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Census: Richmond adds 12,810 residents from 2012 to 2013
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Census: Richmond adds 12,810 residents from 2012 to 2013

City’s population growth still outpacing neighbors; migration is leading factor

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The Richmond region added 12,810 residents between July 2012 and July 2013, according to new figures from the U.S. Census Bureau that show above-average growth for the region and the city of Richmond still growing faster than its neighboring counties.

The region grew to an estimated population 1,245,764, an increase of 1 percent, compared to a national average of 0.7 percent. Richmond remains the 44th largest metro area in the nation.

The Washington metropolitan area, which includes rapidly growing areas in Northern Virginia, grew at a rate of 1.5 percent, but Richmond’s growth topped the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News area, which grew 0.5 percent. The Roanoke region’s population also increased 0.5 percent.

The city of Richmond’s population grew 1.5 percent to 214,114 people. Chesterfield County grew 1.2 percent to 327,745, Henrico County grew 1.1 percent to 318,611 and Hanover County grew 0.7 percent to 101,330.

Virginia’s fastest-growing locality was Loudoun County, which grew 3.7 percent to 349,679 people.

The state saw growth of 0.9 percent, an increase of 73,777 people.

The Richmond region’s growth came mostly through net migration, with 7,639 people migrating to the area and a natural increase of 5,011 through births outpacing deaths. The net population change includes some growth that cannot be attributed to any specific demographic.

New Kent County 2 19,507
Louisa County 1.5 33,945
Goochland County 1.3 21,626
Petersburg 1.2 32,538
Caroline County 1.1 29,298
Colonial Heights 0.8 17,634
King William County 0.8 16,097
King and Queen County 0.8 7,130
Prince George County 0.7 37,253
Powhatan County 0.4 28,259
Cumberland County 0.1 9,841
Amelia County 0 12,745
Dinwiddie County -0.5 27,904
Charles City County -0.6 7,130
Hopewell -0.9 22,163
Sussex County -1.1 11,810

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