Charlottesville Population: Up or Down?

July 12, 2007

New census numbers released show that the population in the City of Charolttesville is slightly down.

One set of data showed the city's population at right over 40,000 as of July 2006.

But, data recently released by Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, based in Charlottesville, says the city is home to around 39,700 people.

City officials say they believe both sets of numbers are hard to believe.

"Lots of building has occurred and a lot more is occurring. So when you see we've either grown just a little or we're actually getting smaller it kind of defies belief. I think it has a lot to do with image. I mean we are a dynamic, exciting place to be. For someone to read: 'Are people leaving Charlottesville? I wonder why.' It's a wrong image to convey," said Mayor David Brown.

Officials say population is important because some money received by the city depends on its population number.

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