The University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center released the July 1, 2020 Population Estimates for Virginia and its counties and independent cities at the end of January. This data is used by state and local government agencies in funding allocations and planning and budgeting. The CSPDC’s estimated 2020 population was 303,916. Since the 2010 Census, the region’s population has grown by 17,135 or 6.0%. Rockingham County and the City of Harrisonburg experienced the greatest growth from 2010 to 2020. Their populations increased 8.5% and 10.5%, respectively, to add 11,630 people to the CSPDC region. Virginia’s population increased by 7.3% during the same time period. The Weldon Cooper Center will update its Population Estimates in the second half of 2021 to include the currently delayed 2020 Decennial Census Count data.
The population estimates, including components of change, are available on the Weldon Cooper Center website. You also may find population information on the CSPDC’s Regional Data Center.