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Population trends continue: Gloucester up; Mathews down

Population estimates released last month for Virginia localities show that trends of the past decade are continuing: Gloucester County is growing slowly, with a hiccup, while Mathews County is losing people.

The hiccup in Gloucester’s growth came since 2018. The latest figures from the Weldon Cooper Center at the University of Virginia, released last month, show a loss for Gloucester County in the past year. The Cooper Center produces the annual estimates, which are used by governing agencies in apportioning funds and creating budgets. 

The estimates found that Gloucester County has grown by 232 residents, to 37,090, since the 2010 census of 36,858 inhabitants. This is a growth rate of 0.6 percent. Interrupting the decade-long trend, the estimate for Gloucester in 2018 was 37,194, meaning an estimated one-year loss of 96 people.

However, Mathews County has lost 333 people in the nine years between 2010 and 2019, dropping from 8,978 to 8,645 people, the estimates show. The...

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