RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)–According to new population estimates released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau, Richmond’s population is over 210,000 for the first time since 1986.
The city’s population has increased to 210,309, up over 6,000 new residents since the official 2010 count of 204,237 (and up over 12,000 from the July 2000 count of 197,742),
Richmond’s population peaked at 249,621 in 1970 after the city annexed 23 square miles and 47,000 residents from Chesterfield County. This move was later found by the U.S. Supreme Court to be motivated by an effort to reduce the relative political strength of the minority race, and preserve white majority power in Richmond.
Richmond’s population count steadily dropped into the mid-1990s, with a bottom around 195,000, according to Census populations stats. With steady growth since the mid-2000s, the city’s population crossed above 200,000 in 2007.
Despite the recent increases, population remains 17-percent lower than it was 41-years ago.
Chesterfield has experienced the most growth over a 41-year period, with an almost 300-percent growth in population. Hanover’s population increase came in second, with a 155 percent increase over the same period.
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***data was obtained through Census population estimates***
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Disclaimer: Data does not state if college student are included. The decennial census and American Community Survey use two different concepts of residence, which determine where people should be properly counted. Read more (page 12) here.