Virginia Beach, Virginia Population 2018

Virginia Beach is located in the state of Virginia. This independent city is located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. The city is the most populous in the state, and it is also the 41st most populous in the nation. Virginia Beach is known for being a resort city and its beautiful beaches, many hotels and resorts, restaurants and attractions draw in visitors each year. The city’s population is 452,745 per recent estimates.

Virginia Beach History

The Chesepian people were living in the area when it was stumbled upon by the Europeans. Through its earliest years of European settlement, the Colony of Virginia was divided multiple times. At the beginning, the city was originally developed for agriculture. However, when rail service arrived, the resort city was created in 1883, with the first hotel opening shortly after. This hotel was known as the Virginia Beach Hotel. The hotel was foreclosed just a few short years later but was updated and opened again in 1888 and was renamed the Princess Anne Hotel. Virginia Beach became an incorporated town in 1906.

The city had many visitors coming by railroad and electric trolley, but Virginia Beach Boulevard opened up the city to more tourists via cars, trucks and buses. This increased traffic eventually led to the discontinuation of the passenger rail service. Over the next several decades, the city continued to grow and thrive as a vacation destination. Originally, casinos were in Virginia Beach but were replaced by more family-oriented attractions including amusement parks. Additional resorts were also opened, including The Cavalier Hotel in 1927.

Virginia Beach was designated as a city in 1952. In the 1960s, Virginia Beach was expanded to include Princess Anne County. In recent years, Virginia Beach continues to be a popular tourist spot. Tourism is a main driver of the economy, but real estate and defense are also major sectors.

Virginia Beach Demographics

Virginia Beach has a population of over 452,000 people that reside across 497 square miles. The population density of this city is 1,818 people per square mile.

White people make up the majority of the population – 67.7% of the population, according to the 2010 census. Almost 20% of the population is Black or African American, over 6% of the population is Asian, and 6.6% are Hispanic or Latino.

The biggest age group in Virginia Beach is the 25 to 44 group, which makes up 34.3% of the population. Over 27% of the population is under the age of 18, while 8.4% are at least 65 years old. There are more women than men in Virginia Beach – 95.8 males for every 100 females. Approximately 6.5% of the population live below the federal poverty line.

Just 34.4% of the population are members of religious congregations, falling below the national average. The most popular religion is Catholicism, which is practiced by 28% of the population. Other popular religions include Southern Baptist and United Methodist.

Another notable fact about Virginia Beach is that its crime rate falls below those of other major cities in Virginia and has a lower total crime index rate than the national average. The city has a strong economy based around tourism-related industries with 14,900 jobs to cover the 2.75 million visitors that visit Virginia Beach. The city is also home to the headquarters of major companies including Amerigroup and Stihl. The city has been ranked by Forbes as one of the best places for careers and business.

Virginia Beach Population Growth

Virginia Beach has seen steady growth throughout the years. At times, the growth has been substantial, with the population growing from just over 8,000 people in 1960 to over 172,000 in 1970. By the time of the next census in 1980, the population had exceeded 262,000. At the next census, the population was nearing 400,000. Recent estimates show that the population has exceeded 450,000, reflecting a 3.3% growth since the last census taken in 2010. This likely indicates that while the city is continuing to grow, it isn’t growing at the same rapid rate that it has in the past.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2017450,435-969-0.21%
2016451,4045400.12%
2015450,8641,5090.34%
2014449,3551,1290.25%
2013448,2262,9400.66%
2012445,2862,4180.55%
2011442,8683,9470.90%
2010438,92113,6640.32%
2000425,25732,1880.79%
1990393,069130,8704.13%
1980262,19990,0934.30%
1970172,106164,01535.76%
19608,0912,7014.15%
19505,3902,7907.56%
19402,6009004.34%
19301,7009007.83%
192080050010.31%
19103000.00%

Virginia Beach Population in 2018Source: By Jason Pratt (FishSpeaker) (self-made; also on Flickr as Virginia Beach) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White302,383
Black or African American85,682
Asian29,605
Two or More Races23,141
Some Other Race7,684
American Indian and Alaska Native1,125
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander437

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table B03002

Virginia Beach Population Pyramid 2018

5,00010,00015,00020,000 Male Population5,00010,00015,00020,000 Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Virginia Beach Median Age

35.6


Total

34


Male

37.5


Female

Virginia Beach Adults

There are 348,265 adults, (57,339 of whom are seniors) in Virginia Beach.

