New Census figures released Tuesday show growth across the mid-Atlantic region over the past decade.
Virginia had the highest percentage growth in the area -- its population is up 13 percent or more than 900,000 people -- since 2000. Maryland saw a 9-percent increase in residents. Though neither state grew enough to gain representatives in Congress.
The District saw its first population growth in 60 years, surpassing 600,000 residents. Analysts say a real estate boom and the expansion of the federal government after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks contributed to the increase.
A slate of new legislation has received an endorsement by the Virginia State Crime Commission that they say would give law enforcement more tools to investigate and prosecute child abuse.