Demographics Research Group and Va. Dept. of Education

Schools in Virginia’s urban areas are bursting at the seams, growing faster than they have the capacity to handle.

But some of those students might be heading to the suburbs soon.

Fifty years ago, people began abandoning cities for the suburbs of Virginia. Then cities made a comeback and became thriving cultural centers.

Now, the pendulum may be swinging the other way.

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Virginia is becoming more diverse, and the birth rate is declining. But one demographic trend stands out as the most prominent change.