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RVA growth outpaces Chicago, Phoenix, San Diego

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Richmond is growing faster than Chicago, Phoenix and San Diego, according to the latest U.S. Census figures released Thursday. The Capital has the biggest population growth in Central Virginia, adding more than 4,000 people between 2011 and 2012.

According to the census data, Richmond beats most of America when it comes to attracting new residents. The data comes as no surprise to Del. Jennifer McClellan, who said in a phone interview Thursday more and more Virginians are fleeing to Richmond from congested NOVA.

"Richmond has always been on the cusp of greatness, and now we're turning a real corner," McClellan said.

Robert Crum, executive director of the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission, agrees with McClellan's outlook.

"I think quality of life, it starts there," Crum said in an interview Thursday. "We have historic Downtown, a comfortable urban setting…the fact that you can be in an urban setting such as this, and in 15 minutes you can be in the rural countryside is a major selling point."

Del. McClellan added that with more people, Richmond can expect to see more revitalization. Local developers receive tax breaks if they preserve old buildings, a perk that continues to spur growth Downtown.

Richmond now stands at a population of 210,309 - a three percent increase from 2011 to 2012. The Capital now comes in as the 102nd largest city in America, with the Richmond metropolitan area ranking as the 43rd largest in the country.

Check the full U.S. Census data here:

http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?src=bkmk

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