Virginia Beach


2010: 437,994, #39 in U.S., #1 in Virginia

1950: 42,277

2010 Metropolitan Area: 1,671,683, #36 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area (Norfolk MSA): 409,543, #39 in U.S.

Virginia Beach was consolidated with Princess Anne County in 1963 to form the “independent city” of Virginia Beach.


Virginia Beach, with miles of beaches on the Atlantic Ocean, is located at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay. The area was first settled in the 1600s. It became a beach resort in the late 19th century and never had a traditional downtown. (Nearby Norfolk had the area's central business district.) In 2000 the city began construction of Virginia Beach Town Center, several miles west of the beach, as a new "downtown."


Tallest building: Westin Hotel, 508 feet (2007)

List of tallest buildings

Almost all of the tall buildings in Virginia Beach are hotels, condos, and apartments.


Pembroke Mall has Target and Kohl’s department stores. Sears closed in 2018. Town Center, across the street from Pembroke Mall, has stores, restaurants, and entertainment.

Virginia Beach Waterfront


Amtrak has no service to Virginia Beach.


The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center is east of Town Center, near the beach.


The Regal Columbus Stadium 12 is a first-run movie theater. The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts (2007), in the Town Center, hosts the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and a variety of concerts, plays, and other events.


Virginia Beach has no professional sports teams.

Map of Virginia Beach

Convention and Visitors Bureau