D.C.’s population growth nearly tripled during the past decade, the latest U.S. census data shows.
The 2020 data, released Monday by the Census Bureau, shows the city’s population at 689,545, a 14% increase since the 2010 census.
Between 2010 and 2020, the population grew by nearly 88,000 people. By comparison, D.C.’s population grew in the decade between 2000 and 2010 by 5.2%, or nearly 30,000 people, from 572,059 to 601,723.
“Our population has exploded over the past decade as more people recognize D.C. as one of the hottest places in the nation,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “People know that D.C. is a welcoming and diverse hub of opportunity — a place that has something for everyone.”
In the District, census data is used to determine how much federal assistance the city will receive over the next decade. Additionally, D.C. Council members use the data to draw boundaries for the city’s eight wards and the Advisory Neighborhood Commission districts.
Andrew Trueblood, director of the D.C. Office of Planning, said the growth was likely even higher due to undercounting.
“While we celebrate the tremendous growth, we also know residents of the District are more likely to be undercounted than other states,” Trueblood said. “We will review these numbers carefully to make sure everyone who calls the District home was appropriately counted in this unprecedented census and ensure we receive the representation and federal funding we deserve for schools, housing, health care and other programs that help us thrive.”