Virginia’s population growth is slowing

Virginia’s population growth is slowing
Virginia’s population might grow over the next decade, but it could be slower than it’s been in the past, according to population projections by the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. (Source: Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury)

Virginia’s population might grow over the next decade, but it could be slower than it’s been in the past, according to population projections by the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.

The center found that population growth has decelerated to 8 percent, from 13 percent last decade. The rate is expected to hold steady “assuming that the commonwealth continues to experience lower birth rates, higher death rates (the result of an aging population) and fewer people moving into the state,” a UVAToday daily report states.

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