According to numbers recently released by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service in Charlottesville Gloucester and Mathews Counties continue a trend in population. Gloucester is slowly growing, but Mathews is continuing to decline. The new numbers show that Gloucester County had 37,169 residents as of July 1, 2017… representing a growth of 0.8 percent since the 2010 Census. Gloucester had 69 more births than deaths in that time period, and net migration of 242.
Meanwhile, it’s the opposite in Mathews, where the population has decreased by 327 people, or -3.6 percent, from 8,979 in 2010 to 8,651 in 2017. There were 421 more deaths than births in Mathews County during that seven-year period. The study shows that Virginia’s annual population growth rate this decade is the lowest since the 1920s. An aging of rural Virginia’s population led to the finding that there were more deaths than births in 64 of Virginia’s 95 counties.