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CENSUS BUREAU: FAIRFAX POPULATION UP 6.4% SINCE 2010: Fairfax County’s population growth since the 2010 federal census is in line with rates statewide and nationally, and the county retained its significant lead over all other Virginia jurisdictions in the number of residents.

The U.S. Census Bureau’s new estimates for population as of July 2018 peg Fairfax County’s total at 1,150,795. That’s an increase of 0.3 percent from the year before and a growth rate of 6.4 percent from the last census eight years earlier.

Fairfax’s growth rate was smaller than many localities that surround it: Arlington’s population grew 14.4 percent during the eight-year period, Falls Church saw its population grow 20.3 percent and Loudoun County’s population was up a whopping 30 percent, highest in the commonwealth.

Prince William County, the commonwealth’s second largest jurisdiction, saw a population gain of 16.4 percent since 2010 to 468,011.

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

In the eight-year period since the 2010 census, Fairfax’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).

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.

‘SOBERRIDE’ INITIATIVE TO OPERATE DURING CINCO DE MAYO: The Washington Regional Alcohol Program’s “SoberRide” initiative will offer free rides home to would-be impaired drivers for Cinco de Mayo.

Operated in conjunction with Lyft, the effort will run from Sunday, May 5 at 4 p.m. to Monday, May 6 at 4 a.m.

“Over one-quarter – 28 percent – of all U.S. traffic fatalities during Cinco de Mayo 2016 involved drunk drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Worse, nearly one-fourth of U.S. drivers in fatal crashes during the 2016 Cinco de Mayo period had blood-alcohol levels of 0.15 or higher,” said Kurt Gregory Erickson, who heads the non-profit Washington Regional Alcohol Program.

Last year, a record 897 individuals in the Washington area participated in SoberRide during Cinco de Mayo. They are among more than 76,000 local residents who have received free rides home during holiday periods since 1991.

For information, see the Website at www.wrap.org.

NVCC TO HOST SIXTH ANNUAL ‘GREEN FESTIVAL’: Northern Virginia Community College’s sixth annual Green Festival will be held on Thursday, April 25 at the Ernst Community Cultural Center on the college’s Annandale campus.

The 2019 theme for the free event is “Biodiversity and Urbanization.” It will feature several presentations, including a keynote address by Joan Maloof, founder of the Old-Growth Forest Network.

The event also will feature the screening of the film “The Last Stand: Ancient Redwoods and Their Bottom Line,” which looks at the 15-year battle between environmentalists and the timber industry in California.

For information, see the Website at www.nvcc.edu.

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