29 Facts About Virginia Beach


Virginia Beach is an independent city located on the southeastern coast of the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States.

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Virginia Beach is a resort city with miles of beaches and hundreds of hotels, motels, and restaurants along its oceanfront.

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Virginia Beach earned his freedom after several years and became a leading citizen of the area.

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Virginia Beach settled on land on the north side of the Elizabeth River, east of what developed as Norfolk.

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The Virginia Beach Hotel was opened and operated by the Norfolk and Virginia Beach Railroad and Improvement Company at the oceanfront, near the tiny community of Seatack.

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Virginia Beach gained status as an independent city in 1952, although ties remained between it and Princess Anne County.

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Virginia Beach has many distinctive communities and neighborhoods within its boundaries, including: Alanton, Aragona Village, the largest sub-division in Tidewater when completed, Bay Colony, Bayside, Cape Henry, Chesapeake Beach, Croatan Beach, Great Neck Point, Green Run, Kempsville, Lago Mar, Larkspur, London Bridge, Lynnhaven, Newtown, The North End, Oceana, Ocean Park, Pembroke Manor, Princess Anne, Pungo, Red Mill Commons, Sandbridge, Shadowlawn, Thalia, and Thoroughgood.

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Virginia Beach had the 5th highest median family income among large cities in 2003.

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City of Virginia Beach has a lower crime rate than the other regional cities of Hampton Roads, Newport News, Norfolk, and Portsmouth, which all exceed national average crime rates.

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In 1999 Virginia Beach experienced 12 murders giving the city a murder rate of 2.

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Virginia Beach is composed of a variety of industries, including national and international corporate headquarters, advanced manufacturers, defense contractors and locally owned businesses.

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Twenty internationally based firms have their U S or North American headquarters in Virginia Beach, including companies like Stihl, Busch Vacuum Solutions, IMS Gear, and Sanjo Corte Fino.

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Virginia Beach was ranked at number 45 on Forbes list of best places for business and careers.

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Virginia Beach opened a Convention Center in 2005 which caters to large group meetings and events.

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Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach, built in 1996, features a wide variety of popular shows and concerts.

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Virginia Beach is home to many sites of historical importance and has 18 sites on the National Register of Historic Places.

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The Virginia Beach Sportsplex contains the central training site for the U S women's national field hockey team.

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Virginia Beach is host to a Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon each year on Labor Day weekend in conjunction with the American Music Festival.

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Virginia Beach is located entirely in, served by Democrat Elaine Luria.

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City of Virginia Beach is home to Virginia Beach City Public Schools, one of the largest school systems in the state .

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Virginia Beach is home to three universities and branch centers for several other universities.

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Virginia Beach serves as the headquarters for the Christian Broadcasting Network, located adjacent to Regent University.

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Virginia Beach is primarily served by the Norfolk International Airport, which is the region's major commercial airport.

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Virginia Beach Airport is a small, grass runway facility catering to private aircraft owners.

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Rail-wise, Virginia Beach is served by Amtrak through the Norfolk and Newport News stations, via connecting buses.

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The Greyhound station in Virginia Beach is located on Laskin Road, about a mile west of the oceanfront.

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Virginia Beach receives its electricity from Dominion Virginia Power which has local sources including the Chesapeake Energy Center, coal-fired plants in Chesapeake and Southampton County, and the Surry Nuclear Power Plant.

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Virginia Beach is served by Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital and Sentara Princess Anne Hospital.

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Virginia Beach received the fourth highest number of votes in the online contest, earning it a green spot on the board.

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