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4 Where Are We Growir~g? <br /> <br />The area's population is projected to continue to grow rapidly, it has been estimated that another <br />124,588 people will be added during this decade, bringing, the total population to more than 1.21 <br />million by 2010.3 If the growth rate of the past decade were to continue, there would be over 1.5 <br />million residents by 2030, almost double the population in 1990. <br /> <br />Population trends have varied widely among localities, and the distribution of population also is. <br />changing as the metropolitan area spreads farther out. Some localities have experienced tremendous <br />population growth, while others have seer~ their nnmbers decline. <br /> <br />Population Growth in Richmond 1990-2000 <br /> <br /> Hanover <br /> GoocNand <br /> <br />Pawhatan <br /> <br />The localities that have added the most residents are the suburban counties of Chesterfield, Henrico, <br />and Hanover. These counties were among the ten most rapidly growing localities in Virginia between <br /> 1990 and 2000, and they accounted for almost all of the population <br /> growth in the region. This pattern has been true for sonde time. <br /> Chesterfield County, for example, has seen its population more <br /> than triple since 1970, and Hanover County's population has more <br /> than doubled since then. <br /> <br />Henrico <br /> <br /> New Kent <br /> <br /> Chesterfield <br /> <br /> ~ Charles City <br />Dinwiddie <br /> Hopewell <br /> <br /> Heights <br /> Prince George <br /> Petersbun <br /> <br /> E~ 20% growth or greater~ up to 9,9% growth <br /> E~ lO% to 19.9% growth ~ loss <br /> <br /> Source: u.s. census Bureau <br /> <br />In percentage terms, Powhatan, Hanover, and New Kent have <br />seen their population rise the fastest, as the next ring of counties <br />farther away from center cities begin to see greater growth. <br /> <br />In contrast, the population of the City of Richmond declined by <br />2.6% between 1990 and 2000, a drop of over 5,000 residents. The <br />City of Hopewell lost 3.2% of its population while the City of <br />Petersburg suffered the second highest percentage population <br />decrease of any Virginia locality during the past ten years, losing <br />over 12% of its population. The City of Colonial Heights is the only <br />city in the region whose population increased during the past <br />decade, growing by 5.2% between 1990 and 2000. <br /> <br />50 <br /> <br />40 <br /> <br />30 <br /> <br />20 <br /> <br />10 <br /> <br /> °t <br />-~0 <br /> <br />-20 <br /> <br />Localities with Greatest Population Gain <br /> Percentage (1990-2000) <br /> <br />~o ~ o <br /> <br />60000 <br />50000 <br />40000 <br />30000 <br />20000 <br />10000 <br />0 <br />-10000 <br /> <br />Seurce: u s Census Bureau <br /> <br />· Localities with Greatest Population Gain <br /> Amount (1990-2000) <br /> <br /> <br />