About Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach has a unique environment. Within minutes, residents and visitors have access to the popular oceanfront resort area, bountiful wildlife preserves and parks, a vibrant financial district, urban amenities, pastoral rural areas, distinctive cultural centers and museums, a variety of military facilities, and neighborhoods as diverse as the people who call the city home.

​​​​​​​​​Virginia Beach is the most populous city in Virginia and the 39th largest city in the United States, with approximately 450,000 residents. We are located in the southeastern corner of Virginia, where the state meets the sea. The City encompasses 307 miles: Land 248 miles, 59 square miles of water and 38 miles of beaches.

The Virginia Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) , also known as Hampton Roads and Coastal Virginia, is the 36th largest in the United States. The MSA encompasses 15 cities and counties with a population of more than 1.7 million and a workforce of more than 850,000.

Virginia Beach is regularly named among America's best places to live and raise a family as well as the country's best managed cities.  We have been ranked one of America's fittest cities, safest cities, most literate cities, best places to buy a home and most affordable beach towns. For a full list of accolades, click here.  

For a more in-depth look at the city's population, key industries and the quality of life, check out our Community Profile.​

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