Census: Loudoun Growing by 31 Residents Per Day

Loudoun County has been bumped from the top echelon of the national list of fastest growing counties, but that doesn’t mean people have stopped moving here.

According to U.S. Census figures released today, Loudoun’s estimated population growth rate between 2015 and 2016 was 3.03 percent. The county added 11,386 new residents, about 950 each month.

While the population increase is a bit smaller— and the growth rate is a bit slower—than previous years, Loudoun maintained its rank as Virginia’s fastest-growing county. (Technically, New Kent County recorded a higher growth rate, at 3.5 percent, its 723 additional residents ranked only 22nd statewide in net population growth.] Since the 2010 census, Loudoun County has added 73,609 new residents, a 23.6 percent increase, according to the Census figures.

Who is setting the pace of growth nationally these days? In Maricopa County, AZ, the population increased at a rate of 223 per day over the past year, now totaling 4.2 million people. With Phoenix as its county seat, the county is Arizona’s largest and the fourth most populous in the U.S. Other growth hotbeds are Harris County (Houston), TX; Clark County (Las Vegas), NV; King County (Seattle), WA; and Tarrant County (Ft. Worth), TX.

2 thoughts on “Census: Loudoun Growing by 31 Residents Per Day

  • 2017-03-23 at 5:48 pm
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    Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Well it depends. Growth should be managed, in Loudoun’s case it should be slowed down. Why? Well, let’s make sure all the homes that are already approved – As of July 1, 2016, there were approximately 29,300 approved units yet to be permitted. Out of these 29,300 units, the majority are located in the eastern planning subareas of Ashburn (11,500 or
    39%) and Dulles (8,600 or 29%). https://www.loudoun.gov/index.aspx?NID=3249

    If quality of education in the schools, traffic for the commuters have been the priority of the residents, it will not be realistic to think that 31 residents per day is something to celebrate about.

    Loudoun needs to think hard on how to use it’s land so it does not become all paved – with homes and strip malls.

    Loudoun needs to focus on making the urban / metro area development to be as effective and efficient as possible with land use, as well as maintaining it’s unique charm. Focus on conserving land and avoid additional sprawl at any cost. Minimize the threat on water pollution, air pollution, noise pollution and habitat loss. That’s what makes Loudoun different and appealing to people. Those people that will value natural resources, and high quality of life – are the ones Loudoun should work on attracting… Maintain the quality takes smart planning with commitment to conservation and preventing sprawl for the sake of growth and development. Otherwise Loudoun will become another “Anywhere USA” community and what will be lost, is not going to be something you can simply fix later.

  • 2017-03-24 at 12:43 pm
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    It’s a bad thing.

    You can not continue to shove ten pounds of stuff into a five pound sack. Such practices ruin the very substance of why people moved here in the first place. Our schools our bursting. Our roads are falling apart, or are/were completely inadequate from the start. Traffic is at absurd levels in Leesburg, Purcellville, Ashburn, Sterling, Dulles south, and every other place you can name. You can’t even get to a store without crowding.

    Our quality of life isn’t just suffering — it’s being bled out, and Harrison Street couldn’t care less. More housing approved last night to add to the backlog of tens of thousands of already approved development.
    Ain’t we lucky!

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