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Foreign Born and Immigrants of Towns

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Foreign Born and Immigrants of Towns

Foreign Born Population Transformation

​The Washington, D.C. metropolitan area is one of the most diverse in the country when taking into consideration the minority and foreign born (immigrant) population make-up.  Northern Virginia contains a sizable amount of the metropolitan area's diverse population.  The foreign born or immigrant population is transforming the region and many of it's towns.  Note, the terms foreign born and immigrant are used interchangeably throughout the NOVA Region Dashboard.

It is immigration that has been driving many of the major demographic trends in the region, including:

  • School enrollment changes

  • Sizable increases in the number of Hispanics and Asians

  • Population and labor force growth

Foreign Born Population Share - Current

The region's highest ranked county/city is Manassas Park City, ranking 13th in the nation. The town of Herndon has a foreign born population that is significantly higher than Manassas Park City. The towns that are estimated to have less foreign born population shares than the Commonwealth of Virginia are all located within rural Loudoun County (Lovettsville, Purcellville, Hamilton, Middleburg, Round Hill, and Hillsboro), except for Clifton which is located in rural Fairfax County.

Foreign Born Population Share - Historic Compared to Current

Immigration has been driving many of the major demographic trends in the region. The foreign born population is transforming the region. Northern Virginia's population was 21.4% foreign born in 2000 and has risen to 27.7% (2014-2018 ACS 5Yr Estimate).

A place is considered statistically similar to its characteristics in 2000 if the margin of error causes the low and high range of today's estimate to contain the 2000 figure. If this is the can it can not be said for certain that today's figure is different than in the past, even though the middle of the road estimate or best guess may be higher or lower than in 2000. Today's estimate is considered statistically different if the estimate range does not contain the 2000 figure.

  • Statistically Similar to 2000:   Clifton, Hillsboro, Middleburg, Round Hill

  • Higher Today and Statistically Different than 2000:  Dumfries, Hamilton, Haymarket, Herndon, Leesburg, Lovettsville, Occoquan, Purcellville, Vienna

  • Lower Today and Statistically Different than 2000:  Quantico


Large transformations have occurred in the towns of Dumfries, Haymarket, Leesburg, Lovettsville, Occoquan, and Purcellville.  All of these incorporated towns are located in the outer-core, which is where the majority of the region's growth has occurred.