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Population of Counties in Virginia (2024)

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2024 Population
Growth Since 2020
Area (mi²)
Density (/mi²)
Fairfax County1,144,447-0.36%1512,927Fairfax County location
Prince William County492,2681.95%1291,469Prince William County location
Virginia Beach city452,229-1.62%951,846Virginia Beach city location
Loudoun County439,9024.07%199853Loudoun County location
Chesterfield County389,4626.61%164919Chesterfield County location
Henrico County334,9670.02%901,431Henrico County location
Chesapeake city255,3132.21%130755Chesapeake city location
Arlington County234,646-1.75%109,025Arlington County location
Richmond city230,1271.41%233,835Richmond city location
Norfolk city229,302-3.57%204,326Norfolk city location
Newport News city182,256-2.04%272,641Newport News city location
Stafford County167,6876.29%104623Stafford County location
Alexandria city155,415-2.34%610,361Alexandria city location
Spotsylvania County152,3488.35%155379Spotsylvania County location
Hampton city136,338-0.69%202,673Hampton city location
Albemarle County116,5073.55%278162Albemarle County location
Hanover County115,4364.75%181247Hanover County location
Suffolk city102,8928.59%154258Suffolk city location
Montgomery County98,506-1.07%149255Montgomery County location
Roanoke County97,2960.38%97388Roanoke County location
Frederick County97,1805.78%159235Frederick County location
Roanoke city96,685-3.21%172,248Roanoke city location
Portsmouth city96,632-1.35%132,928Portsmouth city location
Rockingham County87,7224.71%328103Rockingham County location
James City County83,8256.8%55590James City County location
Bedford County82,3093.46%293108Bedford County location
Lynchburg city79,8421.09%191,629Lynchburg city location
Augusta County78,5551.26%37381Augusta County location
Fauquier County75,6533.63%250117Fauquier County location
York County70,7400.72%41674York County location
Pittsylvania County59,318-1.74%37461Pittsylvania County location
Franklin County56,0192.82%26781Franklin County location
Culpeper County55,6565.47%146147Culpeper County location
Campbell County55,475-0.29%194110Campbell County location
Washington County54,2450.65%21797Washington County location
Harrisonburg city51,014-1.34%73,001Harrisonburg city location
Henry County49,609-2.44%147130Henry County location
Shenandoah County45,5202.84%19690Shenandoah County location
Charlottesville city44,694-3.82%44,469Charlottesville city location
Prince George County42,721-0.82%102161Prince George County location
Manassas city42,7190.06%44,272Manassas city location
Warren County42,2823.65%83197Warren County location
Louisa County42,04411.24%19185Louisa County location
Danville city41,657-2.17%17969Danville city location
Isle of Wight County41,2876.67%122131Isle of Wight County location
Gloucester County40,5644.76%84186Gloucester County location
Orange County39,0937.41%132115Orange County location
Tazewell County38,677-4.28%20075Tazewell County location
Wise County35,021-2.89%15687Wise County location
Botetourt County34,1501.51%20963Botetourt County location
Pulaski County33,627-0.53%124105Pulaski County location
Caroline County33,3407.82%20363Caroline County location
Accomack County33,255-0.41%17374Accomack County location
Halifax County33,244-2.01%31641Halifax County location
Petersburg city33,156-0.72%91,442Petersburg city location
Powhatan County32,6257.14%100125Powhatan County location
Amherst County31,3200.03%18366Amherst County location
Mecklenburg County30,7691.6%24149Mecklenburg County location
Carroll County29,3600.73%18362Carroll County location
King George County29,2188.92%69162King George County location
Fredericksburg city29,2084.35%42,921Fredericksburg city location
Smyth County29,024-2.56%17464Smyth County location
Fluvanna County28,8075.54%111100Fluvanna County location
Dinwiddie County28,5872.5%19557Dinwiddie County location
Goochland County28,23213.59%109100Goochland County location
Wythe County28,093-0.82%17861Wythe County location
Winchester city27,373-2.28%33,041Winchester city location
New Kent County27,31618.13%81130New Kent County location
Staunton city25,8900.3%81,295Staunton city location
Fairfax city25,5365.62%24,256Fairfax city location
Russell County25,517-0.93%18354Russell County location
Salem city25,5000.38%61,700Salem city location
Page County23,7050.06%12076Page County location
Waynesboro city23,5655.77%61,571Waynesboro city location
Hopewell city22,714-1.28%42,271Hopewell city location
Prince Edward County22,1991.34%13563Prince Edward County location
Rockbridge County22,148-2.22%23037Rockbridge County location
Lee County21,643-2.1%16850Lee County location
Greene County21,5874.76%60138Greene County location
Scott County21,386-0.94%20740Scott County location
