Loudoun County has been bumped from the top echelon of the national list of fastest growing counties, but that doesn’t mean people have stopped moving here.
According to U.S. Census figures released today, Loudoun’s estimated population growth rate between 2015 and 2016 was 3.03 percent. The county added 11,386 new residents, about 950 each month.
While the population increase is a bit smaller— and the growth rate is a bit slower—than previous years, Loudoun maintained its rank as Virginia’s fastest-growing county. (Technically, New Kent County recorded a higher growth rate, at 3.5 percent, its 723 additional residents ranked only 22nd statewide in net population growth.] Since the 2010 census, Loudoun County has added 73,609 new residents, a 23.6 percent increase, according to the Census figures.
Who is setting the pace of growth nationally these days? In Maricopa County, AZ, the population increased at a rate of 223 per day over the past year, now totaling 4.2 million people. With Phoenix as its county seat, the county is Arizona’s largest and the fourth most populous in the U.S. Other growth hotbeds are Harris County (Houston), TX; Clark County (Las Vegas), NV; King County (Seattle), WA; and Tarrant County (Ft. Worth), TX.