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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%3912,927Fairfax County location
Prince William County492,2681.95%3351,469Prince William County location
Virginia Beach city452,229-1.62%2451,846Virginia Beach city location
Loudoun County439,9024.07%516853Loudoun County location
Chesterfield County389,4626.61%424919Chesterfield County location
Henrico County334,9670.02%2341,431Henrico County location
Chesapeake city255,3132.21%338755Chesapeake city location
Arlington County234,646-1.75%269,025Arlington County location
Richmond city230,1271.41%603,835Richmond city location
Norfolk city229,302-3.57%534,326Norfolk city location
Newport News city182,256-2.04%692,641Newport News city location
Stafford County167,6876.29%269623Stafford County location
Alexandria city155,415-2.34%1510,361Alexandria city location
Spotsylvania County152,3488.35%402379Spotsylvania County location
Hampton city136,338-0.69%512,673Hampton city location
Albemarle County116,5073.55%720162Albemarle County location
Hanover County115,4364.75%468247Hanover County location
Suffolk city102,8928.59%399258Suffolk city location
Montgomery County98,506-1.07%387255Montgomery County location
Roanoke County97,2960.38%251388Roanoke County location
Frederick County97,1805.78%413235Frederick County location
Roanoke city96,685-3.21%432,248Roanoke city location
Portsmouth city96,632-1.35%332,928Portsmouth city location
Rockingham County87,7224.71%850103Rockingham County location
James City County83,8256.8%142590James City County location
Bedford County82,3093.46%760108Bedford County location
Lynchburg city79,8421.09%491,629Lynchburg city location
Augusta County78,5551.26%96781Augusta County location
Fauquier County75,6533.63%648117Fauquier County location
York County70,7400.72%105674York County location
Pittsylvania County59,318-1.74%96961Pittsylvania County location
Franklin County56,0192.82%69181Franklin County location
Culpeper County55,6565.47%379147Culpeper County location
Campbell County55,475-0.29%503110Campbell County location
Washington County54,2450.65%56197Washington County location
Harrisonburg city51,014-1.34%173,001Harrisonburg city location
Henry County49,609-2.44%382130Henry County location
Shenandoah County45,5202.84%50890Shenandoah County location
Charlottesville city44,694-3.82%104,469Charlottesville city location
Prince George County42,721-0.82%265161Prince George County location
Manassas city42,7190.06%104,272Manassas city location
Warren County42,2823.65%215197Warren County location
Louisa County42,04411.24%49585Louisa County location
Danville city41,657-2.17%43969Danville city location
Isle of Wight County41,2876.67%316131Isle of Wight County location
Gloucester County40,5644.76%218186Gloucester County location
Orange County39,0937.41%341115Orange County location
Tazewell County38,677-4.28%51975Tazewell County location
Wise County35,021-2.89%40387Wise County location
Botetourt County34,1501.51%54163Botetourt County location
Pulaski County33,627-0.53%320105Pulaski County location
Caroline County33,3407.82%52763Caroline County location
Accomack County33,255-0.41%44974Accomack County location
Halifax County33,244-2.01%81841Halifax County location
Petersburg city33,156-0.72%231,442Petersburg city location
Powhatan County32,6257.14%260125Powhatan County location
Amherst County31,3200.03%47466Amherst County location
Mecklenburg County30,7691.6%62549Mecklenburg County location
Carroll County29,3600.73%47562Carroll County location
King George County29,2188.92%180162King George County location
Fredericksburg city29,2084.35%102,921Fredericksburg city location
Smyth County29,024-2.56%45164Smyth County location
Fluvanna County28,8075.54%287100Fluvanna County location
Dinwiddie County28,5872.5%50457Dinwiddie County location
Goochland County28,23213.59%282100Goochland County location
Wythe County28,093-0.82%46261Wythe County location
Winchester city27,373-2.28%93,041Winchester city location
New Kent County27,31618.13%210130New Kent County location
Staunton city25,8900.3%201,295Staunton city location
Fairfax city25,5365.62%64,256Fairfax city location
Russell County25,517-0.93%47454Russell County location
Salem city25,5000.38%151,700Salem city location
Page County23,7050.06%31076Page County location
Waynesboro city23,5655.77%151,571Waynesboro city location
Hopewell city22,714-1.28%102,271Hopewell city location
Prince Edward County22,1991.34%35063Prince Edward County location
Rockbridge County22,148-2.22%59737Rockbridge County location
Lee County21,643-2.1%43550Lee County location
Greene County21,5874.76%156138Greene County location
Scott County21,386-0.94%53640Scott County location
King William County19,5319%27471King William County location
Westmoreland County19,2614.05%22984Westmoreland County location
Buchanan County18,791-7.18%50337Buchanan County location
Colonial Heights city18,5081.75%82,314Colonial Heights city location
Southampton County18,0510.55%59930Southampton County location
Patrick County17,417-0.99%48336Patrick County location
Radford city17,2236.85%101,722Radford city location
Appomattox County17,0255.39%33451Appomattox County location
Buckingham County16,9680.83%58029Buckingham County location
Bristol city16,674-3.61%131,283Bristol city location
Giles County16,482-1.81%35746Giles County location
Manassas Park city16,029-6.6%35,343Manassas Park city location
Williamsburg city16,0093.48%91,779Williamsburg city location
Floyd County15,7351.71%38141Floyd County location
Brunswick County15,667-0.98%56628Brunswick County location
Clarke County15,6015.31%17689Clarke County location
Nottoway County15,577-0.45%31450Nottoway County location
Grayson County15,245-0.24%44234Grayson County location
Falls Church city14,8811.36%27,441Falls Church city location
Nelson County14,663-0.52%47131Nelson County location
Alleghany County14,475-4.64%44732Alleghany County location
Madison County14,2482.79%32144Madison County location
Martinsville city13,8292.63%111,257Martinsville city location
Amelia County13,5922.45%35538Amelia County location
Dickenson County13,547-3.74%33041Dickenson County location
Poquoson city12,6461.39%15843Poquoson city location
Northumberland County12,5045.6%19165Northumberland County location
Lunenburg County12,0741.06%43228Lunenburg County location
Northampton County12,064-1.22%21257Northampton County location
Charlotte County11,272-2.34%47524Charlotte County location
Greensville County11,062-2.85%29537Greensville County location
Lancaster County10,9120.08%13382Lancaster County location
Middlesex County10,8962.66%13084Middlesex County location
Sussex County10,8740.81%49022Sussex County location
Essex County10,566-0.3%25741Essex County location
Cumberland County10,0053.51%29734Cumberland County location
Richmond County9,2423.62%19148Richmond County location
Mathews County8,5780.7%86100Mathews County location
Franklin city8,4043.17%81,051Franklin city location
Lexington city7,5503.09%23,775Lexington city location
Rappahannock County7,3750.75%26628Rappahannock County location
Galax city6,7320.25%8842Galax city location
King and Queen County6,7262.09%31521King and Queen County location
Surry County6,6591.65%27924Surry County location
Charles City County6,652-1.39%18336Charles City County location
Buena Vista city6,563-0.89%61,094Buena Vista city location
Bland County6,220-0.58%35817Bland County location
Covington city5,457-5.01%51,091Covington city location
Emporia city5,393-5.5%7770Emporia city location
Craig County4,828-0.96%32815Craig County location
Bath County4,041-3.44%5298Bath County location
Norton city3,395-7.77%7485Norton city location
Highland County2,3826.34%4156Highland 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%).

Population of Counties in Virginia (2024)

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)