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According to the latest census, Virginia led the DC Metropolitan area in
population growth. Alexandria itself grew by 3.8 percent.
ALEXANDRIA, VA. -- Census figures released Tuesday place Northern Virginia, and Alexandria specifically, as the chief source of population growth for the DC-Metropolitan area.
Many places in Northern Virginia experienced more than 3 percent population growth from 2008 to 2009.
In contrast, Montgomery County grew by only 1.9 percent and Prince George's County by only a half a percentage point.
The District itself grew by 9,600 people, or 1.6 percent, with the city's population nearing 600,000 people for the first time in two decades.
The latest census has Alexandria gaining 5,400 residents last year, a 3.8 percent increase, and Arlington County adding 7,300, a 3.5 percent jump.
Last year, they were among the nation's 10 fastest-growing places with populations greater than 100,000.
Prince William County picked up speed again after its growth stalled for three consecutive years. Last year, it was up 3.6 percent, with 13,000 additional residents.
Though the largest jurisdiction in the region, Fairfax County’s growth was small by comparison, with 18,000 more people, an increase of only 1.8 percent.
The population figures are the final annual estimates before the 2010 Census is completed and the results are made public this year.