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New census data shows that an explosive increase in Northern Virginia's Latino and Asian populations has fueled the region's growth over the last decade.

Northern Virginia's population grew at a 24 percent rate over the last decade, while the statewide population growth was just 13 percent.

Non-Hispanic whites represented 66 percent of the region's population in 2000. That dropped to 57 percent in 2010.

In Prince William, the state's second-most populous county, non-Hispanic whites now constitute less than half the county's population.

Arlington County bucked the trend. The Hispanic population there fell by 11 percent. A county official speculates that the county's high cost of housing forced many Hispanics to the outer suburbs.

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