What Is The Demographics Research Group?

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.

Population Data

Access the official Virginia population projections and estimates and our national population projections. 

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Demographic Analysis

Explore trends in population, regional distribution, politics, school enrollment, and migration. 

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Data Visualization

Understand the changing human landscape in Virginia and nationally through powerful data visualizations.

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2017 Population Estimates Now Available

Virginia’s annual population growth rate this decade is the lowest since the 1920s, according to new population estimates released by the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.

A more diverse Virginia includes an aging population

"Hamilton Lombard at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at UVA says the aging of the Baby Boomers is causing the population over the age of 65 to explode." - 01/02/2018

This is the new ‘giant sucking sound’ you hear. It’s changing the economy and disrupting politics.

“A fascinating new analysis from the Demographics Research Group at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service in the University of Virginia quantifies a stunning demographic and economic transformation of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas over the past quarter century.” – 10/24/2017

Rural millennials buck their generation's trends

“’You can only grow two ways: One is having more people move in than out. The other is having more births than deaths. And if you’ve lost one of those engines, you’re really reliant on migration, which is a lot less reliable,’” said Weldon Cooper Center demographer Hamilton Lombard.” – 08/05/2017

Virginia’s senior population could nearly double by 2030

“This growing group of aging Virginians could account for more than half the state’s total population growth, according to recent forecasts from the University of Virginia.” – 07/14/17