DC is one of the few cities where growth is being driven by an influx of whites, rather than by Latinos, Asians, or immigrants.
DC's black population eclipsed its white population in the 1950s, and the city has been majority African American since. But that majority has been steadily shrinking since the 1980s, even before the city's recent turnaround. In 1980, 70 percent of DC's population was black; that share fell to 61 percent in 2000 and 51 percent by 2010.
The black population declined in 14 of 39 from 2000 to 2010. About 6,700 fewer African Americans live in the Columbia Heights–Mt. Pleasant area. Petworth–Brightwood Park and Union Station–Stanton Park each lost about 5,000 to 6,000 black residents. A few areas gained black residents, such as Woodland and Ft. Stanton in Southeast DC.
What has been different in recent years is that, in addition to blacks moving out as they have done in prior decades, whites and others are now moving in and are more likely to stay. Looking at the maps, you can see that the areas where blacks moved out and the areas where whites moved in are roughly the same. Columbia Heights–Mt. Pleasant gained 8,300 white residents, while about 6,500 whites moved into the Union Station area. White residents largely avoided neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River.
Meanwhile, the Latino population also grew, but became more dispersed. Columbia Heights and Mt. Pleasant are still home to the biggest Latino population in the city (12,600 in 2010), but their numbers aren't as concentrated as before. Latinos are moving into other neighborhoods, such as Brightwood, Petworth, Takoma, Fort Totten, and some areas east of the river.
Asians and whites tend to settle into the same neighborhoods in Northwest DC, though Asian immigrants in this region are more likely to move to the suburbs. The Asian share of DC's population inched up from 3 percent in 2000 to 4.2 percent in 2010.
Decennial census data tabulated by
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