These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Virginia For 2018


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Is being in an area that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Virginia Beach and Norfolk, while others want peace and quiet like in Dumfries and Woodstock, thank you very much.

But today we’re going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts — over the past five years, which cities in Virginia have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census’s American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Old Dominion that have people climbing over each other to get in.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Virginia for 2018 according to the most recent census data:

  1. Purcellville (Photos)
  2. Leesburg (Photos)
  3. Manassas Park (Photos)
  4. Fredericksburg (Photos)
  5. Falls Church (Photos)
  6. Manassas (Photos)
  7. Alexandria (Photos)
  8. Culpeper (Photos)
  9. Williamsburg (Photos)
  10. Harrisonburg (Photos)

If you happen to be a resident of Purcellville, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you’re surprised–and you’re wondering why these places are kind of a big deal–keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Virginia are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.

Or check out the Fastest Growing States In America.

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How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Old Dominion

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the begining of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2016
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2016 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2017)

We ranked all 62 Virginia cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Old Dominion.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Population 2016 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here’s a graph of the cities in Virginia with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in virginia

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1. Purcellville

Purcellville, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,914
Population 2010: 7,102
Growth Rate: 25.51%
Absolute Growth: 1,812

2. Leesburg

Leesburg, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,401
Population 2010: 40,713
Growth Rate: 21.34%
Absolute Growth: 8,688

3. Manassas Park

Manassas Park, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,827
Population 2010: 13,195
Growth Rate: 19.95%
Absolute Growth: 2,632

4. Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,853
Population 2010: 23,375
Growth Rate: 19.16%
Absolute Growth: 4,478

5. Falls Church

Falls Church, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,597
Population 2010: 11,465
Growth Rate: 18.6%
Absolute Growth: 2,132

6. Manassas

Manassas, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 41,149
Population 2010: 36,067
Growth Rate: 14.09%
Absolute Growth: 5,082

7. Alexandria

Alexandria, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 151,473
Population 2010: 133,647
Growth Rate: 13.34%
Absolute Growth: 17,826

8. Culpeper

Culpeper, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,565
Population 2010: 15,607
Growth Rate: 12.55%
Absolute Growth: 1,958

9. Williamsburg

Williamsburg, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,988
Population 2010: 13,421
Growth Rate: 11.68%
Absolute Growth: 1,567

10. Harrisonburg

Harrisonburg, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 51,979
Population 2010: 47,406
Growth Rate: 9.65%
Absolute Growth: 4,573

These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Virginia are led by Purcellville which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We’ll be here to let you know!

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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Virginia

City Rank Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Purcellville 1 8,914 7,102 1,812 25.5%
Leesburg 2 49,401 40,713 8,688 21.3%
Manassas Park 3 15,827 13,195 2,632 19.9%
Fredericksburg 4 27,853 23,375 4,478 19.2%
Falls Church 5 13,597 11,465 2,132 18.6%
Manassas 6 41,149 36,067 5,082 14.1%
Alexandria 7 151,473 133,647 17,826 13.3%
Culpeper 8 17,565 15,607 1,958 12.5%
Williamsburg 9 14,988 13,421 1,567 11.7%
Harrisonburg 10 51,979 47,406 4,573 9.6%
Charlottesville 11 45,538 42,267 3,271 7.7%
Christiansburg 12 21,799 20,288 1,511 7.4%
Herndon 13 24,415 22,726 1,689 7.4%
Richmond 14 216,773 201,828 14,945 7.4%
Strasburg 15 6,525 6,081 444 7.3%
Fairfax 16 23,620 22,058 1,562 7.1%
Warrenton 17 9,880 9,245 635 6.9%
Lynchburg 18 78,755 73,726 5,029 6.8%
Vienna 19 16,378 15,387 991 6.4%
Chesapeake 20 233,194 219,268 13,926 6.4%
Bridgewater 21 5,906 5,581 325 5.8%
Smithfield 22 8,304 7,869 435 5.5%
Suffolk 23 87,061 82,544 4,517 5.5%
Winchester 24 27,349 25,953 1,396 5.4%
Radford 25 17,186 16,318 868 5.3%
Dumfries 26 5,180 4,947 233 4.7%
Blacksburg 27 43,973 42,149 1,824 4.3%
Woodstock 28 5,208 4,994 214 4.3%
Roanoke 29 99,329 95,793 3,536 3.7%
Front Royal 30 15,006 14,508 498 3.4%
Virginia Beach 31 449,733 435,996 13,737 3.2%
Salem 32 25,290 24,641 649 2.6%
Ashland 33 7,406 7,225 181 2.5%
Waynesboro 34 21,366 20,885 481 2.3%
Staunton 35 24,234 23,806 428 1.8%
Farmville 36 8,562 8,417 145 1.7%
Norfolk 37 245,724 242,143 3,581 1.5%
Vinton 38 8,170 8,074 96 1.2%
Lexington 39 7,036 6,990 46 0.7%
Big Stone Gap 40 5,462 5,435 27 0.5%
Colonial Heights 41 17,554 17,472 82 0.5%
Wytheville 42 8,167 8,163 4 0.0%
Newport News 43 181,606 181,822 -216 -0.1%
Abingdon 44 8,117 8,128 -11 -0.1%
Poquoson 45 12,068 12,099 -31 -0.3%
Buena Vista 46 6,610 6,653 -43 -0.6%
Portsmouth 47 96,071 96,785 -714 -0.7%
Hopewell 48 22,332 22,506 -174 -0.8%
Petersburg 49 31,997 32,303 -306 -0.9%
Galax 50 6,858 6,936 -78 -1.1%
Franklin 51 8,413 8,549 -136 -1.6%
Hampton 52 136,789 139,046 -2,257 -1.6%
Bristol 53 17,340 17,704 -364 -2.1%
Marion 54 5,891 6,032 -141 -2.3%
South Boston 55 8,000 8,202 -202 -2.5%
Pulaski 56 8,918 9,180 -262 -2.9%
Bluefield 57 5,254 5,425 -171 -3.2%
Danville 58 42,360 43,787 -1,427 -3.3%
Martinsville 59 13,551 14,029 -478 -3.4%
Emporia 60 5,565 5,822 -257 -4.4%
Covington 61 5,650 5,989 -339 -5.7%
Richlands 62 5,568 5,927 -359 -6.1%

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