These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Virginia


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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:

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

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

If you’re not–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.

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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 over the last five years, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2014
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2014 (The latest available data)

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 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

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1. Purcellville

Purcellville, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,350
Population 2010: 7,102
Growth Rate: 17.57%
Absolute Growth: 1,248

2. Falls Church

Falls Church, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,074
Population 2010: 11,465
Growth Rate: 14.03%
Absolute Growth: 1,609

3. Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,632
Population 2010: 23,375
Growth Rate: 13.93%
Absolute Growth: 3,257

4. Manassas Park

Manassas Park, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,992
Population 2010: 13,195
Growth Rate: 13.62%
Absolute Growth: 1,797

5. Leesburg

Leesburg, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 46,211
Population 2010: 40,713
Growth Rate: 13.5%
Absolute Growth: 5,498

6. Manassas

Manassas, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,436
Population 2010: 36,067
Growth Rate: 12.11%
Absolute Growth: 4,369

7. Alexandria

Alexandria, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 146,422
Population 2010: 133,647
Growth Rate: 9.56%
Absolute Growth: 12,775

8. Culpeper

Culpeper, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,968
Population 2010: 15,607
Growth Rate: 8.72%
Absolute Growth: 1,361

9. Williamsburg

Williamsburg, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,401
Population 2010: 13,421
Growth Rate: 7.3%
Absolute Growth: 980

10. Harrisonburg

Harrisonburg, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 50,821
Population 2010: 47,406
Growth Rate: 7.2%
Absolute Growth: 3,415

Adding It Up

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Virginia are led by Purcellville which has been growing a blistering pace these past five years relative to other places around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same pace over the next five years. We’ll be here to let you know!
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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Virginia

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Purcellville 1 8,350 7,102 1,248 17.6%
Falls Church 2 13,074 11,465 1,609 14.0%
Fredericksburg 3 26,632 23,375 3,257 13.9%
Manassas Park 4 14,992 13,195 1,797 13.6%
Leesburg 5 46,211 40,713 5,498 13.5%
Manassas 6 40,436 36,067 4,369 12.1%
Alexandria 7 146,422 133,647 12,775 9.6%
Culpeper 8 16,968 15,607 1,361 8.7%
Williamsburg 9 14,401 13,421 980 7.3%
Harrisonburg 10 50,821 47,406 3,415 7.2%
Strasburg 11 6,486 6,081 405 6.7%
Fairfax 12 23,507 22,058 1,449 6.6%
Herndon 13 24,141 22,726 1,415 6.2%
Warrenton 14 9,774 9,245 529 5.7%
Christiansburg 15 21,427 20,288 1,139 5.6%
Charlottesville 16 44,505 42,267 2,238 5.3%
Lynchburg 17 77,626 73,726 3,900 5.3%
Vienna 18 16,173 15,387 786 5.1%
Richmond 19 211,063 201,828 9,235 4.6%
Winchester 20 27,031 25,953 1,078 4.2%
Bridgewater 21 5,812 5,581 231 4.1%
Radford 22 16,993 16,318 675 4.1%
Chesapeake 23 228,168 219,268 8,900 4.1%
Smithfield 24 8,159 7,869 290 3.7%
Suffolk 25 85,477 82,544 2,933 3.6%
Dumfries 26 5,122 4,947 175 3.5%
Woodstock 27 5,164 4,994 170 3.4%
Blacksburg 28 43,204 42,149 1,055 2.5%
Big Stone Gap 29 5,559 5,435 124 2.3%
Roanoke 30 97,949 95,793 2,156 2.3%
Virginia Beach 31 445,623 435,996 9,627 2.2%
Salem 32 25,120 24,641 479 1.9%
Lexington 33 7,114 6,990 124 1.8%
Waynesboro 34 21,177 20,885 292 1.4%
Front Royal 35 14,709 14,508 201 1.4%
Staunton 36 24,132 23,806 326 1.4%
Norfolk 37 244,745 242,143 2,602 1.1%
Vinton 38 8,129 8,074 55 0.7%
Galax 39 6,981 6,936 45 0.6%
Abingdon 40 8,176 8,128 48 0.6%
Ashland 41 7,264 7,225 39 0.5%
Buena Vista 42 6,683 6,653 30 0.5%
Petersburg 43 32,439 32,303 136 0.4%
Colonial Heights 44 17,542 17,472 70 0.4%
Wytheville 45 8,193 8,163 30 0.4%
Poquoson 46 12,103 12,099 4 0.0%
Franklin 47 8,534 8,549 -15 -0.2%
Newport News 48 181,362 181,822 -460 -0.3%
Hopewell 49 22,375 22,506 -131 -0.6%
Bristol 50 17,595 17,704 -109 -0.6%
Farmville 51 8,350 8,417 -67 -0.8%
Portsmouth 52 96,007 96,785 -778 -0.8%
Bluefield 53 5,375 5,425 -50 -0.9%
Hampton 54 136,904 139,046 -2,142 -1.5%
South Boston 55 8,069 8,202 -133 -1.6%
Marion 56 5,931 6,032 -101 -1.7%
Martinsville 57 13,745 14,029 -284 -2.0%
Pulaski 58 8,993 9,180 -187 -2.0%
Covington 59 5,853 5,989 -136 -2.3%
Emporia 60 5,682 5,822 -140 -2.4%
Danville 61 42,704 43,787 -1,083 -2.5%
Richlands 62 5,698 5,927 -229 -3.9%

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