Moving to Virginia Beach: What You Need to Know

Hey there! If you're thinking about moving to Virginia Beach, there are some important things you should know, and I'm here to help. Virginia Beach, the 37th largest city in the country, has a population just below 450,000. Interestingly, the population has decreased by 2.21% since 2020, possibly due to people relocating to Florida.

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Understanding Hampton Roads

Virginia Beach is part of the Tidewater area, commonly referred to as Hampton Roads, which includes seven cities: Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton, and Newport News. Suffolk, located to the west, is the largest city in Virginia by land mass, featuring a mix of farmland, swamp, and the more developed Harborview area.

Hampton Roads is divided into two sections: the south side (Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Suffolk) and the north side (Hampton and Newport News). Some even consider Yorktown and Pocosin as part of the Hampton Roads area.

Cost of Living

Living in Virginia Beach costs about 4.8% more than the national average. Housing prices are around 8.8% higher than the national average. For more detailed information on the cost of living, including food, gas, transportation, healthcare, and daycare, check out my other video where I dive deeper into these topics.

Climate and Geography

Virginia Beach is flat, with no hills except for Mount Trashmore, a park created from a former landfill. The area has a humid, subtropical climate. Summers are hot and humid, while winters are mild with occasional snow. On average, we get about 47-48 inches of rain and 2-2.5 inches of snow per year.

Beach Culture

Beach culture is a significant aspect of life in Virginia Beach. While some parts of the city feel urban, the areas closer to the beach or the bay offer a laid-back atmosphere with beach-related activities and events. The three-mile oceanfront promenade is perfect for walking, people-watching, and bringing your dog. However, note that dogs are restricted during the hot summer months.

The Neptune Festival in September is a major event, featuring gift shops, artwork sales, and an international sandcastle contest. In December, the boardwalk transforms into a festive display of Christmas lights.

Local Beaches

Besides the main oceanfront, Virginia Beach has other beautiful beaches, including Chicks Beach, Chesapeake Bay Beach, and First Landing State Park, which offers trails and outdoor activities. These beaches, along with various events, make Virginia Beach a desirable place to visit, attracting 13.6 million tourists in 2022, contributing $3.7 billion to the local economy.

Job Opportunities

Virginia Beach boasts a diverse job market, with education, healthcare, government sectors, and tourism providing numerous opportunities. The current unemployment rate is around 2.7%, which is lower than the national average. The city is also home to several military bases, including Little Creek and Oceana Naval Air Station.

Education

If you have children, you'll want to explore school districts through resources like greatschools.org. Keep in mind that some reviews are written by students, so take them with a grain of salt.

Transportation

While Virginia Beach has light rail and buses, owning a car is essential for getting around. Tolls are common on many bridges and tunnels, so an E-ZPass is a worthwhile investment to save money and time. Be cautious of traffic, especially at the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel, which can be heavily congested.

Surrounding Areas

Depending on your work location and preferences, you might also consider living in nearby Chesapeake, Suffolk, Newport News, or Yorktown, where the cost of living is generally lower.

Final Thoughts

Virginia Beach offers a beautiful coastal lifestyle with a rich mix of urban and beach cultures. If you have any questions or need help finding the right neighborhood, feel free to reach out to me. If you found this information helpful, please like and subscribe to my channel. Welcome to Virginia Beach!

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