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D.C. Boasts Largest Population in 40 Years

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser recently welcomed the latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau showing the city has reached a total population of 681,170, a figure not seen since the 1970s.

“Our growth in population shows that Washington, D.C., continues to be an attractive place to live, work and start a family,” Bowser said. “Our neighborhoods continue to grow safer and stronger, and our schools continue to enroll more students and improve outcomes.

“The District’s investments in neighborhoods — from affordable housing, public infrastructure, and transportation to public schools, parks, retail, and the arts — are all making D.C. a highly desirable place to call home,” the mayor said.

The upward trend in D.C.’s population is expected to continue due to its growing economic diversity and quality of life.

According to the U.S. Census, between July 1, 2015, and July 1, 2016, D.C. gained 10,793 new residents, a 1.6 percent increase or an average of 900 new residents per month. The city has now grown by 79,000 (13.2 percent) since April 2010 when the most recent decennial census count took place.

“These figures show that people of all ages contributed to the growth of the District,” said Eric D. Shaw, director of the city’s Office of Planning. “We will continue our efforts to ensure that we are planning for an inclusive city where residents are able to be part of the opportunities that come from living in a growing and dynamic District.”

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