Population Numbers and Trends

Population Numbers and Trends

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Population growth and age distribution in Virginia
The growth patterns of the 95 counties and 38 independent cities that make up Virginia vary tremendously, ranging from high growth to continuing decline.

Taking a look at fertility trends
This blog post focuses on how U.S. fertility rates have changed over time and how they might look in the future.

1 in 5 Virginians will be over 65 years by 2030
Virginia’s elderly population is anticipated to nearly double in size between 2010 and 2030, accounting for about 1 in 5 Virginians.

Despite slowing growth rate, Virginia is projected to be the 10th largest state…
Latest population projections show that Virginia will continue to grow steadily over time, and be home to more than 10 million people by 2040.

2016 population estimates
The most obvious trend in the population estimates is how much more slowly Virginia and most of its communities are growing this decade.

In most of the U.S. the working age population is now shrinking
In coming decades further growth in the working-age population is on track to be considerably slower, increasing at less than half the rate of the rest of the population.

The U.S. Birth Rate is near an all-time low…
There were fewer births in 2015 than in 2014 with the U.S fertility rate (the number of births per 1000 women ages 15 to 44) reaching an all-time low.

Aging into our future: Projecting population age structures
By 2020, one in six people, or more than 16% of the population, will be above 65 years of age. The share of older Americans is expected to keep rising to nearly 20% by 2030.

National population projections: Growing but slowing
View our updated population projections through 2040 for the nation as well as the 50 states and District of Columbia.

Population growth in Virginia is reversing decades-old trend, estimates show
Virginia, like Loudoun, has had fewer people moving to it since 2010, while its positive balance of births and deaths is shrinking as its population ages.

Birth rates: Comparing Virginia’s counties with countries
Much of Virginia has low birth rates. See which country has the birth rate of your county.

The 2010s are not shaping up to be anything like recent decades
Based on our 2014 population estimates, Virginia’s population is growing much more slowly than in any recent decade.

America’s shifting center of gravity
The United States’ demographic center of gravity has shifted westward each census since the first in 1790.

High cotton: When Virginia’s counties hit their peak
Outside of Virginia’s largest urban areas, population growth is not a fact of life.

Virginia is getting older
We had a lot of babies a while back and since then people started living a lot longer.

Virginia’s population estimates: Growing more slowly
Every year the Cooper Center produces the official population estimates for the Commonwealth of Virginia. This year’s estimates show that the population grew by less than one percent between July 2012 and July 2013.

Population aging and growing dependency
Not only will larger numbers of individuals be reaching older ages (65 and older) than ever before, but a rising proportion of the population will be at older ages in the future.

Reports and Population Data

Virginia population estimates
These estimates, produced by the Weldon Cooper Center each year, provide the best approximation of the population count on July 1st of the prior year.

National and state population projections (including D.C.)
These population projections detail changes between 2020 and 2040 in overall population and in subgroups by age, sex, race, and Hispanic origin.

Virginia population projections
These 2020, 2030, and 2040 projections include Virginia, its 134 localities and 22 Planning District Commissions (PDCs), and total population projections for large towns.

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