Virginia Beach is the place for people who love the shore. Virginia Beach boasts the longest beach in the United States and a three-mile long boardwalk, making it one of the premier vacation destinations in the country.
Virginia Beach has been a popular resort area going as far back as the 19th century with the construction of the first hotel in 1883. Virginia Beach was incorporated as a town early in the 20th century but was incorporated as a city only after 1952.
What can seniors who want to retire within easy access of the shore expect if they relocate to Virginia Beach? Read on to learn about the climate, natural wonders, and the people of Virginia Beach.
The 2010 Census found that the ethnic composition of Virginia Beach is:
64.5% of residents are Non-Hispanic Whites.
A little less than 20% of the population is African American.
People of Asian extraction are 6% of Virginia Beach residents.
Hispanics are just shy of 7% of people living in Virginia Beach.
Virginia Beach has a population of almost 453,000 people divided into a little less than 155,000 households and 111,000 families.
Almost 40% of households have children less than 18 years of age, while 6% of households have someone over the age of 65 living with them.
The average household income in Virginia Beach is $49,000 per year while the average family income is slightly higher at $53,000 per year.
The per capita income of Virginia Beach residents is $23,000 per year.
Only 7% of the population in Virginia Beach lives below the poverty line.
Virginia Beach enjoys a humid subtropical climate with consequently mild winters and steamy summers.
With an average annual snowfall of fewer than 6 inches, seniors relocating from the farther north will enjoy the break from snow shoveling and the dangers of driving on icy roads.
The average yearly rainfall is a little higher than the national average at a respectable 50 inches per year, and summer temperatures have soared past 100 degrees Fahrenheit on occasion.
Cementing Virginia Beach’s reputation as a vacation destination, the area rarely experiences severe storms, but has a relatively wet spring and summer season.
Virginia Beach enjoys a mean annual temperature of 60 degrees Fahrenheit, giving the area a comfortable year-round range in temperatures that are sure to please the over 55 population.
Virginia Beach is home to the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge; an 8,000- acre freshwater wildlife preserve bordering the Atlantic Ocean.
The Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge is located on a barrier island that holds beautiful maritime forests, gorgeous sand dunes, and many freshwater ponds, marshes, and even a tranquil sandy beach.
Visitors can enjoy spotting the various bird species that shelter here during the cold northern winter.
Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge tours are conducted from April through October.
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