Fastest-growing counties in Virginia

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December 6, 2021
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Fastest-growing counties in Virginia

From 2019 to 2020, the U.S. population grew by .35%, its slowest rate since 1900. Declining births, increasing deaths largely due to the graying Baby Boomer population, and a crackdown on immigration have contributed to many states seeing net population losses in recent years.

But in other pockets of the country, populations are growing. These shifts can be due to job opportunities, high quality of life, easy commutability to job centers, low rents, or any combination of these or other factors. Stacker compiled a list of the fastest-growing counties in Virginia using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the highest population growth from 2010 to 2020.

A county typically sees population growth as a “bedroom community” (a municipality with an atypically large commuting population) to a large city. These communities are typically quieter than their feeder cities, offer lower rents and a higher quality of living, and are remote enough to be immune to the feeder city’s crime, traffic, and crowds. Keep reading to see if your home county made the list.

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#23. Culpeper County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 6,803
--- #557 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +14.9%
--- #22 among counties in Virginia, #317 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 52,552
--- #35 largest county in Virginia, #956 largest county nationwide

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#22. Montgomery County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 7,194
--- #543 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +7.8%
--- #45 among counties in Virginia, #710 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 99,721
--- #19 largest county in Virginia, #607 largest county nationwide

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#21. Prince George County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 7,881
--- #531 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +22.4%
--- #7 among counties in Virginia, #147 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 43,010
--- #40 largest county in Virginia, #1,116 largest county nationwide

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#20. Fauquier County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 8,426
--- #512 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +13.1%
--- #27 among counties in Virginia, #393 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 72,972
--- #29 largest county in Virginia, #755 largest county nationwide

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#19. Rockingham County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 8,835
--- #502 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +11.8%
--- #29 among counties in Virginia, #450 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 83,757
--- #24 largest county in Virginia, #686 largest county nationwide

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#18. Hanover County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 10,807
--- #460 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +10.9%
--- #33 among counties in Virginia, #502 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 109,979
--- #17 largest county in Virginia, #556 largest county nationwide

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#17. Bedford County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 11,765
--- #440 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +17.4%
--- #15 among counties in Virginia, #250 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 79,462
--- #25 largest county in Virginia, #716 largest county nationwide

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#16. Suffolk

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 11,780
--- #439 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +14.3%
--- #24 among counties in Virginia, #341 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 94,324
--- #22 largest county in Virginia, #638 largest county nationwide

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#15. James City County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 13,868
--- #399 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +21.5%
--- #8 among counties in Virginia, #159 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 78,254
--- #27 largest county in Virginia, #723 largest county nationwide

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#14. Frederick County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 15,584
--- #371 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +20.5%
--- #10 among counties in Virginia, #177 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 91,419
--- #23 largest county in Virginia, #653 largest county nationwide

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#13. Albemarle County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 15,762
--- #368 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +16.3%
--- #20 among counties in Virginia, #273 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 112,395
--- #16 largest county in Virginia, #548 largest county nationwide

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#12. Spotsylvania County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 19,820
--- #333 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +16.5%
--- #19 among counties in Virginia, #268 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 140,032
--- #14 largest county in Virginia, #468 largest county nationwide

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#11. Virginia Beach

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 23,474
--- #302 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +5.4%
--- #56 among counties in Virginia, #896 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 459,470
--- #3 largest county in Virginia, #156 largest county nationwide

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#10. Richmond

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 24,782
--- #285 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +12.3%
--- #28 among counties in Virginia, #425 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 226,610
--- #10 largest county in Virginia, #308 largest county nationwide

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#9. Alexandria

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 25,820
--- #276 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +19.3%
--- #12 among counties in Virginia, #204 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 159,467
--- #12 largest county in Virginia, #422 largest county nationwide

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#8. Chesapeake

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 30,154
--- #248 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +13.8%
--- #25 among counties in Virginia, #358 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 249,422
--- #7 largest county in Virginia, #278 largest county nationwide

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#7. Stafford County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 32,340
--- #229 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +26.0%
--- #6 among counties in Virginia, #102 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 156,927
--- #13 largest county in Virginia, #431 largest county nationwide

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#6. Henrico County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 34,336
--- #222 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +11.4%
--- #30 among counties in Virginia, #471 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 334,389
--- #6 largest county in Virginia, #214 largest county nationwide

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#5. Arlington County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 41,176
--- #181 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +20.9%
--- #9 among counties in Virginia, #169 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 238,643
--- #8 largest county in Virginia, #285 largest county nationwide

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#4. Chesterfield County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 55,915
--- #136 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +18.1%
--- #14 among counties in Virginia, #229 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 364,548
--- #5 largest county in Virginia, #199 largest county nationwide

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#3. Fairfax County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 101,755
--- #63 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +9.7%
--- #38 among counties in Virginia, #578 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 1,150,309
--- #1 largest county in Virginia, #39 largest county nationwide

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#2. Prince William County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 102,789
--- #59 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +27.1%
--- #5 among counties in Virginia, #94 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 482,204
--- #2 largest county in Virginia, #149 largest county nationwide

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#1. Loudoun County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 129,306
--- #48 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +44.3%
--- #1 among counties in Virginia, #24 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 420,959
--- #4 largest county in Virginia, #171 largest county nationwide

