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District’s Population Climbs Again

Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Census data shows DC gained over 12,000 residents in one year

(Washington, DC) – The US Census Bureau announced today that the District of Columbia’s population gained another 12,392 residents between July 1, 2014 to July 1, 2015. The District’s 2015 population estimate is now at 672,228, a 1.9 percent increase over the revised 2014 population number of 659,836. These numbers mean the District is again adding just over 1,000 residents a month.
The continued growth in residents demonstrates that the District remains an attractive place to live and work.  The District has added more than 70,000 residents since the 2010 census and just over 100,000 residents in the 15 years since the census in 2000.  This trend puts the District on track to bypass its previous peak population in 1950 of 802,000 within the next two decades.
“I am encouraged by the new census numbers,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “More and more people are choosing to call the District of Columbia ‘home,’ and my Administration is working hard to sustain our growth and to ensure that residents in all eight wards share in our prosperity. By expanding affordable housing, striving for world-class schools, and creating pathways to the middle class, we are making the District of Columbia a great place to reside, work, and play, whether you have lived here five minutes or five generations.”
According to the US Census Bureau, the main driver of the increase was domestic and international migration—people moving to the District from other parts of the United States, and from abroad. Between July 2014 and July 2015, in addition to the natural increase (births minus deaths) of 4,375 residents, a total of 8,282 more people moved into the District than moved out. Of these 8,282 net new residents to the city, 3,731 more people moved from other U.S. states than moved out and 4,551 more moved to the District from other countries than the number of residents that left the District for other countries. While net international migration made a greater contribution to the District’s population growth than net domestic migration, net domestic migration has grown four times its previous year total and demonstrates that the District continues to attract residents from other U.S. states.
The District’s baby boom also continued into 2015. More than 9,400 babies were born to District resident mothers each year since 2013.
“We have been planning with this growth in mind,” said Eric D. Shaw, Director of the DC Office of Planning (OP), which houses the District’s State Data Center. “And we continue to plan for not the just the overall growth, but recognize that we need to be responsive to the changing characteristics of the population, more specifically children and families.”