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

America Needs a Bigger House

The New York Times refers readers to the Cooper Center StatChat blog to find the answer to this question that they pose in their article: "What is the optimal number of House seats?"

A Look At Life Expectancy in Virginia

"Women in Virginia are more than twice as likely to reach the age of 85 than men. That’s according to Kathryn Crespin at the University of Virginia, who says women are twice as likely to face disability in old age and three times as likely to face Alzheimer’s." Read Crespin's article, Five implications of the life expectancy gap between Virginia's men and women.

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.'" Read Sen's article, "Are women in Virginia choosing to have children later in life?"

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."