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August 2017


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March 2016

One of the Top U.S. Metro Areas for Families
Apartment List
March 15, 2016
Among 5 Hottest Beach Vacation Destinations for Families
MSN Travel
March 4, 2016

December 2015

One of the Top 5 Digital Cities in America
Center for Digital Government
December 11, 2015
Best Cities for Outdoor Enthusiasts (No. 5)
SmartAsset.com
December 8, 2015

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August 2015

Virginia Beach received an A+ in Starting a Small Business
Thumbtack.com
August 5, 2015

July 2015


June 2015

Top Destinations for Post-Military Life (No. 1)
MilitaryTimes
June 8, 2015

May 2015

Best Affordable Cities to Start a Family (No. 1)
Christian Science Monitor
May 1, 2015

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January 2015

Best Places to be a kid (No. 2)
SmartAsset.com
January 8, 2015

December 2014


October 2014

One of America's "Best Cities for Global Trade"
Global Trade Magazine
October 30, 2014

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November 2013

One of the Ten Best Cities for Early Retirement
Kiplinger
November 21, 2013

October 2013

Gold Award for the Community Profile iBook
International Economic Development Council
October 15, 2013
Silver Award for the 2012 Annual Report
International Economic Development Council
October 15, 2013

September 2013


August 2013

One of America′s 10 Hardest-Working Cities
Forbes
August 22, 2013

July 2013

Virginia Beach Ranked as the Fittest City in America
Facebook's Fittest Cities
July 9, 2013

June 2013

2nd Most Business-Friendly City in America
CNNMoney.com Report
June 27, 2013

May 2013

Three Virginia Beach Companies ranked on the ″Fantastic 50″ fast growing company list​
Daily Press
May 14, 2013

April 2013

Virginia Beach named the 2nd Most Small-Business Friendly City
Governing Magazine
April 5, 2013

January 2013

Virginia Beach is the 6th Happiest City in the Country in Which to Work
Forbes.com
January 14, 2013

September 2012

One of America′s 50 Best Cities
Bloomberg Businessweek
September 27, 2012

April 2012

Virginia Beach Ranked the 9th Fittest City in America for 2011
American College of Sports Medicine
April 23, 2012

March 2012

Virginia named Top State in Which to Make a Living in 2012
MoneyRates.com
March 21, 2012

January 2012

One of 29 accredited economic development organizations in North America
International Economic Development Council
January 25, 2012
Named #2 Best City in America for Raising a Family
24/7 Wall Street Journal
January 17, 2012
Seventh Healthiest City in America for Women
Women's Health Magazine
January 17, 2012

Best-Run City in America
24/7 Wall Street Journal
January 6, 2012

December 2011

Top 10 Best Walking Cities
Prevention Magazine
December 1, 2011

September 2011

Named 8th Best City in America
Bloomberg Businessweek
September 1, 2011

August 2011

Virginia ranks No. 1 for a pro-business climate
Pollina Real Estate, Inc.
August 17, 2011
Virginia ranked No. 1 in Economic Growth Potential
Business Facilities
August 4, 2011
Virginia Beach Boardwalk listed in the Top 10 U.S. Boardwalks
National Geographic Magazine
August 4, 2011

Virginia named America′s Top State for Business
CNBC
August 4, 2011

April 2011

Virginia is 4th best state to make a living
MoneyRates.com
April 4, 2011
9th Top Digital City in the U.S.
Center for Digital Government
April 1, 2011
Virginia Beach MSA is 5th Best City for Working Mothers
Forbes Magazine
April 1, 2011

December 2010

One of the Nation’s 100 Best Cities for Young People.
America’s Promise Alliance
December 1, 2010

October 2010

Family Friendly Cities
Ebony Magazine
October 1, 2010

September 2010

Virginia Beach Ranks within Top 20 College Destinations
American Institute for Economic Research
September 2, 2010

April 2010

2010 ADC Active Base Community of the Year
Association of Defense Communities (ADC)
April 16, 2010
2010 Marketing Award of Excellence
International Economic Development Council
April 2, 2010

