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January 29, 2019

County population tops 70,000, new report says

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Despite the continued development of subdivisions near Vint Hill and others around Fauquier, the county population has grown slowly over the last decade.
Fauquier Population
• 1960: 24,066

• 1970: 26,376

• 1980: 35,889

• 1990: 48,741

• 2000: 55,139

• 2010: 65,206

Source: U.S. Census
For the first time, Fauquier County’s population has hit 70,000, according to a new estimate from state demographers.

Last July 1, Fauquier had 70,150 residents, the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service reported Monday.

A year earlier, Weldon Cooper put the county population at 69,098. That means Fauquier’s population grew by 1,052 people — or 1.5 percent — in 12 months.

The 2010 Census put the county population at 65,203. Since then, Fauquier’s population has increased by 7.6 percent or 4,947 people, according to the new estimate.

But, Fauquier’s eight neighboring counties include several of the fastest-growing in the nation, along with one that continues to lose residents:

• Loudoun, 406,355 estimated population, up 30.1 percent since the 2010 Census.

• Stafford, 149,110, up 15.6 percent.

Prince William, 463,046, up 15.2 percent.

• Culpeper, 51.282, up 9.8 percent.

• Warren, 39,630, up 5.5 percent.

• Clarke, 14,400, up 2.6 percent.

• Rappahannock, 7,219, down 2.1 percent.

Virginia’s population has grown by 6.5 percent since the 2010 Census, passing 8.5 million residents in 2018, according to Weldon Cooper’s latest estimates.

While Virginia added more than 50,000 new residents last year, the state’s annual population growth remains at its lowest since the 1920s. During the past five years, Virginia’s population has grown more slowly than the nation’s.

Much of the slowdown in Virginia’s results from “domestic out-migration” — more people moving out than into the state, said Hamilton Lombard, a demographer who prepared the annual estimates.

“Over the last five years, 80,000 more Virginians moved out than residents from other states moved in,” Mr. Lombard said. “Many were young families, which helped cause Virginia’s public school enrollment to decline last fall for the first time since 1984.”
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