Population Decline New Data Shows Several Shrinking Localities Across Virginia By Michael Pope • Jul 15, 2019 Miguel Gereda / Creative Commons Many parts of Virginia are declining in population, a trend that’s only expected to increase in the coming years. New Census Data Suggests Southwest Virginia is Continuing to Shrink By Michael Pope • Apr 22, 2019 visittazewellcounty.org New numbers from the Census show Northern Virginia continues to add population. But, the new numbers also show a slow and steady decline in Southwest Virginia. Calculating the Cost of Eliminating Taxes in the Poorest Parts of Virginia By Michael Pope • Jul 13, 2017 MBandman / Creative Commons One lawmaker from the Southwest corner of Virginia is pushing a plan to create tax breaks in some of the poorest parts of the state. But as Michael Pope reports, implementing that plan would blast a giant hole in the budget.