March 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 18, 2010

November 2009

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

October 2009

Virginia Beach Boardwalk listed in the top 10 great public spaces in America
American Planning Association
October 17, 2009

August 2009

Virginia Beach is one of the 10 Best Places to Grow Up
U.S. News and World Report
August 27, 2009
The Best City to Buy a Home
Good Morning America report, Researched by Zillow.com
August 21, 2009
Ranks among top 20 MSA′s for economic performance during the recession
Brookings Institute
August 20, 2009

11th best place to retire in U.S.
Money Magazine
August 7, 2009

July 2009

Virginia Beach named one of the Happiest Cities for Families
McDonald's, research by Sperling's BestPlaces
July 17, 2009

June 2009

Virginia Beach MSA ranks 16th in economic health
Brookings Institute
June 19, 2009

May 2009

6th Best Place in the US for the Outdoors
Forbes Magazine
May 16, 2009
Number 10 Fittest City in the US.
WebMD Health News
May 8, 2009

April 2009

Virginia reclaims the title of ″America′s Top State for Business′″
CNBC
April 30, 2009

November 2008

6th Best Market for Jobs
Southern Business and Development Magazine
November 1, 2008

October 2008

Forbes Names Virginia Beach 6th Best City to ″Ride out the Recession″
Forbes
October 1, 2008

August 2008

Virginia Beach′s Sky Bar in Top 10 of Best Rooftop Bars in Unites States
Coastal Living
August 7, 2008

July 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 1, 2008

June 2008

Virginia Beach ranks #2 in Best 100 places to raise a family list
Best Life magazine
June 7, 2008

May 2008

Virginia Beach ranks in top 10 list of America’s Best Cities for the Outdoors
Forbes
May 2, 2008

April 2008

Virginia Beach MSA ranks second in Top Major Market in the South
Southern Business & Development magazine
April 10, 2008
Top 10 Cities To Give Birth In
Fit Pregnancy
April 9, 2008
Virginia Beach ranked #4 in U.S. for cleanest surf
The National Resources Defense Council
April 1, 2008

Virginia Beach ranks in Top 10 Greenest Places to Retire
U.S. News & World Report
April 1, 2008
Virginia Beach named in the ten Boardwalks
Sherman Travel
April 1, 2008

March 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 4, 2008

February 2008

Virginia Beach is the least stressful city in the US
MSNBC report, Biz Journals Study
February 2, 2008

April 2007

Virginia is America′s most business-friendly state.
Pollina Corporate Real Estate, Inc.
April 6, 2007
Virginia′s children have the best chance to succeed
Education Week
April 5, 2007
Top 25 Most Literate Cities
Central Connecticut State University
April 1, 2007

10th best fitness-walking city in America
Prevention Magazine
April 1, 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 1, 2007
Virginia Beach named among the 100 Best Communities for young people
America's Promise National Forum
April 1, 2007

July 2006

One of the nation’s ten best cities to get a job
Forbes
July 8, 2006

May 2006

Ranked # 3 in the Country for most educated workforce
Business Facilities
May 1, 2006

April 2006

Among the ten best big cities in America
Money Magazine
April 1, 2006
Virginia is the best state for business
Forbes
April 1, 2006
One of the ten best economic development departments in the nation
Site Selection Magazine
April 21, 2005

The 8th least-stressful city in the nation
Sperling’s Best Places
April 30, 2004
Third fittest city in the country
Men’s Fitness Magazine
April 28, 2004
4th highest city median household income among the nation’s 68 largest cities
Census Bureau’s American Community Survey
April 16, 2004

4th on the list of best city Governments
National Policy Research Council
April 1, 2004
Most technologically advanced government in America (among cities of 250,000 or more)
Digital Cities Survey
April 1, 2004
One of the top 20 cities in the nation for companies looking to expand or relocate
Expansion Management Magazine
April 1, 2004

The nation’s lowest crime rate (among cities of over 300,000)
FBI Crime Report
April 10, 2003