Population of Counties in Virginia (2021)

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%).

Name 2021 Population Growth Since 2010 Density (mi²)
Fairfax County1,145,6705.48%2,548.71
Prince William County478,53517.82%1,064.57
Virginia Beach City County450,2242.59%1,001.59
Loudoun County429,57036.16%955.64
Chesterfield County361,84414.08%804.98
Henrico County334,4688.86%744.07
Chesapeake City249,78711.73%555.69
Norfolk City241,056-0.80%536.27
Arlington County238,47613.94%530.53
Richmond City232,86613.98%518.05
Newport News City180,629-0.14%401.84
Alexandria City160,14613.80%356.27
Stafford County158,99822.46%353.71
Spotsylvania County140,62314.35%312.84
Hampton city134,870-1.85%300.04
Albemarle County111,23612.13%247.46
Hanover County109,5269.63%243.66
Roanoke city99,4112.78%221.15
Montgomery County98,5414.21%219.22
Roanoke County94,3862.15%209.98
Suffolk city94,37411.27%209.95
Portsmouth city93,694-1.84%208.44
Frederick County91,59316.60%203.76
Lynchburg city83,88611.04%186.62
Rockingham County83,3229.05%185.36
Bedford County79,2275.59%176.25
James City County77,50314.55%172.42
Augusta County75,6042.75%168.19
Fauquier County72,38210.61%161.02
York County68,8885.62%153.25
Pittsylvania County59,260-6.80%131.83
Franklin County55,744-0.77%124.01
Campbell County54,381-0.95%120.98
Culpeper County54,22515.77%120.63
Washington County53,086-3.42%118.10
Harrisonburg city52,0726.28%115.84
Henry County49,571-8.43%110.28
Charlottesville city46,7867.65%104.08
Shenandoah County43,9024.40%97.67
Manassas city41,1637.72%91.57
Warren County40,4807.89%90.05
Tazewell County39,669-12.08%88.25
Louisa County39,20517.70%87.22
Prince George County39,0739.63%86.92
Danville city38,834-9.53%86.39
Orange County37,95713.04%84.44
Isle of Wight County37,3835.85%83.16
Gloucester County37,3621.14%83.12
Wise County36,399-12.44%80.98
Pulaski County33,961-2.49%75.55
Botetourt County33,5531.07%74.64
Halifax County33,371-7.83%74.24
Petersburg city31,926-1.77%71.02
Accomack County31,786-4.11%70.71
Amherst County31,447-2.90%69.96
Caroline County30,6737.12%68.24
Powhatan County30,5368.57%67.93
Mecklenburg County30,513-6.71%67.88
Carroll County29,891-0.60%66.50
Smyth County29,404-8.68%65.41
Fredericksburg City28,76618.12%63.99
Wythe County28,656-2.04%63.75
Dinwiddie County28,3661.08%63.10
Winchester city28,3108.26%62.98
Fluvanna County28,0148.62%62.32
King George County27,28415.14%60.70
Russell County26,168-9.38%58.21
Staunton city25,6728.15%57.11
Salem city25,3171.70%56.32
Goochland County24,82114.15%55.22
New Kent County24,63932.87%54.81
Fairfax City County24,6078.81%54.74
Page County23,762-1.26%52.86
Lee County22,957-10.34%51.07
Waynesboro city22,8288.74%50.78
Hopewell city22,631-0.05%50.35
Prince Edward County22,594-3.27%50.26
Rockbridge County22,197-0.67%49.38
Scott County21,354-7.67%47.51
Buchanan County20,274-15.82%45.10
Greene County20,0738.76%44.66
Radford city18,54512.87%41.26
Westmoreland County18,4115.27%40.96
King William County17,60610.04%39.17
Patrick County17,498-5.26%38.93
Southampton County17,467-6.29%38.86
Buckingham County17,3581.56%38.62
Colonial Heights city17,102-1.37%38.05
Manassas Park city16,99817.64%37.81
Bristol city16,916-4.78%37.63
Giles County16,562-4.35%36.84
Brunswick County16,021-7.94%35.64
Appomattox County15,9715.78%35.53
Floyd County15,6671.97%34.85
Grayson County15,380-0.75%34.22
Nelson County15,0660.59%33.52
Falls Church City County14,91720.31%33.19
Nottoway County14,896-5.96%33.14
Williamsburg city14,8588.24%33.05
Clarke County14,8355.87%33.00
Alleghany County14,608-9.84%32.50
Dickenson County13,902-12.27%30.93
Amelia County13,3214.51%29.63
Madison County13,287-0.10%29.56
Poquoson city12,4752.69%27.75
Martinsville city12,408-9.83%27.60
Lunenburg County12,158-5.82%27.05
Northumberland County11,949-3.29%26.58
Charlotte County11,752-6.49%26.14
Northampton County11,608-6.45%25.82
Greensville County11,144-8.91%24.79
Essex County11,067-0.71%24.62
Sussex County10,995-8.46%24.46
Lancaster County10,417-8.32%23.17
Middlesex County10,280-6.38%22.87
Cumberland County10,0820.54%22.43
Richmond County9,129-1.63%20.31
Mathews County8,918-0.62%19.84
Lexington city7,7449.95%17.23
Franklin city7,723-9.98%17.18
Rappahannock County7,420-1.07%16.51
King and Queen County6,9850.13%15.54
Charles City County6,889-5.10%15.33
Buena Vista city6,446-2.50%14.34
Galax city6,345-9.24%14.12
Surry County6,340-9.99%14.10
Bland County6,234-8.31%13.87
Covington city5,458-8.11%12.14
Emporia city5,312-10.29%11.82
Craig County5,189-0.17%11.54
Norton city3,999-0.32%8.90
Bath County3,935-16.65%8.75
Highland County2,154-6.23%4.79