Slight population increases seen locally

by Elsa Verbyla - Posted on Feb 06, 2019 - 02:46 PM

Slight increases were found in the number of people living in both Gloucester and Mathews counties between 2017 and 2018, according to the latest population estimates released last week by the University of Virginia.

According to the estimates, Gloucester County grew from 37,169 to 37,194 people between July 1, 2017 and the same date in 2018. This was an increase of 0.9 percent, and continued the upward growth seen since the 2010 census which found 36,858 inhabitants.

Mathews County’s estimated growth reverses a declining trend. The 2018 estimate is 8,704 people; the 2017 number was 8,651, and the 2010 census count was 8,978.

The Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, a division of UVa, is responsible for the yearly population estimates, which it said are used “throughout the commonwealth for decision-making and fund allocation.”

The center, using statistical analyses of housing stock, school enrollment between grades 1-8, the surplus (or deficit) of births over deaths, and a count of licensed drivers, formulates annual population estimates for each county and city in Virginia, along with metropolitan areas and planning districts.

Among neighboring counties, York has had the largest population increase since 2010: more than 3,500 people, climbing to 68,725 inhabitants.

Middlesex has marked a small decrease, with its 10,889 estimated population last year down 70 people from the 2010 mark.

King and Queen County has also dropped in population, the estimates found, but hardly enough to count: five people in eight years.

The Middle Peninsula Planning District, which includes Gloucester, Mathews, Middlesex, King and Queen, King William and Essex counties, grew from 90,826 people to 91,423, the estimates show.

Virginia as a whole continues to grow, and now has more than 8.5 million residents, compared to 8 million at the last census.

The estimates are just that, and the next full count, on April 1, 2020, will take precedence over any prior figures.

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