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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Virginia women are putting off childbirth until later in life

"Shonel Sen of the University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service says these numbers reflect a national shift: 'The same trend is reflected in Virginia...but the fertility decline is more prominent in Virginia.'"

How old is your city's population? Check out its 'population pyramid'

"Based on 2017 Census Bureau population estimates, Crespin, a researcher at the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, constructed 'population pyramids,' graphics that show the distribution of Virginia’s local and regional populations by age group and sex."

In about 20 years, half the population will live in eight states

"Eight states will have just under half of the total population of the country, 49.5 percent, according to the Weldon Cooper Center’s estimate."

Forget Florida: More Northern Retirees Head to Appalachia

"Census data show that from 2010 to 2017, net migration to retirement-destination counties in Appalachian regions of Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee increased 169%, the same percentage of growth for retirement destinations in Florida, according to Hamilton Lombard, a University of Virginia demographer who has tracked the halfback phenomenon."

City Perks, Suburb Life

"'A lot of suburbs are urbanizing' as millennials move there and demand city-like benefits, says Hamilton Lombard, an analyst at the University of Virginia's Demographics Research Group."