Moving to Virginia Beach, VA

Thinking about moving to Virginia Beach?

You’ll be in good company. Between 2010 and 2016, more than 14,608 people have moved to Virginia Beach, an increase of 3.3%. New residents are attracted to Virginia Beach’s strong economy, family-friendly atmosphere, and of course, the beach itself: with 38 miles of coastline and a three mile boardwalk, Virginia Beach has the longest pleasure beach in the world.

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If you’re expecting an urban character, think again: Virginia Beach is mostly suburban and residential-oriented. But nearby Norfolk (the cities are so close they blend together) offers a more urban experience, while Virginia Beach is all about that long stretch of sand.

Living

Virginia Beach is home to 452,602 Virginians. With an area of 249.0 square miles, Virginia Beach has a population density of 1,818 persons per square mile, which makes it less dense than many other cities of comparable size.

The Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Metropolitan Statistical Area boasts a population of 1,726,907 people, of which Virginia Beach proper’s population makes up 26%.

Housing

One of the drawbacks of all of Virginia Beach’s growth and livability are its relatively high housing prices. The median home value in Virginia Beach is $259,800, 30% above the US median value, according to Zillow. The median price per square foot in Virginia Beach is $151. Over the past 5 years, home values in Virginia Beach have increased by 2%.

Renters in Virginia Beach will also have a hard time finding affordable housing. The median rent in Virginia Beach is $1,541 per month, which is 8% higher than the US median. Over the past year, rental rates in Virginia Beach have increased by 0.2%.

Economy

Virginia Beach’s economy is growing strong. The Virginia Beach metro area’s GDP grew by 16% between 2010 and 2015, from $83 billion in 2010 to $96 billion in 2015, a total increase of $13 billion. The metro area has a per capita GDP of $55,405. According to the US Census Bureau, the median household income in Virginia Beach, VA is $58,852, 3% higher than the national median. Virginia Beach’s unemployment rate is 4.4%.

Virginia Beach, VA Arts and Entertainment

Rockfish Boardwalk Bar and Seagrill

1601 Atlantic Avenue Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Croc's 19th Street Bistro

620 19th St, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

The Black Deck

3323 Shore Dr Virginia Beach, VA 23454

Captain George's Seafood Buffet

1956 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, United States

Johnny Mananas

2207 Atlantic Ave Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Shaking Crab

1255 Fordham Dr Ste 120 Virginia Beach, VA 23464

Blue Seafood & Spirits

2181 Upton Dr Ste 420 Virginia Beach, VA 23454

Doc Taylor's

207 23rd Street Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Catch 31 Fishhouse and Bar

3001 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA, United States

Restaurants
Rockfish Boardwalk Bar and Seagrill
Croc's 19th Street Bistro
The Black Deck
Captain George's Seafood Buffet
Johnny Mananas
Shaking Crab
Blue Seafood & Spirits
Doc Taylor's
Catch 31 Fishhouse and Bar

The Shack on 8th

712 Atlantic Ave Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Tyku Bar

1910 Atlantic Ave Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Sky Bar

3001 Atlantic Ave The Hilton Hotel Virginia Beach, VA 23451

The Lounge Bar

3972 Holland Rd Ste 109 Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Fuegos Lounge

315 Virginia Beach Blvd Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Shaka’s Live

2014 Atlantic Ave Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Peabody’s Nightclub

209 21st St Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Lubo Wine Tasting Room

1658 Pleasure House Rd 101, Virginia Beach, VA 23455

Aqua Lounge

4453 Bonney Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Restaurants
The Shack on 8th
Tyku Bar
Sky Bar
The Lounge Bar
Fuegos Lounge
Shaka’s Live
Peabody’s Nightclub
Lubo Wine Tasting Room
Aqua Lounge

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art

2200 Parks Ave Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Military Aviation Museum

1341 Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23457, United States

Adam Thoroughgood House

1636 Parish Rd Virginia Beach, VA 23455

Old Coast Guard Station

2401 Atlantic Ave Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum

1113 Atlantic Ave Virginia Beach, VA 23451

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum

1113 Atlantic Ave Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Cape Henry Lighthouse

583 Atlantic Ave Fort Story, VA 23459

Culture
Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
Military Aviation Museum
Adam Thoroughgood House
Old Coast Guard Station
Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum
The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum
Cape Henry Lighthouse

Weather

If hot weather isn’t your thing, you might want to think twice before moving to Virginia Beach. Virginia Beach winters are warm, with an average temperature of 45 degrees. Summers in Virginia Beach are hot, with an average temperature of 77 degrees. The average temperature in Spring is 67 degrees and the average temperature in Fall is 53 degrees.

If you’re moving to Virginia Beach, you better bring your umbrella! Virginia Beach sees an average 117 rainy days per year, and had an average annual rainfall of 46.5 inches. Virginia Beach is relatively humid, with an average annual relative humidity of 69. Virginia Beach sees an average of 2,695 sunny hours per year and 106 sunny days.

Crime

Virginia Beach is a safe city, with a violent crime rate of only 138 incidents per 100,000 persons according to the FBI, a lower rate than average. Property crime rates in Virginia Beach are relatively low, with a rate of 2,206 incidents per 100,000 persons, a lower rate than average.

Cost of Living

Virginia Beach is a relatively affordable place to live with a low cost of living. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis‘s Regional Price Parity survey, which takes into account cost of living metrics including the price of goods and services and housing, Virginia Beach has a regional price parity of 106.8, -2.5% below the average for US metro areas.

Education

Virginia Beach’s workforce is not as educated as comparable cities. Only 17% is in possession of a Bachelor’s degree, and 10% of the population did not complete High School. Only 9% of the population has a Graduate or Professional degree.

Demographics

The median age in Virginia Beach is 35.3 years. 49.1% of the population in the Virginia Beach metro area is male, while 50.9% is female. 6.2% of the metro population is foreign born. In terms of racial demographics, Virginia Beach is 60% white and 31% African American.