- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Virginia is amid its slowest growth rate in decades.

The state’s population has increased by less than 1 percent annually since 2010. The trend was contained in the yearly population estimates from the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.

Virginia had an estimated 8.3 million residents as of July 1, 2014. It ranks as the nation’s 12th-largest state and 10th in numerical gain between 2013 and 2014.

Northern Virginia continues to account for nearly three-fifths of the state’s population gain, with eight of the 10 fastest-growing localities located there. The city of Charlottesville and New Kent County are the only exceptions.

The slowing pace of population growth is most evident among counties adjacent to or beyond the state’s metropolitan areas.

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Weldon Cooper Center: https://www.coopercenter.org/demographics

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