The Demographics Research Group conducts practical and policy-oriented analysis of census and demographic data; and communicates rigorous research and its policy implications to decision makers and the general public through meaningful publications and presentations. We bring population data to life.

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"The Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, which publishes annual population estimates between censuses for Virginia’s cities and counties, found that the Richmond area grew by 2.1%, or 27,640 people, from 2020 to July 2022."

"The Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia recently released its latest figures showing how much the population has changed locality-by-locality since the 2020 census. I dealt with the major trends in a previous column: Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads are losing population, the Richmond metro is now the fastest-growing part of the state, but we’re also seeing many rural areas gain population."

"It is ideal for those older adults who have all the infrastructure and all the surrounding environment is supportive of healthy aging," Baik says. "However, some older adults have different experiences, and they may stay in their places without their choice because they do not have enough financial resources."

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National Population Projections

These population projections for the nation overall, and for all 50 states (and the District of Columbia), were produced and released by the Weldon Cooper Center, Demographics Research Group in December 2018.

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Virginia Population Estimates and Projections

The Demographics Group develops and releases the official population estimates and projections for the Commonwealth of Virginia for the state and its localities.


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