The State of NoVa still growing fast, Loudoun now Virginia’s third largest county


Gotta keep those schools coming to handle the growing population: Rock Ridge High School, under construction in Ashburn, set to open this fall. (The Washington Post)

New population estimates for Virginia were released Tuesday by the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, and they show that in the last three years, while Virginia’s population rose 3.2 percent, Northern Virginia’s population nearly doubled that: a 6.1 percent increase as of July 1, 2013. Loudoun County grew more than any county in the commonwealth since 2010, by 11.4 percent, and Arlington County had the second-most growth, 9.4 percent. Loudoun is now the third largest county by population in Virginia, passing Chesterfield County. Fairfax is first, Prince William second and Arlington sixth.

Among cities, Fredericksburg had the most growth in the last three years, 15.1 percent, but Alexandria and Falls Church were second with 8 percent population rises, and Manassas City was next at 7.6 percent. The statewide stats are here. Here are the State of NoVa’s latest stats, showing we added nearly 137,000 people in the last three years, taking the state over 2.3 million:

County/City 2010 Census 2013 Estimate Numeric Change % Change
Arlington 207,627 227,146 19,519 9.4%
Fairfax 1,081,726 1,116,897 35,171 3.3%
Loudoun 312,311 347,969 35,658 11.4%
Prince William 402,002 431,258 29,256 7.3%
Alexandria City 139,966 151,218 11,252 8%
Fairfax City 22,565 23,938 1,373 6.1%
Falls Church City 12,332 13,315 983 8%
Manassas City 37,821 40,690 2,869 7.6%
Manassas Park City 14,273 15,174 901 6.3%
Totals 2,230,623 2,367,605 136,982 6.1%

 

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.
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