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Getting to Know Virginia Beach, Virginia

Virginia Beach is located in the southeastern geographic area of Virginia and is the most populous city in the Commonwealth. Virginia Beach is part of the metropolitan area referred to as Hampton Roads.

The City of Virginia Beach combines the richness of the Hampton Roads heritage with the energy and zest of one of the most dynamic cities on the East Coast. Among its attractions are our highly acclaimed public education system, health care facilities, the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach, the Virginia Beach Convention Center and the Virginia Beach Sportsplex all are near our 38 miles of Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean beaches. Residents enjoy a moderate climate, a wide variety of outdoor activities and the ever-changing beauty of the four seasons.

Virginia Beach is governed by a mayor who is one of an elected 11-member City Council. The Council, working closely with the School Board and Superintendent, appropriates funds for the school division’s operational and capital improvement budgets. School Board members are elected by the citizenry in November with elections held every two years. They serve overlapping four-year terms.

Virginia Beach Area
Land: 248 square miles
Water: 59 square miles
Virginia Beach average elevation: 12 feet (4 meters) above sea level

Source: Virginia Beach Economic Development

White 66.3%
African-American 19.2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 7.0%
American Indian or Alaskan Native 0.4%
Two or More Races 4.4%
Other 2.4%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 8.2%
Median age 35.9 years
Male 49.0%
Female 51.0%

Source: Virginia Beach Economic Development

Median Household Income $61,436

Source: Virginia Beach Economic Development

Colleges and Universities in the Virginia Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area
Christopher Newport University 5,172
The College of William and Mary 8,484
Eastern Virginia Medical School 1,143
Hampton University 4,269
Norfolk State University 5,107
Old Dominion University 24,672
Paul D. Camp Community College 1,473
Regent University 7,492
Thomas Nelson Community College 9,316
Tidewater Community College 25,927
Virginia Wesleyan University 1,441

Source: Virginia Beach Economic Development

Last Modified on Monday, April 23, 2018