The county and its towns must prepare for some of the greatest population growth in Southwest Virginia.
A few years ago, Montgomery County’s population surpassed Roanoke County’s, and in a few more, it will likely surpass Roanoke’s. If growth continues as the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia forecasts, local governments will have their work cut out for them.
There are a couple of caveats. First, these forecasts are based on historical trends; they might be wrong. Weldon Cooper has a good record, though, so barring some change on the ground, we would be surprised if they were far off, at least in the short term. Second, Virginia Tech students made up a large portion of Montgomery County’s 94,392 residents in 2010.