King William County19,5319%10671King William County location
Westmoreland County19,2614.05%8884Westmoreland County location
Buchanan County18,791-7.18%19437Buchanan County location
Colonial Heights city18,5081.75%32,314Colonial Heights city location
Southampton County18,0510.55%23130Southampton County location
Patrick County17,417-0.99%18636Patrick County location
Radford city17,2236.85%41,722Radford city location
Appomattox County17,0255.39%12951Appomattox County location
Buckingham County16,9680.83%22429Buckingham County location
Bristol city16,674-3.61%51,283Bristol city location
Giles County16,482-1.81%13846Giles County location
Manassas Park city16,029-6.6%15,343Manassas Park city location
Williamsburg city16,0093.48%31,779Williamsburg city location
Floyd County15,7351.71%14741Floyd County location
Brunswick County15,667-0.98%21828Brunswick County location
Clarke County15,6015.31%6889Clarke County location
Nottoway County15,577-0.45%12150Nottoway County location
Grayson County15,245-0.24%17134Grayson County location
Falls Church city14,8811.36%17,441Falls Church city location
Nelson County14,663-0.52%18231Nelson County location
Alleghany County14,475-4.64%17332Alleghany County location
Madison County14,2482.79%12444Madison County location
Martinsville city13,8292.63%41,257Martinsville city location
Amelia County13,5922.45%13738Amelia County location
Dickenson County13,547-3.74%12741Dickenson County location
Poquoson city12,6461.39%6843Poquoson city location
Northumberland County12,5045.6%7465Northumberland County location
Lunenburg County12,0741.06%16728Lunenburg County location
Northampton County12,064-1.22%8257Northampton County location
Charlotte County11,272-2.34%18324Charlotte County location
Greensville County11,062-2.85%11437Greensville County location
Lancaster County10,9120.08%5182Lancaster County location
Middlesex County10,8962.66%5084Middlesex County location
Sussex County10,8740.81%18922Sussex County location
Essex County10,566-0.3%9941Essex County location
Cumberland County10,0053.51%11534Cumberland County location
Richmond County9,2423.62%7448Richmond County location
Mathews County8,5780.7%33100Mathews County location
Franklin city8,4043.17%31,051Franklin city location
Lexington city7,5503.09%13,775Lexington city location
Rappahannock County7,3750.75%10328Rappahannock County location
Galax city6,7320.25%3842Galax city location
King and Queen County6,7262.09%12221King and Queen County location
Surry County6,6591.65%10824Surry County location
Charles City County6,652-1.39%7136Charles City County location
Buena Vista city6,563-0.89%21,094Buena Vista city location
Bland County6,220-0.58%13817Bland County location
Covington city5,457-5.01%21,091Covington city location
Emporia city5,393-5.5%3770Emporia city location
Craig County4,828-0.96%12715Craig County location
Bath County4,041-3.44%2048Bath County location
Norton city3,395-7.77%3485Norton city location
Highland County2,3826.34%1606Highland County location
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There are 133 counties in Virginia. In 2019, Virginia's most populous county is Fairfax County with a population of 1,148,433, which represents a 5.68% population growth since the last census. The county is the most populous jurisdiction in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria metropolitan area. The next-largest counties in Virginia include Prince William County (463,023), Virginia Beach City (450,435), and Loudoun County (398,080). Of these counties, Loudoun County has experienced the highest population growth of 26.13%.

Virginia Counties with Fewest People

The least populous county in Virginia is Highland County with 2,212 people. Other small counties with less than 6,000 people include Norton City (3,936), Bath County (4,297), Craig County (5,062), Emporia City (5,282), and Covington City (5,531). All of these counties have experienced a population decline since the 2010 census. The county with the most significant loss of residents is Emporia City, which has lost 10.78% of its population.

Virginia Counties with Rapid Growth

Loudoun County is Virginia's most rapidly growing county with a population that has boomed 26.13% since the last census. Other counties with a population growth of at least 15% include Falls Church City (17.21%), New Kent County (16.92%), and Fredericksburg City (16.41%).

Lists of Counties in all States

  1. Virginia State Data Center
  2. US Census State Population Estimates - Most recent state estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
  3. US Census County Population Estimates - Most recent county estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
  4. American Community Survey (2009 - 2013)
  5. Census QuickFacts
  6. Historical Populations of States and Counties (1790 - 1990)