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Virginia Beach, Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Virginia Beach is the largest city in Virginia with a population of 461,663 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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Virginia Beach, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 461,663
Daytime Population: Workers 207,831
Daytime Population: Residents 220,082
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 427,913
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.93
Population in Households 452,192
Population in Familes 367,527
Population in Group Qrtrs 9,471
Population Density2 1,849
Diversity Index3 61


Median Household Income $67,313
Average Household Income $86,370
Per Capita Income $32,983


Total Housing Units 186,999 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 108,022 (57.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 65,662 (35.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 13,315 ( 7.1%)
Median Home Value $282,842
Average Home Value $352,325


Total Households 173,684
Average Household Size 2.6
Family Households 118,669
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.73% 0.72%
Households 0.7% 0.71%
Families 0.56% 0.61%
Median Household Income   1.72%
Per Capita Income   2.12%

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, 2017 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 Density # 143 76th
Diversity Index # 134 78th
Median Household Income # 179 70th
Per Capita Income # 166 72nd

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