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Virginia State Profile

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Population

  • With 7,567,465 residents in 2005, Virginia is the 12th most populated state in the U.S.
  • The total population of Virginia grew 6.9 percent from 2000 to 2005 – a growth rate above the U.S. average of 5.3 percent.
  • Virginia is becoming more diverse. The percentage of Whites is declining while the percentages of Hispanics and Asians are growing.

Distribution (%) of Total Population by Race/Ethnicity from 2000 to 2005
Race/Ethnicity 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
White 70.4% 70.0% 69.6% 69.1% 68.7% 68.2%
Hispanic, Latino 4.7% 4.9% 5.2% 5.5% 5.7% 6.0%
African-American 19.6% 19.5% 19.5% 19.5% 19.5% 19.5%
Native American, AK Native 0.3% 0.3% 0.3% 0.3% 0.3% 0.3%
Asian, Pacific Islander 3.8% 4.0% 4.1% 4.3% 4.4% 4.6%
Two or More Races 1.3% 1.3% 1.3% 1.4% 1.4% 1.5%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates

Virginia - Cities and Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)

  • The four largest cities (Metropolitan Areas) in Virginia are Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Richmond, and Roanoke.
  • The Washington D.C. MSA stretches into a large part of northern Virginia. The total population of the metropolitan area in 2005 was 5,214,666 – the 8th largest MSA in the U.S.
  • The population in Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News was 1,647,346 – the 33rd largest city in the U.S.
  • The estimated population of Richmond (the Capital of VA) in 2005 was 1,175,654 – the 45th largest metropolitan area in the U.S.
  • Roanoke was the 155th largest metropolitan area with 292,983 residents.

Virginia - Income and Poverty

  • In 2004, Virginia ranked 8th among the 50 states in personal income per capita ($36,160 per resident).
  • Virginia’s personal income relative to the U.S. average rose steadily from 84 percent in 1960 to 109 percent in 2004 (see below).

Personal Income per Capita in Virginia as a Percent of the U.S. Average from 1960 to 2004
Virginia per capita income map
Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

  • Among the 50 states, Virginia has the 8th lowest percentage of its total population living in poverty (10.0%) and the 9th lowest percentage of children under 18 living in poverty (13.3%) – 2005 American Community Survey.

Virginia - Educational Attainment

  • In 2005, Virginia ranked 26th among the 50 states in the percentage of its adults aged 25 to 64 with at least high school diploma (88.6%).
  • Virginia ranked 6th in the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher (35.6%) and 5th in the percentage with a graduate or professional degree (14.1%).
  • Relative to the U.S. average, Virginia has higher percentages of adults who have completed bachelors, graduate, and professional degrees (see below).

Educational Attainment of 25 to 64 Year Olds in 2005 – Virginia and the U.S. Average
Virginia education attainment
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

Virginia - Workforce and Economy

  • In 2005, Virginia had the 3rd lowest unemployment rate of all states – 3.5 percent compared to the U.S. average of 5.1 percent. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Relative to the U.S. average, Virginia has larger percentages of its workforce employed in management, professional, and construction occupations and smaller percentages in the remaining categories of occupations (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • The distribution of employment by industry reveals a similar pattern of employment – with larger percentages of Virginia’s employment in public administration, professional, and construction industries relative to the U.S. average (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • Virginia ranked 8th among the states on the Progressive Policy Institute’s 2002 State New Economy Index – an index that measures the degree to which states are structured according to the new “knowledge-based” economy. (Located at: http://www.neweconomyindex.org/states/index.html)

Virginia - Health and Well-Being

  • 14.4 percent of Virginia residents do not have health insurance – the 23rd highest percentage in the U.S. (2005 Current Population Survey)
  • Twenty-three percent of Virginia residents are overweight enough to be labeled obese – about the same as the national average of 23.1 percent. (Centers for Disease Control)
  • In Virginia, 206 per 100,000 residents died of cancer during the years 2000 to 2002 – slightly higher than the U.S. average of 204 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • A higher proportion of Virginia residents (317 of 100,000) died of cardiovascular complication from 2000 to 2002 – slightly lower than the national average of 333 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • On the 2005 America’s Health Rankings (United Health Foundation), Virginia ranked 24th among the states in overall health. The state rankings and measures can be accessed at http://www.unitedhealthfoundation.org/ahr2005.html.

Virginia - Crime and Corrections

  • In 2004, Virginia had the 35th highest rate of violent crime among the 50 states (276 incidences per 100,000 residents). The U.S. rate was 466 incidences per 100,000 residents. (FBI, Uniform Crime Reports)
  • In the same year, there were 2,677 incidences of property crime per 100,000 residents in Virginia – below the U.S. average of 3,517.
  • Virginia had the 17th highest incarceration rate per capita in 2004 – with 475 prisoners under federal and state jurisdiction per 100,000 residents. The rate of incarceration in Virginia has remained at about the U.S. average since 1980 (see below).

Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – Virginia and the U.S. Average
Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – Virginia and the U.S. Average
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

Virginia Counties

State averages often mask vast disparities within states. For example, the personal income per capita in Virginia ranges from $18,224 in Prince Edward County to $58,310 in Arlington County. Also, the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher ranges from 6.7 percent in Covington County to 68.9 percent in Falls Church City (a ratio of more than 10 to 1).

Therefore, it is important to display regional and county differences. Many of these data are available to MyOnlineMaps.com subscribers at the state and county levels – and can be used to generate state and county maps or to download for research purposes. Furthermore, the “Resources” section of MyonlineMaps.com contains links to these and other valuable data sources.

Virginia Counties

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