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#122. Hampton City

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -1,898
--- #2,821 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -1.4%
--- #79 among counties in Virginia, #1,767 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 137,148
--- #15 largest county in Virginia, #472 largest county nationwide

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#117. Danville City

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -1,197
--- #2,611 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -2.7%
--- #91 among counties in Virginia, #1,976 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 42,590
--- #42 largest county in Virginia, #1,131 largest county nationwide

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#31. Newport News City

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 4,425
--- #662 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +2.4%
--- #66 among counties in Virginia, #1,229 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 186,247
--- #11 largest county in Virginia, #360 largest county nationwide

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#59. Portsmouth City

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 1,130
--- #1,051 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +1.2%
--- #71 among counties in Virginia, #1,406 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 97,915
--- #20 largest county in Virginia, #619 largest county nationwide

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#101. Martinsville City

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -544
--- #2,212 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -3.9%
--- #100 among counties in Virginia, #2,147 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 13,485
--- #104 largest county in Virginia, #2,186 largest county nationwide

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#58. Petersburg City

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 1,155
--- #1,046 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +3.6%
--- #61 among counties in Virginia, #1,082 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 33,458
--- #53 largest county in Virginia, #1,343 largest county nationwide

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#98. Bristol City

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -485
--- #2,156 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -2.7%
--- #92 among counties in Virginia, #1,981 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 17,219
--- #87 largest county in Virginia, #1,954 largest county nationwide

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#82. Galax City

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -216
--- #1,839 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -3.1%
--- #95 among counties in Virginia, #2,033 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 6,720
--- #123 largest county in Virginia, #2,682 largest county nationwide

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#89. Franklin City

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -369
--- #2,014 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -4.3%
--- #103 among counties in Virginia, #2,202 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 8,180
--- #119 largest county in Virginia, #2,566 largest county nationwide

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#84. Covington City

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -252
--- #1,886 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -4.2%
--- #102 among counties in Virginia, #2,190 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 5,737
--- #129 largest county in Virginia, #2,756 largest county nationwide

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#75. Emporia City

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -56
--- #1,635 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -1.0%
--- #77 among counties in Virginia, #1,714 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 5,766
--- #128 largest county in Virginia, #2,754 largest county nationwide

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#72. Buena Vista City

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -12
--- #1,577 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -0.2%
--- #72 among counties in Virginia, #1,594 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 6,641
--- #124 largest county in Virginia, #2,690 largest county nationwide

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#65. Hopewell City

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 527
--- #1,222 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +2.3%
--- #67 among counties in Virginia, #1,240 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 23,033
--- #73 largest county in Virginia, #1,677 largest county nationwide

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#64. Colonial Heights City

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 698
--- #1,161 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +4.0%
--- #59 among counties in Virginia, #1,031 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 18,170
--- #83 largest county in Virginia, #1,908 largest county nationwide

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#70. Poquoson City

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 361
--- #1,295 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +3.0%
--- #62 among counties in Virginia, #1,156 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 12,460
--- #106 largest county in Virginia, #2,244 largest county nationwide

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#79. Norton City

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -199
--- #1,814 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -5.1%
--- #108 among counties in Virginia, #2,320 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 3,687
--- #132 largest county in Virginia, #2,911 largest county nationwide

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#71. Lexington City

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 330
--- #1,317 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +4.7%
--- #57 among counties in Virginia, #966 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 7,320
--- #121 largest county in Virginia, #2,636 largest county nationwide

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#52. Staunton City

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 1,944
--- #910 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +8.2%
--- #43 among counties in Virginia, #681 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 25,750
--- #68 largest county in Virginia, #1,570 largest county nationwide

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#63. Salem City

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 705
--- #1,160 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +2.9%
--- #64 among counties in Virginia, #1,178 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 25,346
--- #69 largest county in Virginia, #1,587 largest county nationwide

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#56. Waynesboro City

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 1,311
--- #1,008 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +6.3%
--- #50 among counties in Virginia, #828 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 22,196
--- #76 largest county in Virginia, #1,704 largest county nationwide

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#83. Radford City

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -248
--- #1,878 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -1.5%
--- #81 among counties in Virginia, #1,791 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 16,070
--- #92 largest county in Virginia, #2,029 largest county nationwide

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#50. Fairfax City

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 2,088
--- #892 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +9.5%
--- #39 among counties in Virginia, #589 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 24,146
--- #71 largest county in Virginia, #1,638 largest county nationwide

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#51. Williamsburg City

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 2,004
--- #900 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +14.9%
--- #21 among counties in Virginia, #316 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 15,425
--- #96 largest county in Virginia, #2,066 largest county nationwide

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#48. Winchester City

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 2,167
--- #874 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +8.3%
--- #42 among counties in Virginia, #665 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 28,120
--- #62 largest county in Virginia, #1,491 largest county nationwide

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#131. Norfolk City

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -4,138
--- #3,053 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -1.7%
--- #83 among counties in Virginia, #1,818 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 238,005
--- #9 largest county in Virginia, #287 largest county nationwide

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#42. Falls Church City

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 3,193
--- #754 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +27.8%
--- #4 among counties in Virginia, #87 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 14,658
--- #101 largest county in Virginia, #2,107 largest county nationwide

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#35. Roanoke City

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 4,218
--- #675 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +4.4%
--- #58 among counties in Virginia, #989 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 100,011
--- #18 largest county in Virginia, #604 largest county nationwide

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