The year 2040 sounds like a long way off. But 24 years is not that far distant when it comes to planning roads, transit, utilities, schools and other essentials for life in the 21st century, and scrounging up the money to pay for it all. If these projections by the Demographics Research Group at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service are anywhere near the mark, Virginia will gain another 1.7 million residents by 2040, surpassing the 10.5 million mark. And most of that growth will occur where people already are, in the state’s existing metropolitan regions.
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