Elizabeth Hardy

Elizabeth Hardy, a demographer for the Arlington County government, explains plans for local participation in the 2020 federal census at the Feb. 26, 2019, meeting of the Arlington County Board.

Arlington’s estimated population was up 14.4 percent from 2010 to 2018, more than double the increase statewide and nationally, according to new figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The federal government’s recently released guesstimate of Arlington’s population as of July 1, 2018, stood at 237,521, up about 1 percent from a year before.

In the eight-year period since the 2010 census, Arlington’s population growth compares to a 6.5-percent increase statewide (to about 8.5 million) and 6 percent nationally (to about 327.2 million).

While Arlington’s eight-year growth rate was significantly ahead of those numbers, it was less than half the growth in Loudoun County, whose population grew more than 30 percent to over 400,000 during the period.

Fairfax County remained the commonwealth’s largest jurisdiction: Its estimated population of 1,150,795 in July 2018 was up 0.3 percent from a year before and up 6.4 percent from the 2010 census figures.

On the other side of the coin, the city of Emporia, located near Interstate 95 not far from the North Carolina border, recorded the greatest population loss (down 13.5 percent) since 2010, based on Census Bureau figures.

Across the Washington metropolitan area – which includes the District of Columbia and adjacent areas of Virginia and Maryland – the July 2018 population of about 6.25 million was up 0.8 percent from a year before and up 10.9 percent from 2010.

The D.C. area currently ranks as the seventh largest metropolitan region in the nation, between Houston and Miami.

Arlington officials on April 1 kicked off a yearlong effort to promote the 2020 federal census and ensure that all county residents are counted next April, since a good deal of federal funding to state and local governments is based on population.

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Are we supposed to be happy about the social, economic, and environmental costs and consequences resulting from "Smart Growth" development-for-the-sake-of-development? How more people and vehicles can be crammed into 10 square miles of the County while "Smart Growth" Developers laugh all the way to the branch bank a mile from their upscale suburban enclaves outside Arlington?

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