Virginia Beach, VA Profile: Facts, Map & Data

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Virginia Beach, Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Virginia Beach is the largest city in Virginia with a population of 448,653 as of July 1, 2015. Virginia Beach ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Virginia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Virginia Beach is located at latitude 36.7794 and longitude -76.0236 in Virginia Beach (city) County. The formal boundaries for the City of Virginia Beach (see map below) encompass a land area of 249.71 sq. miles and a water area of 247.63 sq. miles. Virginia Beach (city) County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 10 feet.

The City of Virginia Beach has a C7 Census Class Code which indicates an incorporated place that is independent of any county. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Virginia Beach population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

City of Virginia Beach, VA Boundary Map

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Virginia Beach, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)

POPULATION

Total Population 448,653
Population in Households 439,746
Population in Familes 358,464
Population in Group Qrtrs 8,907
Population Density1 1,802
Diversity Index2 59
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 171,253
Average Household Size 2.57
Family Households 117,448
Average Family Size 3

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 184,028 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 107,109 (58.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 64,144 (34.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 12,775 ( 6.9%)
Median Home Value $290,866
Average Home Value $352,277
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $61,436
Average Household Income $85,783
Per Capita Income $32,950
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)

GROWTH RATES

2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.46% 0.55%
Households 0.7% 0.66%
Families 0.57% 0.58%
Median Household Income   2.46%
Per Capita Income   2.27%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

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Virginia Beach, VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Virginia Beach to the other 591 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2015 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 1 100th
Population Density1 # 144 76th
Diversity Index2 # 138 77th
Median Household Income # 198 67th
Per Capita Income # 159 73rd

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Virginia Census Data Comparison Tool.