The Weldon Cooper Center at the University of Virginia continues to pore over the first wave of census data. There’s not a lot of age data in this round — the age cohorts will come later. But the first release does break out how many people are age 18 and under, and the center has produced a report looking at where that young population in Virginia is.
The answer: Mostly in Northern Virginia.
The top 5 localities with the largest percentage of the population under age 18 are all in Northern Virginia. In fact, the top seven are.
Among the localities with the lowest percentage of under 18 population:
Williamsburg has the lowest at 10 percent, but Lexington is just behind at 10.1 percent. Radford is third at 13.1 percent. Charlottesville and Highland County are tied for fourth and fifth. Note that all those except Highland County are college towns, so that might help skew the numbers since those localities would presumably have a big share of people in the 18-early 20s bracket.
Still, when you look at the map, you’ll see that Southwest Virginia comes out older and Northern Virginia comes out a lot younger.