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Population jumps 32% in the West End

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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - New census numbers are out and it's official: Short Pump and Innsbrook are the fastest growing areas of Henrico County. For the people who live and work there, that's not surprising. They've been feeling the growing pains for a while now.

North-western Henrico saw a population increase of 32% in the last 10 years. More than 72,000 people now live in this area.

As expected Short Pump, Innsbrook and Three Chopt are Henrico's boom towns. Growing at the fastest rate...businesses are clamoring to move in. Just last week we learned four more are on the way including an Olive Garden and Bassett Furniture. The growth means more homes and a bigger tax base for the county.

Sarah Bice sells real estate in the West End.

"We're building more houses, there's more people moving. We need more grocery stores, you know, more dry cleaning places," said Bice.

The business boom also means more competition for mom and pops like Nonna's Pizza.

Rachel DePompa: "You're not afraid of getting swallowed up in all the commercial that comes down?"
Jason Maxey: "No we're ready for it. The business comes, bring it on."

For Nonna's, it's the parking that poses the biggest problem. Not enough spaces to handle the crush of people.

The biggest complaint is traffic some people avoid this area all together because of it.

"The growth of the area it comes down to traffic being heavier and not being able to go from point A to point B as fast as we used to be," said Megan Kilker who works in Innsbrook.

There's so many people living here, in what's called the Three Chopt district that Henrico County leaders are going to have redraw the lines to make it more fair come election day.

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