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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Lombard, officially the estimates program manager for the Demographic Research Group at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, spoke last week to the Governor’s Summit on Rural Prosperity in Farmville. He used the occasion to deliver some eye-popping numbers.

Shonel Sen at the Weldon Cooper Center says that based on our projections, we anticipated that about 70 percent of the state's population would be living in the three largest metro areas. And that is what the Census 2020 headcount validates.

Weldon Cooper’s work shows the changes may cause confusion and even skew data, according to Cai. Especially, she said, in Virginia’s smaller communities.

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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.