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Population Growth of Towns

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Population Growth of Towns

Key Facts Population Growth of Towns

Northern Virginia is on the front lines of a demographic transformation shaping the United States. There has been an extraordinary amount of population growth in Northern Virginia, some of it being in incorporated towns.  The town of Purcellville has nearly tripled in size since 2000.  The town of Lovettsville has more than tripled in size since 2000.  The towns of Leesburg and Haymarket have populations that have nearly doubled since 2000. 

Decennial Census Data

The Decennial Census is based on a survey of the entire population.  It is conducted once a decade.  The 2020 Decennial Census population was release on August 12, 2021.  The Decennial Census town population data is shown in the interactive charts that follow. 

Annual Estimates Data

Annual estimates of population paint a portrait of the annual growth patterns in the towns of Northern Virginia.  Annual estimates are not based on a full census of the population.  Rather they are estimates based on a compilation of multiple administrative data pieces such as birth records and residential building permits.  The estimates are benchmarked to the Decennial Census.  These latest estimates are benchmarked to the 2010 Decennial Census.  The 2020 Decennial Census data was released on August 12, 2021.  Using the results of the 2020 Decennial Census, the annual estimates for 2010 to 2019 shown below will be adjusted later on by the U.S. Census Bureau sometime in 2022.  Until the data is adjusted, the following data will not correspond exactly with the results of the 2020 Census, but the estimates are relatively close.