Virginia Beach, Virginia Population 2021

450,224
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Virginia Beach is a city located in Virginia Beach City County Virginia. With a 2020 population of 450,224, it is the largest city in Virginia and the 44th largest city in the United States . Virginia Beach is currently growing at a rate of 0.03% annually and its population has increased by 2.79% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 437,994 in 2010. Virginia Beach reached it's highest population of 450,983 in 2016. Spanning over 497 miles, Virginia Beach has a population density of 1,840 people per square mile.

The average household income in Virginia Beach is $96,936 with a poverty rate of 7.32%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,367 per month, and the median house value is $280,800. The median age in Virginia Beach is 36.2 years, 34.5 years for males, and 38 years for females.

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: 66.27%
  • Black or African American: 19.02%
  • Asian: 6.69%
  • Two or more races: 5.58%
  • Other race: 2.06%
  • Native American: 0.30%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.09%
The current population of Virginia Beach, Virginia is 450,224 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 449,849.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 437,994.

Virginia Beach, Virginia Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
20211,779,2805,1900.29%
20201,774,0905,1900.29%
20191,768,9005,1900.29%
20181,763,7102,7800.16%
20171,760,9302,1700.12%
20161,758,7602,4200.14%
20151,756,3405,4000.31%
20141,750,9409,5700.55%
20131,741,3707,2500.42%
20121,734,12010,9100.63%
20111,723,2106,1700.36%
20101,717,0400.00%

Virginia Beach Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White298,34766.27%
Black or African American85,60919.02%
Asian30,1306.69%
Two or More Races25,1135.58%
Some Other Race9,2852.06%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,3340.30%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander3830.09%
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Virginia Beach Population by Race

Virginia Beach Population Pyramid $2021

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Virginia Beach Median Age

36.2


Total

34.5


Male

38


Female

Virginia Beach Adults

There are 349,884 adults, (61,804 of whom are seniors) in Virginia Beach.

Virginia Beach Age Dependency

56.3

Age Dependency Ratio

21.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Virginia Beach Sex Ratio

Female

228,877

50.84%

Male

221,324

49.16%

Virginia Beach Population by Age

Virginia Beach Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Virginia Beach Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married76.3%23.7%
All63.7%36.3%
Male54.1%45.9%
Non Family52.2%47.8%
Female45.6%54.4%

63.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Virginia Beach Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All170,7982.5863.7
Married86,8043.1876.3
Non Family53,9891.3252.2
Female21,8173.145.6
Male8,1883.1354.1

3.08

Average Family Size

2.58

Average Household Size

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Virginia Beach Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6,1031.99%
9th to 12th Grade13,7294.47%
High School Graduate64,44920.99%
Some College78,77925.66%
Associates Degree33,41910.88%
Bachelors Degree69,46922.62%
Graduate Degree41,11113.39%
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Virginia Beach Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Virginia Beach Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White200,314191,72778,918
Black55,74450,80714,693
Asian22,82720,1349,257
Hispanic20,85417,6165,317
2+ Races9,1708,6332,905
Other Race5,9304,3991,191
Native American919774242
Islander32132155

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 40.55%.

Virginia Beach Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$43,959$52,531$36,550
Less Than 9th Grade$25,650$29,079$18,965
High School Graduate$34,876$41,325$26,663
Some College$39,470$48,660$31,556
Bachelors Degree$53,696$67,188$44,851
Graduate Degree$70,072$91,199$56,212

$43,959

Average Earnings

$52,531

Average Male

$36,550

Average Female

Virginia Beach Earnings by Educational Attainment

Virginia Beach Language by Age

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Virginia Beach Language

87.52% of Virginia Beach residents speak only English, while 12.48% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 4.95% of the population.

Virginia Beach Language

Virginia Beach Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White271,49414,5505.36%
Black83,3049,90211.89%
Hispanic35,4803,78910.68%
Multiple24,5632,84311.57%
Asian29,7731,6755.63%
Other9,2191,30914.20%
Native1,32523117.43%
Islander370225.95%

7.32%

Overall Poverty Rate

6.60%

Male Poverty Rate

8.00%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Virginia Beach

The race most likely to be in poverty in Virginia Beach is Native, with 17.43% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Virginia Beach is White, with 5.36% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.68%. Among those working part-time, it was 10.46%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 12.02%.

Virginia Beach Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade15.03%
High School7.56%
Some College5.86%
Bachelors or Greater2.64%

Virginia Beach Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed23.95%
Male Unemployed14.80%
Female Employed5.02%
Male Employed3.47%

Virginia Beach Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Virginia Beach Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$76,610$96,936
Families$88,553$109,755
Married Families$103,380$126,271
Non Families$50,587$64,727
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Income by Household Type

Virginia Beach Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

51.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

52.6%

Male Marriage Rate

49.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Virginia Beach Married by Age and Sex

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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

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Virginia Beach Marital Status

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56,598

Number of Veterans

47,108

Male Veterans

9,490

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War24,670
First Gulf War24,545
Vietnam15,506
Korea2,335
World War II778

Virginia Beach Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 5418,757
55 to 6411,432
65 to 7410,077
18 to 349,475
75+6,857

Virginia Beach Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White39,17817.72%
Black11,58418.66%
Hispanic4,09218.23%
Asian2,74511.36%
2+ Races1,88116.20%
Other Race92313.70%
Native American19219.79%
Islander9531.56%

Virginia Beach Veterans by Race

Virginia Beach Veterans by Education

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3.89%

Veteran Poverty Rate

19.41%

Veteran Disability Rate

Virginia Beach Veterans by Education

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70.8%

Labor Force Participation

61.5%

Employment Rate

4.6%

Unemployment Rate

Virginia Beach Employment by Age

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Virginia Beach Employment by Race

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Virginia Beach Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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41.85%

Born in Virginia Beach

90.58%

Native Born

9.42%

Foreign Born

3.58%

Non Citizen

5.84%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

90.58% of Virginia Beach residents were born in the United States, with 41.85% having been born in Virginia. 3.58% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Virginia Beach Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021450,2241250.03%
2020450,0991250.03%
2019449,9741250.03%
2018449,849-47-0.01%
2017449,896-1,087-0.24%
2016450,9836790.15%
2015450,3041,4400.32%
2014448,8641,1580.26%
2013447,7062,6620.60%
2012445,0442,4610.56%
2011442,5833,7240.85%
2010438,85913,6020.32%
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 by Year