Virginia’s Largest Metropolitan Areas

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Like many states, the demographics of Virginia have been shifting this century, and much of the change can be seen in the growing urban populations of the state. Below are Virginia’s five largest metropolitan statistical areas by population.

1. Northern Virginia (NOVA)

3.15 Million

Referred to as NOVA or Northern Virginia, the larges metro area in the state is in the north, just outside the nation’s capitol and includes parts of D.C.’s MSA (6.2 million) that lie within the state. By most definitions it includes Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties, as well as the independent cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park.

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2. Hampton Roads

1.7 Million

Hampton Roads is the second largest MSA in the state, at over 1.7 million people.

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3. Richmond MSA
1.3 Million

  • Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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4. Roanoke MSA
320,000

  • Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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5. Lynchburg MSA
260,000

  • Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Charlottesville

  • Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (1st Sunday after Labor Day – Sunday before Memorial Day weekend)

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Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford MSA

  • Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (1st Sunday after Labor Day – Sunday before Memorial Day weekend)

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Harrisonburg

  • Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Staunton

  • Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Closed Saturday and Sunday

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Winchester

  • Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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If looking for something even quieter than that, Little Island Park is as far from the madding crowd as you’ll get at the oceanfront. You’ll still find a pier, tennis courts, playground, equiment/ball/corn hole rental and a lot more, including a place to launch a canoe or kayak launch across the street on Back bay.

Parking is $5/day, $3/day for residents, and $10/day for buses and RVs. Fees are only charged Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Weekly passes are $25, monthly $75, and seasonal passes are $75.

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If looking for something even quieter than that, Little Island Park is as far from the madding crowd as you’ll get at the oceanfront. You’ll still find a pier, tennis courts, playground, equiment/ball/corn hole rental and a lot more, including a place to launch a canoe or kayak launch across the street on Back bay.

Parking is $5/day, $3/day for residents, and $10/day for buses and RVs. Fees are only charged Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Weekly passes are $25, monthly $75, and seasonal passes are $75.

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