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Virginia Beach, Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Virginia Beach is the largest city in Virginia with a population of 453,947 as of July 1, 2016. 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 (GNIS ID: 1498559) 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, 2016.

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Virginia Beach, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 453,947
Population in Households 444,542
Population in Familes 362,248
Population in Group Qrtrs 9,405
Population Density1 1,818
Diversity Index2 60


Total Households 171,672
Average Household Size 2.59
Family Households 117,666
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 185,723 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 108,773 (58.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 62,899 (33.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 14,051 ( 7.6%)
Median Home Value $278,523
Average Home Value $348,834


Median Household Income $66,215
Average Household Income $84,691
Per Capita Income $32,522
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.57% 0.65%
Households 0.63% 0.69%
Families 0.51% 0.61%
Median Household Income   2.02%
Per Capita Income   1.42%
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.

Virginia Beach, VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Virginia Beach to the other 593 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 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 # 179 70th
Per Capita Income # 164 73rd

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