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Virginia Beach is an independent city.
The latitude of Virginia Beach is 36.852N. The longitude is -75.978W.
It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 10 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 439,467.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Virginia Beach demographic reports
Virginia Beach is on Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic.
The area's first oceanfront hotel was built in 1883, at the end of a narrow-gauge rail line from Norfolk
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 928. The number of murders and homicides was 24. The violent crime rate was 2.1 per 1,000 people.
No. 1 on the "Best Cities for Women" list (big cities), Ladies' Home Journal, 2002
Well-known residents have included:
· Kenneth S. Reightler Jr., astronaut
· Mark Ruffalo, actor
· Alan B. Shepard, astronaut
· Rudy Boesch, one of the best-known contestants in the summer 2000 "Survivor" TV show
· Angela Hucles, Olympic gold medallist (soccer)
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Bad Ass Coffee, Starbucks, Panera Bread
Local festivals include:
- Pungo Strawberry Festival - May 26-27, 2007
- Festa Italiana - Sept. 21-22, 2007
- American Indian Pow Wow - April 14, 2007
- Atlantic Coast Kite Festival - April 21, 2007
- Panorama Caribbean Music Fest - May 11-13, 2007
- Soul Music Beachfest - Aug. 24-25, 2007
- Boardwalk Art Show & Festival - June 14-17, 2007
- Wildlife Festival - Oct. 6-7, 2007
- Blues at the Beach - Sept. 14-16, 2007
- Boardwalk History Festival - April 28, 2007
- Latin Fest - June 8-9, 2007
Dates often change. Check Virginia Beach web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Virginia Beach Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation:
First Landing State Park, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, False Cape State Park
Sports teams: Virginia Beach Mariners (USL soccer)
Historic sites and museums: Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum, Virginia Marine Science Museum, Adam Thoroughgood House, Francis Land House, Lynnhaven House, Old Cape Henry Lighthouse
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Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 71
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Ancestry & family history
13% of Virginia Beach residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Virginia Beach ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Virginia Beach was $22,365, compared with $21,587 nationally.
28% of Virginia Beach residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Virginia Beach festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Pungo Strawberry Festival - M
- Boardwalk Art Show & Festival - J
- American Indian Pow Wow - A
- Blues at the Beach - S
- Atlantic Coast Kite Festival - A
- Boardwalk History Festival - A
- Panorama Caribbean Music Fest - M
- Latin Fest - J
- Soul Music Beachfest - A
- Festa Italiana - S
- Wildlife Festival - O
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Median rent in Virginia Beach, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $628. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,156.
Libraries in Virginia Beach include Bayside Area Library, Great Neck Area Library, Kempsville Area Library, Oceanfront Area Library, Pungo-Blackwater Library, South Rosemont Youth Library, Special Services Library, Virginia Beach Municipal Reference Library, Virginia Beach Public Library, Wahab Public Law Library ... View libraries
TV stations in Virginia Beach include WVBT.
Virginia Beach City supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Virginia Beach political report.
Virginia Beach restaurants taking online reservations include Ruth's Chris Steak House - Virginia Beach, Steinhilber's Restaurant, The Melting Pot - Virginia Beach ... View restaurants
The average commute time for Virginia Beach workers is 24 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 77 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Virginia Beach between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 1.8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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