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TOL PR 2016-05-23 new population estimate Town of Leesburg News Release For Immediate Release Media Contact: Betsy Arnett, Public Information Officer barnett@leesburgva.gov  703-771-2734 Leesburg Tops 50,000 in Population U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 population estimates reveal Leesburg to be the 2nd fastest growing community in Virginia. Leesburg, VA (May 23, 2016) – Not only is the Town of Leesburg the largest town in the Commonwealth of Virginia, it is larger than 26 of the state’s 38 independent cities and 71 of the state’s 95 counties. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual population estimates for citi es and towns, released last week, the Town of Leesburg’s population was 51,209 in July 2015. The Town has grown 20.2%, or 4% annually, since the 2010 Census. That growth rate places Leesburg just behind the Town of Hamilton, which has grown 20.4% over the same time. The other five Loudoun County towns have seen similar rates of growth, with Loudoun County as a whole ranking number one in the state among counties. “Seeing our population increase more than 20% in five years has placed considerable demand on the Town government’s ability to maintain our levels of service,” commented Kaj Dentler, Leesburg’s Town Manager. “The significant increase has required our staff to be flexible and creative in order to deliver the services our reisdents and businesses expect.” # # #