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Virginia Beach Education and City Information

Virginia Beach is part of the Hampton Roads area. Several specialty and career schools and a university are located in the city, which is also close to numerous postsecondary institutions in nearby Norfolk, VA. Find out about Virginia Beach, including its population, industries and education options.

About Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach has a population of 450,980 residents as of 2014 U.S. Census estimates. Virginia Beach residents have a median household income of $67,001, which is slightly higher than the state median income of $64,792, based on 2010 to 2014 census info. Almost 68% of residents are white, 19.6% are African American and almost 7% are Hispanic. Just over 33% of residents have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Virginia Beach is part of Hampton Roads - America's First Region and is a popular vacation spot with 35 miles of coastline and three beaches. The large resort beach and boardwalk offers restaurants, amusements, art exhibits and other attractions. Residents and visitors can also find an array of water sports along with opportunities for fishing, golf and tennis. Other attractions include the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Beach Street USA, Virginia Aquarium, a lighthouse, Coast Guard station and several museums.

Educational Opportunities

Virginia Beach has various postsecondary schools within its city limits, including several proprietary colleges and specialty schools. Regent University is located in the city. A private, non-profit university that enrolls almost 6,000 students, it is ranked 17th for best online bachelor's programs and 46th for best online graduate education programs by U.S. News & World Report as of 2016. Regent is a Christian university that has undergraduate programs and seven graduate schools, including a School of Law.

Norfolk is about 15 miles away and has several universities and colleges, including Virginia Wesleyan College, Sentara College of Health Sciences, Eastern Virginia Medical School and Tidewater Community College.

Old Dominion University is found in Newark and enrolls almost 25,000 students in its bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs. It also has highly ranked online programs, including the 31st best online graduate nursing program and 48th best online graduate education program, according to U.S. News.

Norfolk State University is a public university that enrolls around 6,000 students. It is ranked as the 36th best historically black college by U.S. News for 2016.

Economy and Industry Info

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of March 2016, the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News region's highest sector of employment was government, with about 159,000 jobs. Trade, transportation, and utilities had nearly 131,000 jobs, while education and health services had nearly 112,000 jobs.

Some of the larger employers in the city include Sentara Healthcare, Engility Corp. and Lockheed Martin. Several international companies are based in the city, and key industries within the region include manufacturing, biomedical and healthcare, defense and information technology.


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