Virginia Beach is an independent city located in the southeast corner of the Hampton Roads region in the state of Virginia. It includes 497 square miles, half of which is water and in 2013, the population was estimated to be 448,479. The median household income is $48,705. Although mostly suburban in character, it is the most populous city in Virginia and is the 39th most populous city in the United States. While an abundance of farm land remains, it’s most attractive resource is miles of beaches, along the ocean and bay.
Virginia Beach is a resort city with miles of beaches and hundreds of hotels, motels, and restaurants along its oceanfront boardwalk. Every year the city hosts the East Coast Surfing Championships, the North American Sand Soccer Championship and the VAB Music Festival, among many other public events. It is also home to two state parks, three military bases, a number of large corporations, two universities and numerous historic sites. Near the point where the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean meet, Cape Henry was the site of the first landing of the English colonists, who eventually settled in Jamestown, on April 26, 1607.
It is located at the southern end of the 17 mile long Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, the longest bridge tunnel complex in the world. Last year, a national survey rated Virginia Beach as the second most friendly city for small businesses in the country.