​​2020 Census: IW’s population up

Published 4:09 pm Thursday, August 12, 2021

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Isle of Wight County grew roughly 9.5% in population between 2010 and 2020 according to data the U.S. Census Bureau released Aug. 12.

Isle of Wight’s current population stands at 38,606 according to the latest census data.

Housing growth in Isle of Wight County has far outpaced the state and the region. The number of housing units in Isle of Wight is up to 16,441 — about 12.4% more than in 2010. Meanwhile, the number of housing units in Southside Virginia is up only 1.4%, while it is up 7.6% across the state.

About 69.2% of Isle of Wight County residents identified as white on the census, while 22.4% identified as Black. About 5.6% identified as multiracial, with 1.1% identifying as Asian and 1.7% identifying as some other race.

The percentage of people identifying as Hispanic or Latino in Isle of Wight County also grew, with 3.1% now identifying as such. Only 1.9% did so at the 2010 census. The U.S. Census Bureau tracks Hispanic/Latino ethnicity separately from race, and people who identify as such can be of any race.