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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Demographics Research Group Staff

Wildly distorted data from Virginia’s census could have ‘decade-long consequences,’ warn U.Va. researchers

“'A rural, declining, old, predominant white community, for example, may appear instead growing, younger, and more diverse,' Meredith Strohm Gunter, the Cooper Center’s director, wrote in a memo earlier this year to Gov. Ralph Northam."

There's no place like home for telecommuters

"As of 2018, more than 10,500 people in the Roanoke metro area primarily worked from home, said Hamilton Lombard, a demographer with Weldon Cooper."

The new Census algorithm is wiping out cities’ populations and miscounting minorities

"Meredith Gunter of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia warned Gov. Ralph Northam in a January memo that data on the sub-state level 'will be sacrificed" for privacy, which could lead to "misallocation of funds, poor capacity for planning… '"

Changing Times: A demographic revolution is transforming how Virginians live — and vote

"Since the last U.S. Census in 2010, Virginia’s population has grown an estimated 6.7% to 8.5 million, according to the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia."

Chesapeake has now passed Norfolk as Virginia’s second most populous city, new data show

"Chesapeake has surpassed Norfolk to become the commonwealth’s second-most populous city, according to recently released estimates from the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service."