According to new population estimates released a few days ago by Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service Demographics Research Group at UVA, Richmond’s population has grown to 211,172, up 6,958 new residents since the official 2010 count of 204,214 (and up from the 2000 count of 197,790).
The city’s population peaked at 249,621 in 1970 with the last annexation. The count steadily dropped into the 1990s, with a bottom around 189,000. With steady growth since the MID-2000s, the city’s population crossed above 200,000 in 2008.
The Richmond metropolitan region’s population has risen to 1,259,266, an increase of 34,168 people (2.8%). Henrico, Chesterfield, and Virginia have each grown 3.4%, 3.3%, and 3.2% respectively in the same time period.