Fewer people called Rappahannock County and the town of Washington home in 2009 than in 2000.
The county’s population dipped from a recorded 7,102 on April 1, 2000 to 7,035 on July 1, 2009, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent estimates.
That occurred even though the number of births exceeded deaths — 693 births compared to 633 deaths. The county also added 15 people during that nine year period due to immigration or military service people returning, according to Robert Bernstein, public affairs specialist for the Census Bureau.
He attributed the county’s net loss of population to “migration” or people moving out of the county.
The town of Washington also saw a population drop. It had a population of 169 on July 1, 2009 compared to 183 in April, 2000. It continued a downward trend. The 1990 census recorded 198 people in the town.
Figures from the 2010 census won’t be available until the end of December. Those figures — state and county population numbers — will be used to apportion congressional districts, Bernstein said.
Another release of census figures will come out in February and March of 2011 that will detail ethnic, race and Hispanic origin of residents in neighborhoods and city blocks.
Bernstein said that census figures sometimes are changed due to challenges to the count or boundary changes.
Then there was the situation where Rappahannock County gained 54 households and 119 people in 2007 that were previously listed under Warren County. This wasn’t due to anything that Warren or Rappahannock County initiated but because of a “discrepancy in the database,” Bernstein said.