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

Some surprising educational statistics from Southside and Southwest Va.

"The Weldon Cooper website gets to the heart of the matter: 'The large number of graduating students from areas such as Southwest Virginia and Southside is promising; however, the degree to which these students return to these regions is small.'"

How job requirements are changing

"The Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia recently posted an excellent discussion of these trends on its statchatva.org site"

Number of kids in Virginia public schools is down for the first time since the 1980s

"The enrollment drop is ever so slight...but 'It is one we’ve been expecting,' said Hamilton Lombard, a researcher at UVA’s Weldon Cooper Center, which sets the state’s official population estimates each year. 'It just happened a little sooner than we expected.'” Read Lombard's article, Virginia's school enrollment declined in 2018 for the first time in decades.

Demography reveals the true state of the Commonwealth

"If you want to really understand the State of the Commonwealth, we refer you to the latest population estimates from the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia. They paint a much truer picture of what’s really happening..."

Virginia's Unemployment Numbers Show More Women Are Out of Work Than Men

“'Six out of 10 individuals who are out of work in Virginia are women.' That’s Shonel Sen at the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.” Read Sen's article, Gender differences in Virginia's out-of-work population.