Rappahannock News

{ The town’s population is shrinking }

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When Washington’s last comprehens­ive plan was compiled in 2017, officials set a goal of reaching a total population of 250 to bolster the local economy, bring its faltering wastewater system to capacity and inject more life into the town. But 2020 census data shows the population decreased by a few dozen residents, leaving the total number below 100 residents, according to Planning Commission Chair Caroline Anstey.

To grow the population, many in attendance felt that additional housing and more businesses within the town could help attract people.

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