Located in the southeastern corner of Virginia, where the state meets the sea, 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 the most populous city in Virginia and the 39th largest city in the United States, with approximately 450,000 residents. The City encompasses 307 miles: Land 248 miles, 59 square miles of water and 38 miles of beaches.
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.
Located in the Southeastern corner of the state, Virginia Beach is about a 3.5 hour car ride to Washington, D.C., and within a day’s drive or less from two-thirds of the U.S. population. It’s strategic mid-Atlantic location along the ocean and Chesapeake Bay is strengthened by a superior multimodal transportation network through which both U.S and international markets are easily accessed.
With its 38-plus miles of beaches and almost 80 miles of scenic waterways, Virginia Beach is a vibrant East Coast city that nurtures a healthy mix of industry, attractions and people.
To learn more about Virginia Beach, check out the Virginia Beach Community Profile. It provides a summary overview of the place, people, demographics and economy of Virginia Beach.
More information about where to stay, getting around, dining, shopping, culture and the arts, and other things to do in Virginia Beach is available at Visit Virginia Beach, the city's official tourism website.