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Half of town citizens are age 55 or over

by Tom Chillemi

Urbanna’s population in 2010 was 476—about the same as the 1970 census of 475—and similar to the 1940 population of 482.

These figures are from the updated Urbanna Comprehensive Plan adopted by the Urbanna Town Council in December.

The town’s population peaked in 1980 with 591, and declined to 543 by 2000.

Almost half of Urbanna residents are 55 years of age or older. About 29 percent (137) residents are 65 or older.

Almost 20 percent (95) are between ages 55-64. Another 20 percent are ages 35-54, an age group that declined from 152 (28%) in 2000.

There are 65 children between ages 5-19 that comprise 14 percent of the population. In comparison, the 5-19 age group was 107 (22%) in 1970, and 91 (17%) in 2000.

The Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia predicted the town’s “year-round” population will decrease from 476 in 2010 to about 419 in 2020.

Middlesex County’s population increased 29% between 1980 and 2000 and rose another 10% by the 2010 census, which counted 10,959 county residents.

Between 1980 and 2010, Urbanna’s population fell nearly 25% from 591 to 476.

posted 03.06.2013

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