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:
- Purcellville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Leesburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Manassas Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Fredericksburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Falls Church (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Manassas (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Alexandria (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Culpeper (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Williamsburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Harrisonburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
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.
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]
Population: 8,914 Population 2010: 7,102
Growth Rate: 25.51%
Absolute Growth: 1,812
More on Purcellville: Homes For Sale | Data
Purcellville is a town in Loudoun County, Virginia, United States. The population was 9,232 according to the United States Census 2015 Population Estimate (as of July 1, 2015). Purcellville is the major population center for western Loudoun and the Loudoun Valley. Today[update], many of the older structures remaining in Purcellville reflect the Victorian architecture popular during the early 20th century. Patrick Henry College is located in the town.
Population: 49,401 Population 2010: 40,713
Growth Rate: 21.34%
Absolute Growth: 8,688
More on Leesburg: Homes For Sale | Data
Leesburg is a historic town within and the county seat of Loudoun County, Virginia. Leesburg is 33 miles (53 km) west-northwest of Washington, D.C. along the base of Catoctin Mountain and adjacent to the Potomac River. Its population according to the 2010 Census is 42,616. The town is also the northwestern terminus of the Dulles Greenway, a private toll road that connects to the Dulles Toll Road at Washington Dulles International Airport.
3. Manassas Park
Population: 15,827 Population 2010: 13,195
Growth Rate: 19.95%
Absolute Growth: 2,632
More on Manassas Park: Homes For Sale | Data
Manassas Park is an independent city in the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,273. Manassas Park is bordered by the city of Manassas and Prince William County. Manassas Park is a part of the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. “A” Fort and Battery Hill Redoubt-Camp Early resides in Manassas Park.
Population: 27,853 Population 2010: 23,375
Growth Rate: 19.16%
Absolute Growth: 4,478
More on Fredericksburg: Homes For Sale | Data
Fredericksburg is an independent city located in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the Eastern United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,286, up from 19,279 at the 2000 census. The city population was estimated at 28,118 in 2015. The Bureau of Economic Analysis of the United States Department of Commerce combines the city of Fredericksburg with neighboring Spotsylvania County for statistical purposes.
5. Falls Church
Population: 13,597 Population 2010: 11,465
Growth Rate: 18.6%
Absolute Growth: 2,132
More on Falls Church: Homes For Sale | Data
Falls Church is an independent city in the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,332. The estimated population in 2015 was 13,892. Falls Church is included in the Washington metropolitan area. Falls Church has the lowest level of poverty of any independent city or county in the United States.
Population: 41,149 Population 2010: 36,067
Growth Rate: 14.09%
Absolute Growth: 5,082
More on Manassas: Homes For Sale | Data
Manassas (formerly Manassas Junction) is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 37,821. The city borders Prince William County, the independent city of Manassas Park, and Fairfax County. The Bureau of Economic Analysis includes both Manassas and Manassas Park with Prince William County for statistical purposes.
Population: 151,473 Population 2010: 133,647
Growth Rate: 13.34%
Absolute Growth: 17,826
More on Alexandria: Homes For Sale | Data
Alexandria is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 139,966, and in 2016, the population was estimated to be 155,810. Located along the western bank of the Potomac River, Alexandria is approximately 7 miles (11 km) south of downtown Washington, D.C.
Population: 17,565 Population 2010: 15,607
Growth Rate: 12.55%
Absolute Growth: 1,958
More on Culpeper: Homes For Sale | Data
Culpeper (formerly Culpepper Courthouse, earlier Fairfax) is the only incorporated town in Culpeper County, Virginia, United States. The population was 16,379 at the 2010 census, up from 9,664 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Culpeper County.
Population: 14,988 Population 2010: 13,421
Growth Rate: 11.68%
Absolute Growth: 1,567
More on Williamsburg: Homes For Sale | Data
Williamsburg is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,068. In 2014, the population was estimated to be 14,691.
Population: 51,979 Population 2010: 47,406
Growth Rate: 9.65%
Absolute Growth: 4,573
More on Harrisonburg: Homes For Sale | Data
Harrisonburg is an independent city in the Shenandoah Valley region of the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 48,914, with a census-estimated 2016 population of 53,078. Harrisonburg is the county seat of the surrounding Rockingham County, although the two are separate jurisdictions. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Harrisonburg with Rockingham County for statistical purposes into the Harrisonburg, Virginia Metropolitan Statistical Area, which has a 2011 estimated population of 126,562.
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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