Virginia Continues Its Dominance As Virginia's Population Center
January 18, 2002-- Virginia
may be suffering severe financial problems, but its population continues
to grow in the new century at roughly the same steady pace as in
the 1990s, according to new estimates from the University of Virginia's
Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.
County in Northern Virginia, the state's highest-income locality,
continues to outstrip the rest of Virginia in terms of population
growth too, maintaining an average growth rate of 7.5 percent a
year in 2001, said Julia H. Martin, the center's director of demographic
research. No other Virginia locality is growing by more than 5 percent
Northern Virginia continues to gain ground as the state's dominant
population center, according to the center's 2001 estimates. Already
accounting for 31 percent of Virginians, the Northern Virginia metro
area has accelerated its annual growth rate from 2.2 percent during
the 1990s to 2.4 percent between 2000 and 2001. Most of the state's
other metro areas are estimated to be growing at a slightly slower
rate than they did in the 1990s, including the second-fastest growing
region, the Charlottesville metro area.
2001 two-thirds of all Virginians lived in the Northern Virginia,
Hampton Roads and Richmond metro areas.
further evidence that Virginia is an increasingly metropolitan and
suburban state, some 13 localities have populations topping 100,000.
All are in the Northern Virginia, Norfolk and Richmond areas.
state's estimated 2001 population is 7.18 million, up about 1.5
percent about the official 2000 census figure of 7.08 million.
U.Va. centers annual estimates are based on regression analysis
of population statistics. In some localities, these results are
averaged with those generated by a method based on building permits,
real estate vacancy rates, and persons per household. School enrollment,
births, licensed drivers, and state tax return information are also
used as indicators.
full report of 2001 population estimates and growth rates for all
Virginia localities and regions is on the Weldon Cooper Demographics
web site at http://www.ccps.virginia.edu/Demographics/default.html.
Tolson was co-researcher in preparing the estimates.
Bob Brickhouse, (434) 924-6856