February 7, 2011
Recently released Census data show an explosive increase in northern Virginia's Latino and Asian populations has fueled the region's growth over the last decade.
Northern Virginia's population grew at a 24-percent rate over the last decade, while the statewide population growth was just 13 percent.
Non-Hispanic whites represented 66 percent of the region's population in 2000. That dropped to 57 percent in 2010.
In Prince William, the state's second-most populous county, non-Hispanic whites now constitute less than half the county's population.
Arlington County bucked the trend. The Hispanic population there fell by 11 percent. A county official speculates that the county's high cost of housing forced many Hispanics to the outer suburbs.