Virginia Beach 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 Growth Rate
2016452,6027480.17%
2015451,8541,7380.39%
2014450,1161,5120.34%
2013448,6043,1170.70%
2012445,4872,6010.59%
2011442,8864,8921.12%
2010437,99412,7373.00%
2000425,25732,1888.19%
1990393,069130,87049.91%
1980262,19990,09352.35%
1970172,106164,0152027.13%
19608,0912,70150.11%
19505,3902,790107.31%
19402,60090052.94%
19301,700900112.50%
1920800500166.67%
19103000.00%

Virginia Beach Race Data

Race Population Percentage
White303,67567.10%
Black or African American86,55719.12%
Asian28,9736.40%
Two or More Races20,8244.60%
Some Other Race6,3531.40%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,3970.31%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander5110.11%

Population Pyramid

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Virginia Beach Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Median Number of Rooms (per House)
6.1
Houses Without Mortgage
22,157
Houses With Mortgage
83,444
Vacancy Rate
8.1
Median Rent
1,236
Median Home Value
259,900
Renter-Occupied Units
60,641
Owner-Occupied Units
105,601
Total Housing Units
180,824

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Virginia Beach for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 3.9% and the labor force participation rate is 70.6%.

Virginia Beach Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex)
0.3
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex)
5.4
Non Family Households
0
Female Householder (no husband) Families
23370
Male Householder (no wife) Families
7209
Married Couple Families
83801
Average Family Size
3.14
Average Household Size
2.63