CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - University of Virginia demographers say the state's population growth slowed last year, but it's still outpacing the nation.
The conclusion is based on population estimates developed by demographers at U.Va.'s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. They said the state's population grew by less than 1 percent to 8.3 million between 2012 and 2013, the slowest growth since before the recession.
Still, Virginia posted the 14th highest growth rate in the nation.
The large population gains were concentrated in urban areas, and in particular northern Virginia. Four northern Virginia counties and the city of Alexandria accounted for more than half of the growth in the state since 2010.
Since 2010, the fastest-growing locality has been Fredericksburg. In southwest Virginia, all seven coal-producing counties saw population declines between 2012 and 2013.