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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."

Visualizing Virginia: Seven images explore demographic dynamics

The collection of seven visualizations depicts Virginia’s population size, growth, and age, as well as education, income, poverty, and employment. These “snapshots” capture and display the rich, diverse characteristics of the Commonwealth’s 133 localities, how those localities aggregate into regions, and how the regions assemble into the Commonwealth as a whole. 

Editorial: Virginia's dark demographic clouds

"Demographer Hamilton Lombard — who grew up in Bath County... — writes on the center’s demography website: 'Most residents moving out of Virginia have been from Northern Virginia where there is a large number of federal employees and contractors and, to a lesser extent, from Hampton Roads where there is a significant defense department presence.'"

Maine projected to have more old than young people by 2020

"By 2020, Maine’s population is expected to drop to 1.33 million from 1.34 million in 2017, according to the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. That center uses the same 2010 data on which the U.S. Census Bureau based its projections to break down state data. The U.S. Census Bureau did not break down its data by state."

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