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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."

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.