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The 2000 Census showed that Northumberland County had a population of 12,259 people. This represented 0.17% of the total population of Virginia, making it the state's 79th most populous county (out of 134 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Northumberland had a population of 12,995 people. This is an increase of 6% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201012,330+0.58%-5.12% since 2009
200812,991+5.97%+0.85% since 2007
200712,881+5.07%+0.77% since 2006
200612,783+4.27%-0.13% since 2005
200512,800+4.41%+0.51% since 2004
200312,736+3.89%+1.14% since 2002
200212,593+2.72%+2.17% since 2001
200112,325+0.54%+0.54% since 2000
200012,259The Last Census

Northumberland County had 8,057 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Northumberland County has a total area<3> of 285.7 square miles [739 km²]. Of this total, 192.3 square miles [498.1 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (32.68%) being water (93.4 square miles [241.8 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Northumberland County had a population density of 63.7 people per square mile [24.61 people/km²], making it the state's 50th most densely populated county (out of 134 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Northumberland County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Northumberland and the state of Virginia.

Click here for the Northumberland County QuickFact (QF-51133).

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Northumberland County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
LancasterQF-51103   S11,23011,567-2.91%
RichmondQF-51159   W8,9618,8091.73%
WestmorelandQF-51193   NW17,68616,7185.79%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Northumberland. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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