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Virginia Beach is an independent city located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, on the shores of Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 425,257, making it the most populous city in the Commonwealth.

The city is home to Virginia Wesleyan College, a private liberal arts college (its mailing address is in Norfolk, but the bulk of its campus is in Virginia Beach), and Regent University, a private university founded by Pat Robertson which is almost totally dedicated to graduate education. Robertson's TV talk/news show, The 700 Club, is produced by the Christian Broadcasting Network, whose headquarters and principal studios are on the same parcel of land that houses Regent.

The city was formerly divided into seven boroughs:

Effective July 1, 1998, the seven boroughs of Virginia Beach were replaced by voting districts for election purposes. The voting districts have the same names as the former boroughs.

Virginia Beach geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1,288.1 km² (497.3 mi²). 643.1 km² (248.3 mi²) of it is land and 645.0 km² (249.0 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 50.07% water.

The city is also listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest pleasure beach in the world.

Virginia Beach history

The current city was formed in 1963, when the resort town of Virginia Beach absorbed the former Princess Anne County and reorganized as the City of Virginia Beach. The merger was intended to prevent the independent city of Norfolk from annexing more of Virginia Beach.

In 1989, thousands of African-American students arrived on Labor Day Weekend for Greekfest, so named for the Greek alphabet used by the fraternities and sororities involved in the festival. Many people predicted a riot weeks in advance, and this came to pass. Unbiased observers suggest that the city went out of its way to make the students feel unwelcome; that the students rioted not out of anger, but out of a simple greed for the clothing displayed in the shops along the Boardwalk; and that the police were out of control, attacking anyone who was black, looter or not. Two slogans commonly heard in the following weeks were: "It's a black thing; you wouldn't understand" and "It's a cop thing; we'll make you understand." The incident was immortalized by Public Enemy in their song "Welcome to the Terrordome" from their album Fear of a Black Planet (1990). Today, the city hosts the American Music Festival and the Rock and Roll Half-Marathon on Labor Day Weekend with great success and no public disturbances.

The city also recently received major media attention when it hosted the first trial of accused Beltway sniper John Allen Muhammad.

The superstar hip-hop and pop music production duo of Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams, better known as The Neptunes, were both born and raised in Virginia Beach, and operate their recording studio in the city.

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