Virginia Beach, Virginia Population 2020

447,841

Virginia Beach is a city located in Virginia Beach County, Virginia. With a 2020 population of 447,841, it is the largest city in Virginia and the 44th largest city in the United States. Virginia Beach is currently declining at a rate of -0.26% annually but its population has increased by 2.25% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 437,994 in 2010. Virginia Beach reached it's highest population of 451,136 in 2016. Spanning over 497 miles, Virginia Beach has a population density of 1,830 people per square mile.

The average household income in Virginia Beach is $93,675 with a poverty rate of 7.63%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,339 per month, and the median house value is $274,300. The median age in Virginia Beach is 35.9 years, 34.2 years for males, and 37.7 years for females. For every 100 females there are 96.7 males.

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.

Virginia Beach Population Statistics

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 increase 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.

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. In the beginning, the city was 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 the main driver of the economy, but real estate and defense are also major sectors.

Virginia Beach Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Virginia Beach was:

  • White: 66.67%
  • Black or African American: 19.05%
  • Asian: 6.65%
  • Two or more races: 5.33%
  • Other race: 1.98%
  • Native American: 0.26%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.07%
The current population of Virginia Beach, Virginia is 447,841, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 450,189. The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 437,994.
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20201,736,4473,8570.22%
20191,732,5903,8570.22%
20181,728,7333,8570.22%
20171,724,8762,4570.14%
20161,722,4192,5810.15%
20151,719,8385,7020.33%
20141,714,1369,7500.57%
20131,704,3867,3300.43%
20121,697,05611,1450.66%
20111,685,9116,1160.36%
20101,679,7950.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White300,10366.67%
Black or African American85,73019.05%
Asian29,9236.65%
Two or More Races23,9855.33%
Some Other Race8,9351.98%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,1640.26%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander2950.07%

Virginia Beach Population Pyramid 2020

Virginia Beach Median Age

35.9


Total

34.2


Male

37.7


Female

Virginia Beach Adults

There are 349,083 adults, (59,534 of whom are seniors) in Virginia Beach.

Virginia Beach Age Dependency

55.5

Age Dependency Ratio

20.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Virginia Beach Sex Ratio

Female

228,850

50.84%

Male

221,285

49.16%

Virginia Beach Households and Families

Virginia Beach Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Virginia Beach Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married76.9%23.1%
All64.1%35.9%
Non Family53.1%46.9%
Male51.6%48.4%
Female45.1%54.9%

64.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All169,2902.664.1
Married86,0733.1976.9
Non Family52,3071.3153.1
Female22,1173.1245.1
Male8,7933.1551.6

3.09

Average Family Size

2.6

Average Household Size

5.3%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.2%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Virginia Beach Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6,3432.08%
9th to 12th Grade14,5174.75%
High School Graduate65,33821.40%
Some College79,71926.11%
Associates Degree32,00510.48%
Bachelors Degree68,90622.57%
Graduate Degree38,52812.62%

Virginia Beach Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White200,616191,39076,899
Black55,24850,05014,006
Asian22,26019,7419,128
Hispanic20,20816,7044,942
Multiple Races8,7838,2483,012
Other Race5,6103,839991
Native American777681245
Islander25025018

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 41.01%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$42,279$51,321$35,149
Less Than High School$25,950$28,779$19,644
High School Grad$33,477$40,317$26,786
Some College$38,541$47,947$30,958
Bachelors Degree$52,656$64,968$43,288
Graduate Degree$69,505$91,750$56,231

$42,279

Average Earnings

$51,321

Average Male

$35,149

Average Female

Virginia Beach Language

Virginia Beach Language by Age

Virginia Beach Language

87.86% of Virginia Beach residents speak only English, while 12.14% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.70% of the population.

Virginia Beach Poverty

Virginia Beach Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White272,44114,9985.51%
Black83,18110,62212.77%
Hispanic34,9394,06211.63%
Multiple23,5272,77411.79%
Asian29,6041,7395.87%
Other8,8611,48116.71%
Native1,15717214.87%
Islander285113.86%

7.63%

Overall Poverty Rate

6.75%

Male Poverty Rate

8.46%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Virginia Beach

The race most likely to be in poverty in Virginia Beach is Other, with 16.71% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Virginia Beach is Islander, with 3.86% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.60%. Among those working part-time, it was 10.81%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 12.79%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School15.38%
High School8.12%
Some College6.06%
Bachelors or Greater2.59%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed21.26%
Male Unemployed16.48%
Female Employed5.19%
Male Employed3.42%

Virginia Beach Income

Virginia Beach Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$74,186$93,675
Families$85,537$105,478
Married Families$101,064$122,261
Non Families$48,475$62,302

Virginia Beach Marital Status

Virginia Beach Marital Status

Marriage Rates

50.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

52.2%

Male Marriage Rate

49.2%

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 Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Virginia Beach Marital Status by Race

Virginia Beach Veterans

57,082

Number of Veterans

47,131

Male Veterans

9,951

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War24,726
First Gulf War24,191
Vietnam15,434
Korea2,606
World War II841
Age Group Veterans
35 to 5419,264
55 to 6411,434
18 to 3410,134
65 to 749,701
75+6,549
Name Veterans % of Total
White39,75317.89%
Black11,61318.91%
Hispanic4,12318.45%
Asian2,70711.37%
2 or More1,76315.61%
Other1,00615.36%
Indian16419.23%
Hawaiian7631.93%

$Virginia Beach Veterans by Education

3.84%

Veteran Poverty Rate

18.51%

Veteran Disability Rate

Virginia Beach Employment Status

70.5%

Labor Force Participation

61.1%

Employment Rate

4.9%

Unemployment Rate

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

41.13%

Born in Virginia

90.68%

Native Born

9.32%

Foreign Born

3.54%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

90.68% of Virginia Beach residents were born in the United States, with 41.13% having been born in Virginia. 3.54% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020447,841-1,174-0.26%
2019449,015-1,174-0.26%
2018450,1892270.05%
2017449,962-1,174-0.26%
2016451,1366620.15%
2015450,4741,5610.35%
2014448,9131,1810.26%
2013447,7322,6940.61%
2012445,0382,5020.57%
2011442,5363,6810.84%
2010438,85513,5980.32%
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%