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Overview

Introduction to Virginia Beach, Virginia

Virginia Beach, located in southeastern Virginia's on the Atlantic coast, is the largest city in the state. Once railroads covered the 18 miles between it and Norfolk in the 1880s, Virginia Beach was established as a resort and top tourist destination. The fast-growing metro area, including Norfolk, is driven by four military bases, a still-booming tourism industry and blossoming high-tech industries. Virginia Beach's population, currently at over 430,000, more than doubled since 1980. The city ranked #1 on Ladies Home Journal's 2002 "Best Cities for Women" list.

Virginia Beach Culture

Known as a party town, Virginia Beach has its share of cultural attractions too, with museums that focus on art, marine science and the area's military history. The 20,000-seat Virginia Beach Amphitheater hosts performances of the Virginia Symphony as well as concerts by some of pop music's biggest acts throughout the year. Hip-hop's Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams, known as The Neptunes, are natives of Virginia Beach who run a recording studio in the city. For history buffs, America's colonial past comes alive at nearby Williamsburg and Jamestown, the colonies' first settlement in 1607.

Virginia Beach Sports and Leisure

Spectator sports options are available just 18 miles away in Norfolk, where the Tides play baseball at Harbor Park and the Hampton Roads Admirals play hockey at Scope Arena. For major league sports, Baltimore and Washington are a reachable 3 hours away, offering baseball's Orioles and Expos, the NFL's Ravens and Redskins, the NBA's Wizards and the NHL's Capitals.

Virginia Beach Outdoors

Claiming the Guinness world record for the longest pleasure beach in the world, Virginia Beach is more geared to participatory sports. The area is a haven for surfers, waterskiers, swimmers and sunbathers. The famous Boardwalk is ideal for sun-drenched walking or jogging; its adjoining bike path allows bicycling and rollerblading. First Landing State Park, located on the Chesapeake Bay side of Virginia Beach, offers natural beauty, camping facilities and 19 miles of hiking trails. Little Island Park, located south of beaches frequented by tourists, offers basketball and volleyball courts, plus a fishing pier. Rudee Inlet, which empties into the ocean, is the most popular spot for boating and fishing.

Virginia Beach at Night

Virginia Beach is famous for its thriving nightlife. The city's nighttime activities include hip hop, jazz, and rock music, with dozens of clubs throughout the city and several stages along the boardwalk. Amusement parks and crowded bars along Atlantic and Pacific Avenues are great for mingling and people-watching. In nearby Norfolk, the Waterside Festival Marketplace is a popular spot for dining and entertainment.

People

Total Population 448,290
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 11.8%
Employed Population 16+ 233,647
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 50.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 33.8%
Median Earnings25+ $40,426
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,804
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,197

Wealth

Median Family Income $77,614
% Above Poverty Level 91.7%
% Below Poverty Level 8.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 4.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 24.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,236
Median House Value $259,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 33.9%
US/American 0.1%
English 9.2%
Irish 11.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Virginia Beach Almanac

Category Value
County
Metro Area Norfolk - Virginia Beach - Newport News
Standard Zip Codes 23451, 23452, 23453, 23454, 23455, 23456, 23457, 23459, 23460, 23461, 23462, 23463, 23464
P.O. Box Zip Codes 23450, 23458, 23466, 23467, 23471
Company Zip Codes 23465, 23468, 23479
Phone Area Codes 757
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.82
Longitude -76.08

Virginia Beach Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station OCEANA NAS
Distance 2.6 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 49 F
Apr Temp 48 to 67 F
Jul Temp 71 to 87 F
Oct Temp 53 to 71 F
Annual Precip 44.5 inches
Station NORFOLK INTL AP
Distance 8.6 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 48 F
Apr Temp 48 to 67 F
Jul Temp 71 to 87 F
Oct Temp 53 to 69 F
Annual Precip 45.7 inches
Station SUFFOLK LAKE KILBY
Distance 29.4 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 49 F
Apr Temp 47 to 70 F
Jul Temp 69 to 88 F
Oct Temp 50 to 71 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chesapeake 230,601 $78,923
Hampton 137,081 $60,693
Norfolk 245,452 $51,578
Portsmouth 96,135 $54,547

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Virginia Beach Public Libraries

Library
Virginia Beach Public Library
2416 COURTHOUSE DRIVE BUILDING 19
Virginia Beach, Virginia
(757) 427-4321

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Virginia Beach Hospitals

SENTARA VIRGINIA BEACH GENERAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1060 FIRST COLONIAL RD
(800) 736-8272
Emergency Service: Yes

SENTARA BAYSIDE HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
800 INDEPENDENCE BLVD
(800) 736-8272
Emergency Service: Yes

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  • Master of Arts in Law - Non-Profit Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in English - Self-Designed
  • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies
  • Recognized as a Top 20 Best Online Bachelor’s Program by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.
  • Online, campus-based, and evening courses offered in 95 areas of study, including Business, Nursing, Psychology, & more.
  • Endorsed by G.I. Jobs and Military Advanced Education magazine as a Military Friendly School in 2015.
  • Features small class sizes, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.
  • 88% of Regent University students receive financial aid, with $18 million awarded in institutional scholarships & aid each year.
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  • Culinary Arts (D)
  • Media Arts and Animation (BFA)
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  • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef and Project Runway.
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  • BS in Business Administration - Project Management
  • MSHUS- Family and Community Services
  • AAS in Information Technology - Network Administration
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
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  • Graphic Design, Bachelor of Science (Online)
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Virginia Beach High Schools

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FLOYD KELLAM HIGH
2323 HOLLAND RD
757-427-3232
Serves 2,390 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

OCEAN LAKES HIGH
885 SCHUMAN DRIVE
757-721-4110
A Magnet School.
Serves 2,376 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

PRINCESS ANNE HIGH
4400 VIRGINIA BEACH BLVD
757-473-5000
Serves 2,267 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.8

LANDSTOWN HIGH
2001 CONCERT DR.
757-468-3800
A Magnet School.
Serves 2,154 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.2

TALLWOOD HIGH
1668 KEMPSVILLE RD
757-474-8555
Serves 2,089 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.7

BAYSIDE HIGH
4960 HAYGOOD RD
757-473-5050
A Magnet School.
Serves 2,084 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

FIRST COLONIAL HIGH
1272 MILL DAM RD
757-496-6711
A Magnet School.
Serves 2,080 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.6

FRANK W. COX HIGH
2425 SHOREHAVEN DR
757-496-6767
Serves 2,079 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

KEMPSVILLE HIGH
5194 CHIEF TRAIL
757-474-8400
Serves 2,050 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

SALEM HIGH
1993 SUN DEVIL DR
757-474-8484
Serves 1,929 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

GREEN RUN HIGH
1700 DAHLIA DR
757-431-4040
Serves 1,883 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

COMMONWEALTH CHALLENGE PROGRAM
CAMP PENDLETON/SMR
800-796-6472
A Non-traditional School

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Princess Anne Hotel between 1900 and 1910
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