Census Data Shows Young, Educated, Diverse Loudoun

Analysis of county-level 2020 U.S. Census data by the Virginia Public Access Project shows Loudoun is comparatively a young, educated, expensive and growing county.

See the Virginia Public Access Project’s online tool here.

It also showed that despite the famous commutes along Rt. 50 and Rt. 7, more people both live and work in Loudoun compared to others in Northern Virginia and the commonwealth at large. 53.3% of Loudoun workers aged 16 and older have jobs in the county, compared to 48.6% in the region. Statewide, 50.3% of workers work in their county of residence.

Loudoun’s decades-long population growth continues, with 6,633 more Loudouners in 2021 compared to the 2020 census. The official 2021 estimate for Loudoun’s population is 427,592.

Median incomes and home values in Loudoun dwarf state averages. Loudoun’s $147,111 household median income is almost double the state median income of $76,398, and the county’s median home value of $534,000 is similarly almost double the statewide median of $282,800.

Loudoun is also highly educated, with 61.6% of Loudouners aged 25 and older holding a bachelor’s or graduate degree, compared to 58.8% in Northern Virginia and 39.6% statewide. And a larger proportion of Loudoun’s population is aged 24 or younger compared to both the region and the state.

A larger proportion of Loudoun’s population is white compared to Northern Virginia, but Loudoun is by every measure more racially diverse than the state at large.

4 thoughts on “Census Data Shows Young, Educated, Diverse Loudoun

  • 2022-08-30 at 12:43 pm

    “53.3% of Loudoun workers have jobs in the county, compared to 48.6% in the region. Statewide, 50.3% of residents work in their county of residence.”

    So, all the people who have been whining about people who work in Loudoun not living in Loudoun were completely wrong. We are actually ahead of everyone else.

  • 2022-08-30 at 1:38 pm

    I think it’s time we stop measuring “educated” based on the percentage of people that hold a college degree. Many that hold a college degree are in a profession that likely didn’t require one. As time evolves, more and more people don’t need to get a college degree to land a job that pays very well; especially in the IT space where only a certification or on-job training is required.

    As this debate has recently heated up over the last few weeks after the college relief the President signed off on, it’s time to educate our kids that college should only be considered depending on the profession he/she wants to pursue. If he/she is unsure of a profession or wants a profession that doesn’t require a degree, then college should either not be considered an option or be put on hold until that person know exactly what path they want to take. Parents need to help guide their children down a correct path so that they make the right decision both financially and professionally.

    • 2022-08-31 at 4:01 pm

      Hi Matthew – I would like to respectfully disagree – at least partially. Or maybe just expand on the valid reasons for college. Traditionally, undergrad has also served as a great way to expand general knowledge. This is particularly true of liberal arts colleges. I have always seen great value in that and enjoyed and benefitted from the one that I attended. This experience can help you figure out what you want to do in your career, and it can also help you prepare for any field by improving your reasoning, exposing you to people from different backgrounds as well as new concepts and information.

  • 2022-08-30 at 2:15 pm

    So if the county is younger AND more educated, the need for more social programs should go down as should taxes. But then again we’re giving free meals to students even though their parents make too much to qualify for free lunch. Please make it stop.

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