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Jun 15

Virginia Loses 62K People in Five-Year Analysis

Posted on June 15, 2022 at 10:06 AM by Percy Ashcraft

Virginia Loses 62K People In Five-Year Analysis

Our friends at the Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP) recently conducted an interesting analysis of population trends in Virginia moving to and from other states between 2015 and 2020.

The bottom line is the Commonwealth lost about 62,000 people during that period. The greatest destination for those leaving Virginia is Florida, which captured 36,614 people. A close second was North Carolina gaining 31,734 Virginians. Texas picked up the third slot with 16,928.

Virginia, however, was not without its gains. New Yorkers looking to migrate south landed 27,020 in Virginia during the five-year period. New Jersey was a distant second with 14,489 moving to the Commonwealth, and Maryland was a distant third with 9,322 people pulling up roots and moving to Virginia.

Overall, Virginia lost population to 29 states and picked up from 21. The District of Columbia was included in the results.

 

Rapid Retirement Numbers Lead to Teacher Shortages

Passing along another piece of information from VPAP is the rapid retirement numbers that grew out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

From FY 2017 to FY 2020, 4,406 teachers entered the Virginia Retirement System. In FY 22, 4,881 teachers opted to retire. That was an average increase of nearly 500 more teachers than normal.

When to retire also produced interesting data. In FY 20, over 1,200 teachers retired mid-year. That number has declined to less than 1,100 retiring at the semester break in FY 22.

Causes of the retirements vary, but some of the reason rests with school districts switching to online-only or hybrid instruction. This has created a “brain drain” in the teaching profession throughout the state.

Teaching is still one of the most rewarding careers. Qualified applicants should check the websites for both King William County and West Point for open positions.

 

Dates Set for Farmers Market & Family Fun Nights

Circle the dates of July 22 and August 19 on your calendars! The King William Economic Development Authority (EDA) will be hosting two “Farmers Market & Family Fun Nights.”

Each event will begin at 4 p.m. and end at 7:00 at the King William High School parking lot. Vendors will be on hand selling local produce and meat, as well as artisans, crafters, farm animals, and a variety of children’s activities.

Plan to eat out that night by visiting the Food Trucks.

Vendor registration is open at no charge. Visit the County website or contact Chris Branch at deputyclerk@kingwilliamcounty.us for more information.

Strong attendance at the two events will help the EDA measure whether to have the events on a regular basis in 2023.

 

New Welcome Signs to Greet Visitors Entering King William County

Motorists entering King William County on both Route 360 and Route 30 will soon be greeted with new “Welcome Signs” approved by the Board of Supervisors at their Work Session on June 13.

The signs will be designed and constructed by Dave Tench Signs. The cost for four (4) 4x6 aluminum signs with aluminum posts and installation is $11,432.

The two signs on Route 360 will rest in the median after leaving Hanover and King & Queen counties. The two signs leaving Caroline and the Town of West Point on Route 30 will be near the same places as the existing signs.

Depending on availability of materials, County officials are hopeful the signs will be erected by Labor Day.

 

Speed Study Called for Acquinton Church Road

After another fatality on June 13, the Board of Supervisors has asked VDOT officials to conduct a Speed Study on Acquinton Church Road.

Supervisor Stewart Garber cited statistics that call for a review of the stretch of highway that has been the scene of other fatalities and accidents.

VDOT Resident Engineer Lee McKnight noted highway officials would start the review as soon as possible.