Virginia Beach Age Dependency

54.7

Age Dependency Ratio

19.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

35

Child Dependency Ratio

Virginia Beach Sex Ratio

Female

228,707

50.82%

Male

221,350

49.18%

Virginia Beach Households and Families

Virginia Beach Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S1101

Virginia Beach Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married77%23%
All63.8%36.2%
Non Family53.9%46.1%
Male49.1%50.9%
Female43.3%56.7%

63.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Virginia Beach Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All167,7312.6263.8
Married84,6683.2177
Non Family51,7231.3253.9
Female22,9573.1743.3
Male8,3833.1849.1

3.11

Average Family Size

2.62

Average Household Size

5.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.2%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Virginia Beach Households

Virginia Beach Education

Virginia Beach Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6,1102.01%
9th to 12th Grade13,9704.60%
High School Graduate66,43921.89%
Some College79,27826.12%
Associates Degree31,99710.54%
Bachelors Degree68,82822.68%
Graduate Degree36,87012.15%

Virginia Beach Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White200,754191,30475,711
Black54,36749,25913,735
Asian21,93419,6919,197
Hispanic19,52616,7134,674
Multiple Races8,4817,9502,829
Other Race4,8713,6781,118
Native American877797221
Islander30329351

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 96.70%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 41.93%.

Virginia Beach Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$41,379$49,915$34,132
Less Than High School$25,350$29,402$19,838
High School Grad$31,949$37,749$26,132
Some College$37,211$45,436$30,676
Bachelors Degree$51,198$63,294$42,154
Graduate Degree$67,236$90,522$55,040

$41,379

Average Earnings

$49,915

Average Male

$34,132

Average Female

Virginia Beach Language

Virginia Beach Language by Age

Virginia Beach Language

87.87% of Virginia Beach residents speak only English, while 12.13% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Asian, which is spoken by 4.67% of the population.

Virginia Beach Poverty

Virginia Beach Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White274,39916,0475.85%
Black82,83911,55113.94%
Hispanic33,9454,29312.65%
Multiple22,8392,40710.54%
Asian29,2421,8296.25%
Other7,5771,38318.25%
Native1,121756.69%
Islander373102.68%

8.04%

Overall Poverty Rate

7.15%

Male Poverty Rate

8.89%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Virginia Beach

The race most likely to be in poverty in Virginia Beach is Other, with 18.25% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Virginia Beach is Islander, with 2.68% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.76%. Among those working part-time, it was 10.82%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 13.56%.

Virginia Beach Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School15.09%
High School8.06%
Some College6.54%
Bachelors or Greater2.85%

Virginia Beach Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed20.64%
Male Unemployed16.07%
Female Employed5.29%
Male Employed3.59%

Virginia Beach Income

Virginia Beach Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$70,500$89,528
Families$81,730$100,654
Married Families$97,685$117,446
Non Families$46,222$59,973

Virginia Beach Marital Status

Virginia Beach Marital Status

Marriage Rates

50.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

51.9%

Male Marriage Rate

48.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Virginia Beach Married by Age and Sex

Virginia Beach Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45To54.

Virginia Beach Marital Status by Race


Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S1201

Virginia Beach Veterans

Virginia Beach Veterans by War

57,750

Number of Veterans

48,071

Male Veterans

9,679

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Second Gulf War23,812
First Gulf War23,719
Vietnam15,978
Korea2,744
World War II1,128

Virginia Beach Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
35 to 5419,873
55 to 6411,292
18 to 3410,600
65 to 749,449
75+6,536

Virginia Beach Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White40,35118.03%
Black11,79019.35%
Hispanic4,01618.80%
Asian2,67111.33%
2 or More1,70315.59%
Other84015.14%
Indian30932.09%
Hawaiian8627.83%

Virginia Beach Veterans by Education

4.22%

Veteran Poverty Rate

17.47%

Veteran Disability Rate

Virginia Beach Employment Status

Virginia Beach Employment by Age

70.7%

Labor Force Participation

61.1%

Employment Rate

5.3%

Unemployment Rate

Virginia Beach Employment by Race

Virginia Beach Employment by Education

Virginia Beach Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

40.90%

Born in Virginia

90.86%

Native Born

9.14%

Foreign Born

3.39%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

90.86% of Virginia Beach residents were born in the United States, with 40.90% having been born in Virginia. 3.39% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.