A Note About Our Projections
The Code of Virginia mandates that the Virginia Employment Commission(VEC) prepare official statewide population projections several times each decade. In 2012, the VEC contracted with the Weldon Cooper Center to produce the first round of projections since the 2010 decennial census using the data from that, and previous, censuses. While these are the most recent available statewide projections for Virginia, they are now outdated, as they do not reflect demographic change since 2010 and its likely impact on future population.
Similar to weather forecasts, in order to improve utility, projections need to be updated regularly. The more current they are, the more likely they will paint a truer picture of population trends in the future.
Most states produce population projections every two or three years, and some produce them annually. Virginia prepared three rounds of projections in the last decade. Now, midway through this decade, it is time that these 2012 projections be updated. The Cooper Center is pursuing funding in the next biennial budget for a fresh round of projections to be developed and released by mid-year 2017.