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The city of Richmond and Henrico and Chesterfield counties have marked steady population growth over the past five years, according to estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Meanwhile, the population of outlying counties such as Goochland, Hanover and Powhatan saw growth rates below 1 percent or population decreases. The numbers are included in the bureau’s latest American Community Survey five-year report.

Going by growth rate, Richmond saw the biggest gains in the region, with population rising 3.35 percent to a total of 211,063. That’s 6,849 new residents. Henrico and Chesterfield saw their populations grow 2.59 and 2.56 percent, respectively. While their growth rates are lower than the city’s, because the counties’ populations are higher to begin with, they actually added more residents.

Henrico added 7,943 residents for a total of 314,878, and Chesterfield gained 8,101 residents for a total of 324,337.

Nearby localities with growth rates below 1 percent include:

  • Hanover, which added 826 residents for a total population of 100,689.
  • Powhatan, which added 147 residents, bringing its population to 28,193.
  • Colonial Heights added 131 residents, bringing its population to 17,542.
  • Amelia County, which added 74 residents for a population of 12,764.
  • Petersburg added 19 residents for a population of 32,439.

Nearby localities that saw population decreases over the past five years include:

  • Goochland County, which lost 90 residents for a total of 21,627.
  • Hopewell, which saw a loss of 216 residents for a total of 22,375.
  • Charles City County lost 102 residents for a total of 7,154.

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Special correspondent Taber Bain contributed to this report.

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