​​Demographics

Virginia Beach is dynamic community strengthened by a diverse mix of industry, attractions, and people. 

Population

Virginia Beach is home to nearly 450,000 people, and it is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia as well as the 43​th largest city in the United States. The City's population is estimated to be 49 percent male and 51 percent female. 

 Virginia Beach
MSA
Population
448,6531,726,131
Households
171,253653,​198
Median age35.936.1
Source: ESRI Community Analyst Online, 2016 Data

 

The Virginia Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), also known as Hampton Roads, is the 37th largest metropolitan area in the United States. It encompasses six counties and nine cities in Virginia and one county in North Carolina with a combined population of 1.7 million people and a workforce of about 825,000.

Virginia Beach Demographics

Race and EthnicityPercentage
​White66.3%
African-American19.2%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race)8.2%
Asian/Pacific Islander7.0%
Two or more races4.4%
Other2.4%
American Indian or Alaska Native0.4%
Source: ESRI Community Analyst Online, 2016 Data

Age Breakdown

Age Number Percent​
9 and under56,99812.7%
10 to 1956,14812.5%
20 to 34105,64823.6%
35 to 4458,35413.0%
45 to 5461,48913.7%
55 to 6453,38011.9%
65 to 7433,6977.5%
75 to 8416,3183.6%
85+6,6211.5%
Source: ESRI Community Analyst Online, 2016 Data; Age of Regional Workforce​

Household Income Distribution

The City’s median household income of $61,436 is 15% higher than the national median ($​​53,217), and the average household income exceeds the national average by $11,084. (Source: ESRI Community Analyst Online, 2016 Data​)

According to a study conducted by Old Dominion University, Virginia Beach is home to more than 32 percent of all high-income households (income over $200,000) in the region. 

 Virginia BeachMSA
United States
Median household income$61,436$54,528$53,217
Average household income$85,783$75,773$74,699
Under $24,99912.6%18.5%23.1%
$25,000 - $49,99925.7%26.6%23.8%
$50,000 - $74,99920.8%19.3%17.6%
$75,000 - $99,99912.4%11.5%12.5%
$100,000+28.5%24.1%23.1%

Source: ESRI Community Analyst Online, 2016 Data

Housing

Housing Units​Virginia Beach
Owner Occupied58.2%
Renter Occupied34.9%
Available/Vacant6.9%
Source: ESRI Community Analyst Online, Market Profile, 2016 Data

Educational Achievement

                                         Virginia Beach
      MSA 
United States

Less than 9th grade  

1.6%2.7%5.7%

Some high school

4.1%6.4%7.5%
High school/GED graduate      

22.2%

25.4% 27.7%
Some college

27.2% 

26.0%21.0%
Associates degree

10.6%

9.4%8.2%
Bachelor's degree

22.5%

19.0%18.6%
Graduate degree

11.8%

11.2%11.4%
Source: ESRI Community Analyst Online, Market Profile,​ 2016 Data