“Urban Institute took 10 years of census data (2000 to 2010) and mapped DC’s growth street by street”

Graph via Urban Institute

Thanks to the folks from Urban Institute for sending this incredible study:

“Washington, DC, residents don’t need census data to tell them what’s obvious in their neighborhoods: the city is changing dramatically. But numbers can give us context. They can show us how shifts in population are reshaping the city and can help us prepare for changes to come.

In this series, we’ll home in on changes from the past decade—2000 to 2010—when DC’s population began growing again for the first time in 50 years. In this chapter, we look at demographic change, drilling down to wards and neighborhoods. Later, we’ll explore changes in housing, crime, education, and more, using data from NeighborhoodInfo DC to tell the story of our changing city.”

You can start checking out the background, graphs and maps here.

9 Comment

  • austindc

    Those maps are really neat! Thanks for sharing!

  • Neat resource. Looking at the population map pages and I’m pretty sure they’re counting data points (people) in cemeteries. Is that legit? Also wondering how frequently they’ll update this. Every 10 years with the national census, or sooner?

    • I think what’s happening there is for people they can’t link to a specific residence or block they equally distribute throughout the rest of the sub-area.

    • No, the points don’t actually show exact location! They are randomly scattered filling the area as densely or not as the count requires. So dots in cemeteries aren’t counting bodies, but those areas are included in census blocks.

  • anonymouse_dianne

    Hey! I work at Census and I know some of the folks at Urban who do this work using SAS. Thanks for getting it out there.

  • If you’re going to be a troll, at least learn to spell. It’s “entrenched.”

  • The way this is trending Ward 1 should be able to get rid of Jim Graham by the next election.

    • Your premise seems to be that Jim Graham, a white politician, draws his support primarily from African Americans and that he will be turned out of office once white people become the majority. Really, you don’t further your anti-Graham crusade with laughably absurd posts.

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