HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Virginia is outpacing the nation in its growth. Virginia grew by 2.3% between the 2010 census and July of last year.
The whole country grew at a rate of almost 2 %. Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads and the Richmond area are leading the way.
Harrisonburg is also growing at a fast rate, according to the economic development director. Brian Shull said that from July of 2011 to July of 2012, Harrisonburg has grown by 800 people. Shull's reasons include major employers coming to the area as well as the growth of James Madison University.
Numbers out by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public service at the University of Virginia break down the expected population growth for 2020. Researchers say Rockingham county will grow to more than 83,000 people. For Augusta county, that number is more than 80,000 people.
Schull said people come here for new jobs, retirement and the small town feel.
"You hear a lot about quality of life and certainly we do have that here, yes the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley is hard to beat. And then when you have the small town feel and the people here just make it a great place to live," Shull said.
Schull said that increased growth in the northern part of the state can only add to Harrisonburg's appeal.