located in Norfolk but most of its campuses are located in Virginia Beach.


Virginia Beach does not have its own airport and the entire Hampton Roads region is served primarily by Norfolk International Airport and Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport. The nearest Amtrak station is also in Newport News and Greyhound and Trailways are available in adjacent Norfolk.

Statistical data for the Virginia Beach city

Data Source : US Census Bureau

Racial makeup

White alone
296,67067.73 %
Black or African American alone
85,93519.62 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
1,6850.38 %
Asian alone
26,7696.11 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
6570.15 %
Some Other Race alone
8,6221.97 %
Two or More races
17,6564.03 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin

Not Hispanic or Latino
409,00793.38 %
Hispanic or Latino
28,9876.62 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin by Race

Not Hispanic or Latino
409,00793.38 %
White alone
282,47069.06 %
Black or African American alone
83,21020.34 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
1,3490.33 %
Asian alone
26,3126.43 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
6020.15 %
Some Other Race alone
8630.21 %
Two or More races
14,2013.47 %
Hispanic or Latino
28,9876.62 %
White alone
14,20048.99 %
Black or African American alone
2,7259.40 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
3361.16 %
Asian alone
4571.58 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
550.19 %
Some Other Race alone
7,75926.77 %
Two or More races
3,45511.92 %

Median Age by Sex

Both sexes

Household Type

Family households
113,99969.05 %
Husband-wife family
83,73273.45 %
Other family
30,26726.55 %
Male householder, no wife present
7,26624.01 %
Female householder, no husband present
23,00175.99 %
Nonfamily households
51,09030.95 %
Householder living alone
38,48475.33 %
Householder not living alone
12,60624.67 %

Geographical and Cultural Features and Landmarks in the Virginia Beach city - including Historical Features

Distance is calculated from the Virginia Beach city center coordinates

Distance limit:

Random list of Geographic Features located within the radius of 3 miles from the Virginia Beach city center


  • Strawbridge Fire Station Number 22 [1.1 mi] [1.77 km]
  • Virginia Beach Volunteer Emergency Medical Services Station 21 General Booth [1.07 mi] [1.73 km]
  • Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office [2.47 mi] [3.98 km]
  • Oceana Naval Air Station - Dam Neck Fire Department [3.38 mi] [5.44 km]
  • Virginia Beach Police Department [2.11 mi] [3.4 km]
  • Seaside Heathcare Center at Atlantic Shores [2.33 mi] [3.74 km]


  • Rainey Point [3.29 mi] [5.29 km]
  • Dam Neck [2.48 mi] [3.98 km]


  • Colonial Grove Memorial Park [3.75 mi] [6.03 km]


  • Virginia Beach Beacon Baptist Church [1.3 mi] [2.09 km]
  • Piney Grove Church [2.51 mi] [4.05 km]
  • International Christian Church [2.85 mi] [4.59 km]
  • Iglesia de Dios Ebenezer [1.67 mi] [2.68 km]
  • Free Will Church [1.72 mi] [2.77 km]
  • Spirit House [3.97 mi] [6.39 km]


  • Lake Tecumseh [3.42 mi] [5.5 km]
  • Lake Redwing [3.07 mi] [4.94 km]


  • Strawbridge Marketplace Shopping Center [1.04 mi] [1.67 km]
  • Hampton Roads Sanitation District Atlantic Sewage Treatment Plant [2.88 mi] [4.64 km]
  • Corporate Landing Office Park [0.63 mi] [1.01 km]
  • Dam Neck Square Shopping Center [1.49 mi] [2.41 km]
  • Shipps Corner Shopping Center [3.23 mi] [5.2 km]
  • Lynnhaven Green Shopping Center [4.03 mi] [6.48 km]


  • Princess Anne Park [3.93 mi] [6.33 km]
  • Redwing Park [1.97 mi] [3.16 km]

Populated Place

  • Woodhouse Corner [1.14 mi] [1.84 km]
  • Gunn Hall Manor [1.1 mi] [1.77 km]
  • Landtown [3.39 mi] [5.45 km]
  • Colony Acres [1.34 mi] [2.16 km]
  • Dam Neck Corner [1.46 mi] [2.35 km]
  • Murdens Corner [1.65 mi] [2.66 km]
  • Shipps Corner [3.22 mi] [5.18 km]
  • Ocean Pines Mobile Home Park [1.09 mi] [1.75 km]

Post Office

  • Dam Neck Post Office [3.47 mi] [5.58 km]


  • Strawbridge Elementary School [0.96 mi] [1.55 km]
  • Christopher Farms Elementary School [2.46 mi] [3.96 km]
  • Ocean Lakes High School [2.41 mi] [3.88 km]
  • Ocean Lakes Elementary School [1.85 mi] [2.98 km]
  • Corporate Landing Middle School [0.86 mi] [1.39 km]
  • Corporate Landing Elementary School [1.08 mi] [1.74 km]


  • James Swamp [2.13 mi] [3.43 km]
  • Malbon Swamp [2.58 mi] [4.16 km]


  • Scopus Marsh [2.41 mi] [3.88 km]

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