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February 06, 2008

Virginia Snapshot

Virginia in Focus: Census Bureau Pre-Primary Snapshot

Virginia, which is holding Republican and Democratic primaries on Feb. 12, had a 2007 population of 7.7 million. About 63 percent of Virginia’s voting-age citizens cast a ballot in the 2004 general election, which is not statistically different from the national rate of 64 percent. Virginia’s population includes a higher percentage of blacks and a lower percentage of Hispanics than the nation as a whole, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics.

These and other statistics about Virginia’s population on topics ranging from language spoken to commute times can be found in the American FactFinder section of the Census Bureau Web site <http://factfinder.census.gov/>. More information about the nation’s voting record can be found in Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2004 at <http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/voting.html>.

Highlights include the following:

Selected Characteristics Virginia U.S.
Median age 36.9 36.4
Women 50.8% 50.7%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino 67.7% 66.4%
Black alone 19.9% 12.8%
Hispanic or Latino 6.3% 14.8%
Median household income $56,277 $48,451
Foreign born 10.1% 12.5%
Persons below poverty 9.6% 13.3%
Bachelor’s degree or higher (age 25+) 32.7% 27.0%
Median home value $244,200 $185,200

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Total Population Estimates (2007), State Population Estimates by Characteristics (2006), American Community Survey (2006).