Accolades

A "Millenial Boomtown"
Forbes (August 2014)

One of America's Top Destinations for July 4th Celebrations
Priceline.com (June 2014)

A Top 10 Beach Town for Retirees
CBS News (May 2014)

One of America's Best "Cheap Cities" for Raising a Family
NBC's Today Show/Cheapism.com (April 2014)

One of the Big Cities Leading a U.S. Manufacturing Revival
Forbes (November 2013)

One of the Ten Best Cities for Early Retirement
Kiplinger (November 2013)

Virginia Beach/Norfolk MSA has been ranked #6 best place in America for Veterans to find military skill-related jobs
USAA (November 2013)

Gold Award for the Community Profile iBook
International Economic Development Council (October 2013)

Silver Award for the 2012 Annual Report
International Economic Development Council (October 2013)

Virginia named the Best State for Business
Forbes (September 2013)

One of America′s 10 Hardest-Working Cities
Forbes (August 2013)

Virginia Beach Ranked as the Fittest City in America
Facebook's Fittest Cities (July 2013)

2nd Most Business-Friendly City in America
CNNMoney.com Report (June 2013)

Virginia Beach Parks System Ranks Eighth in the Nation​
Trust for Public Land (June 2013)

Three Virginia Beach Companies ranked on the ″Fantastic 50″ fast growing company list​
Daily Press (May 2013)

Virginia named a top state for business
ChiefExecutive.net (May 2013)

Virginia Beach named the 2nd Most Small-Business Friendly City
Governing Magazine (April 2013)

Virginia Beach is the 6th Happiest City in the Country in Which to Work
Forbes.com (January 2013)

One of America′s 50 Best Cities
Bloomberg Businessweek (September 2012)

Virginia Beach Ranked the 9th Fittest City in America for 2011
American College of Sports Medicine (April 2012)

Virginia named Top State in Which to Make a Living in 2012
MoneyRates.com (March 2012)

One of 29 accredited economic development organizations in North America
International Economic Development Council (January 2012)

Named #2 Best City in America for Raising a Family
24/7 Wall Street Journal (January 2012)

Seventh Healthiest City in America for Women
Women's Health Magazine (January 2012)

Best-Run City in America
24/7 Wall Street Journal (January 2012)

Top 10 Best Walking Cities
Prevention Magazine (December 2011)

Named 8th Best City in America
Bloomberg Businessweek (September 2011)

Virginia ranks No. 1 for a pro-business climate
Pollina Real Estate, Inc. (August 2011)

Virginia Beach Boardwalk listed in the Top 10 U.S. Boardwalks
National Geographic Magazine (August 2011)

Virginia named America′s Top State for Business
CNBC (August 2011)

Virginia ranked No. 1 in Economic Growth Potential
Business Facilities (August 2011)

Virginia is 4th best state to make a living
MoneyRates.com (April 2011)

9th Top Digital City in the U.S.
Center for Digital Government (April 2011)

Virginia Beach MSA is 5th Best City for Working Mothers
Forbes Magazine (April 2011)

One of the Nation’s 100 Best Cities for Young People.
America’s Promise Alliance (December 2010)

Family Friendly Cities
Ebony Magazine (October 2010)

Virginia Beach Ranks within Top 20 College Destinations
American Institute for Economic Research (September 2010)

2010 ADC Active Base Community of the Year
Association of Defense Communities (ADC) (April 2010)

2010 Marketing Award of Excellence
International Economic Development Council (April 2010)

″The Virginia Beach neighborhoods of Bay Colony and Cavalier Park ranked No. 18 in WalletPop.com′s list of Top 20 Retirement Dream Areas″
WalletPop.com (March 2010)

Ranked #20 on America′s Fastest Recovering Cities from the Recession
Forbes.com (November 2009)

Virginia Beach Boardwalk listed in the top 10 great public spaces in America
American Planning Association (October 2009)

Virginia Beach is one of the 10 Best Places to Grow Up
U.S. News and World Report (August 2009)

The Best City to Buy a Home
Good Morning America report, Researched by Zillow.com (August 2009)

Ranks among top 20 MSA′s for economic performance during the recession
Brookings Institute (August 2009)

11th best place to retire in U.S.
Money Magazine (August 2009)

Virginia Beach named one of the Happiest Cities for Families
McDonald's, research by Sperling's BestPlaces (July 2009)

Virginia Beach MSA ranks 16th in economic health
Brookings Institute (June 2009)

6th Best Place in the US for the Outdoors
Forbes Magazine (May 2009)

Number 10 Fittest City in the US.
WebMD Health News (May 2009)

Virginia reclaims the title of ″America′s Top State for Business′″
CNBC (April 2009)

6th Best Market for Jobs
Southern Business and Development Magazine (November 2008)

Forbes Names Virginia Beach 6th Best City to ″Ride out the Recession″
Forbes (October 2008)

Virginia Beach′s Sky Bar in Top 10 of Best Rooftop Bars in Unites States
Coastal Living (August 2008)

Virginia Beach MSA ranked #1 in U.S. for high impact firms for jobs and growth
The Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy (July 2008)

Virginia Beach ranks #2 in Best 100 places to raise a family list
Best Life magazine (June 2008)

Virginia Beach ranks in top 10 list of America’s Best Cities for the Outdoors
Forbes (May 2008)

Virginia Beach MSA ranks second in Top Major Market in the South
Southern Business & Development magazine (April 2008)

Top 10 Cities To Give Birth In
Fit Pregnancy (April 2008)

Virginia Beach named in the ten Boardwalks
Sherman Travel (April 2008)

Virginia Beach ranked #4 in U.S. for cleanest surf
The National Resources Defense Council (April 2008)

Virginia Beach ranks in Top 10 Greenest Places to Retire
U.S. News & World Report (April 2008)

Virginia Beach ranked 14th out of the top 100 cities in the U.S. to live and launch a business.
Fortune Small Business (March 2008)

Virginia Beach is the least stressful city in the US
MSNBC report, Biz Journals Study (February 2008)

Virginia is America′s most business-friendly state.
Pollina Corporate Real Estate, Inc. (April 2007)

Virginia′s children have the best chance to succeed
Education Week (April 2007)

10th best fitness-walking city in America
Prevention Magazine (April 2007)

Top 25 Most Literate Cities
Central Connecticut State University (April 2007)

Virginia Beach is one of the top 10 technically advanced cities in the United States
Center for Digital Government’s 2007 Digital Cities Survey (April 2007)

Virginia Beach named among the 100 Best Communities for young people
America's Promise National Forum (April 2007)

One of the nation’s ten best cities to get a job
Forbes (July 2006)

Ranked # 3 in the Country for most educated workforce
Business Facilities (May 2006)

Among the ten best big cities in America
Money Magazine (April 2006)

Virginia is the best state for business
Forbes (April 2006)

One of the ten best economic development departments in the nation
Site Selection Magazine (April 2005)

The 8th least-stressful city in the nation
Sperling’s Best Places (April 2004)

Third fittest city in the country
Men’s Fitness Magazine (April 2004)

4th highest city median household income among the nation’s 68 largest cities
Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (April 2004)

4th on the list of best city Governments
National Policy Research Council (April 2004)

Most technologically advanced government in America (among cities of 250,000 or more)
Digital Cities Survey (April 2004)

One of the top 20 cities in the nation for companies looking to expand or relocate
Expansion Management Magazine (April 2004)

The nation’s lowest crime rate (among cities of over 300,000)
FBI Crime Report (April 2003)