Virginia Population Hits 8.1 Million

Virginia’s population grew 1.2% in 2011, reaching 8.1 million, according to the official population estimate developed by the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. Nationally, population growth hit 1.0%. Virginia posted the 13th highest growth rate and the seventh largest numerical gain.

Consistent with long-standing trends, the largest gains were concentrated in the Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads and Richmond metropolitan areas. But Fredericksburg was the fastest-growing locality, experiencing a growth rate of 4.9%.

While Southside and Southwest Virginia continued losing population, some independent cities showed modest growth, including economically hard-hit Danville and Martinsville.


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5 responses to “Virginia Population Hits 8.1 Million”

  1. That is the first time I have seen Fauquier “light up” on the map. the anti-growth crowd must be slacking off. then again, when yuare surrounded on three sides by higher growth, something is likely to give.

    Pretty soon, Old Larry is going to be able to cash out down in F’burg. Make a killing on capital gains and move on to better fishing grounds.

  2. I think our area has seen the rapture on growth. We got a crapload of houses underwater and the commute has progressed to maximum lousy and that’s before HOT lanes add to the misery.

    I spent 20 minutes trying to get 5 miles west on Route 3 in Fburg tonight. Luckily I only came from Stafford… and it was a once a week deal.

    I cannot imagine doing that plus the I-95 commute every 5 days of a 7 day week for 20-30 years of my life.

    I think the days of driving until you qualify are coming to an end.

    1. DJRippert Avatar

      I am confused. I thought it was the greedy, rich Tyson’s landowners paying off the Fairfax County BoS that caused the traffic jams.

      When did Fredricksburg start outsourcing land use planning decisions to Farifax County?

      LOL. LarryG. 5 miles in 20 minutes? That’s called the lightning route up here. 5 blocks in 20 minutes? That’s more like it.

  3. HardHatMommy Avatar

    I knew there was a reason I liked you. I’m a product of beautiful, backwoods Orange County just down the road from you across the Spotsy line. When I visit “home” I avoid rt3 at all costs. It’s so overgrown now. I would love to know the sq ft of retail they have per person.

  4. Orange County is GOD’s country!

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