ETC Institute, one of the nation's leading firms in the field of local government research, was contracted to administer the City's 2022 Resident Survey. A random sample of Virginia Beach residents were invited to participate in the survey to ensure that the survey data would be statistically viable and that input from a diverse range of residents that reflect the demographic composition of the City with regard to age, geographic dispersion, gender, race, and other factors was received.

The survey included standardized questions used in communities across the country, to allow Virginia Beach to benchmark the city against average ratings in other communities, and it also included questions developed specifically for Virginia Beach to gain insights on particular issues that impact the city.