The Town of Leesburg reached a milestone last year, topping 50,000 in population.
The number affirms the town’s standing as the most populous town in the commonwealth, and also means it is larger than 26 of the state’s 38 independent cities and 71 of its 95 counties.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual population estimates for cities and towns, released last week, the town’s population was 51,209 in July 2015. The town has grown 20.2 percent, or 4 percent annually, since the 2010 Census. That growth rate places Leesburg just behind its western neighbor Hamilton, which has grown 20.4 percent over the same time. The other five Loudoun County towns have seen similar rates of growth, with Loudoun County as a whole ranking number one in the state among counties.
“Seeing our population increase more than 20 percent in five years has placed considerable demand on the Town government’s ability to maintain our levels of service,” Town Manager Kaj Dentler stated in a press release. “The significant increase has required our staff to be flexible and creative in order to deliver the services our residents and businesses expect.”
Mayor David Butler celebrated the announcement.
“Leesburg’s continued growth underscores how successful Northern Virginia has been in job creation, and how desirable Leesburg is as a community to live, enjoy life, and raise a family. As mayor, I’m proud that survey after survey shows that Leesburg is one of the best places to live in the country,” Butler said.