Virginia Beach is a highly desirable location for the highly skilled, highly paid, high-tech workforce.

​Virginia is an employer-friendly state with a ​"Right to Work" labor structure. ​​

Virginia Beach is among the 40 largest cities in the U.S., with a population of 45​0,000 and a regional population of 1.8​ million. 

While a low cost of doing business may be attractive, it is the highly skilled workforce, enhanced by thousands of military personnel and college or university graduates who enter the workforce on an annual basis, and multiple internationally renowned research and development centers that truly make Virginia Beach the best place to do business. ​

Young professionals are a key part of the community in Virginia Beach, not just because of the large military presence here, but also due to the excellent higher education system that exists. ​​

Over fifty percent of the City of Virginia Beach annual budget funds public education with the Virginia Beach City Public Schools, the key to establishing a continuous supply of a highly skilled emerging workforce. Based on the Department of Defense statistics, approximately 14,000 members of the military are available to enter the local workforce each year, along with more than 15,000 graduating college students and 18,000 graduating high school students.

Virginia Beach's Workforce

Civilian Workforce Statistics

  Virginia Beach
​Civilian workforce226,000
Employed 216,261
Unemployment rate4.3%5.3%

Source:  Virginia Employment Commission, December 2020

Additional Workforce

Exiting active-duty military personnel 14,000 annually
Military family members
New high school graduates
 4,989 annually
College graduates15,000 annually

Source:   Hampton Roads Alliance, Navy Fiscal Year 2019 Economic Impact Report, 2019-2020 Virginia Beach City Public Schools, State Council for Higher Education of Virginia, NCES

Virginia Beach City Employment by Sector

​industry sector​​employeespercentage
​​Total, all industries​​175,582
Retail trade (NAICS: 44-45)​22,14112.6%
Accommodation and food services
Health care and social assistance
Educational services
​Finance, insurance, information and real estate


Professional, scientific and technical services
Government total28,71416.3%
​Wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing​​​5,612​3.1%
​​Other services​​6,0193.4%

Manufacturing (NAICS: 31-33)​

Arts, entertainment and recreation2,5891.4​%
​Administrative and Support and Waste Management​10,870​6.1%