Data Shows More People Living in the Valley

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- The Valley is growing as the Census Bureau estimates more people live in the area now than the year before.

If you've noticed new neighbors in the past year, you're probably not the only one. New Census Bureau estimates show the population has gone up all across the central Valley, which is a good sign for our economy, according to Augusta County Economic Development Director Amanda Glover.

According to those estimates, Augusta and Rockingham counties are both up about 0.5 percent, as is the city of Harrisonburg.

Waynesboro has seen a 0.8 percent increase and the City of Staunton had a 1.7 percent increase.

"That's good for everybody. It's easy to adapt. It's easy to provide services for that type of growth. So I think it's important that when we're talking about growth we realize it's moderate, steady growth," said Glover.

Glover said that's the key and that's a good draw for new businesses; knowing there's a growing pool of potential workers. With similar numbers all across the Valley, Glover said it's another example of how our economies work together.

"People who live in Staunton might work in Harrisonburg, people who live in Rockingham might work in Augusta County. So we have a very mobile community. We have great infrastructure in place that makes that mobility possible. And so you have the economies greatly intertwined among the different communities," said Glover.

Glover also said that helps growth translate into a stronger economy all across the Valley.

On the other side of the state line, West Virginia saw an overall drop in population last year. The state's population declined by 2,400.


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