Income/capita NAT. AVG.
Household income NAT. AVG.
Unemployment NAT. AVG.
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IndexVirginia BeachVirginiaNational
Income per capita$33,250$34,967$29,829
Median household income$67,719$66,149$55,322
Median income owner occupied$83,236$82,180$70,586
Median income renter occupied$48,771$42,481$35,192
Median earnings male$41,285$41,712$36,919
Median earnings female$29,174$29,664$26,250
Unemployment rate3.7%3.8%4.7%
Poverty level8.2%11.4%15.1%

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Key findings

  • The income per capita in Virginia Beach is 11% higher than the national average
  • The median household income in Virginia Beach is 22% higher than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Virginia Beach is 21% lower than the national average
  • The poverty level in Virginia Beach is 46% lower than the national average

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      $45,141 $67,719 $135,438
      $44,094 $66,149 $132,298
      $36,877 $55,322 $110,644
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      Virginia Beach employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry11.9%1.3%
      Manufacturing sector9.3%0.3%
      Financial & insurance services3.5%6.4%
      Wholesale & retail services13.8%14.3%
      Public administration12.6%6.4%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities5.4%2.2%
      Education, health & social services10.7%33.2%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      City Population Household Income National Avg.
      Virginia Beach, VA449,733$67,71922.4%

      Cities with similar population

      City Population Household Income National Avg.
      Colorado Springs, CO448,759$56,2271.6%
      Halifax, NS451,852n/a 
      Laval, QC445,050n/a 
      Atlanta, GA456,378$49,39810.7%
      Omaha, NE443,072$50,8278.1%
      Virginia Beach, VA449,733$67,71922.4%
      Source: The Virginia Beach, VA employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).