City Desk

More People Are Moving From D.C. To Maryland And Virginia

D.C seems to be shedding residents, at least locally—23,202 to Maryland and 10,593 to Virginia last year—while the states aren't sending as many back our way. Only about 13,503 moved to D.C. from Maryland, and about 7,915 crossed over from Virginia:

Stronger job growth and a healthier housing market in the region account for much of the mobility, said Lisa Sturtevant of George Mason University's Center for Regional Analysis.

"While [the D.C.-area housing market] is still slow, it's possible to sell your home and move to a bigger one," Sturtevant said. "We're not anywhere close to being back to normal, but compared to other places, we don't have as many people underwater."

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  • More analysis please

    Some deeper analysis would have been helpful. For instance, I would love to know more about what the racial and economic status of those moving to and from DC looks like.

    Anecdotal evidence would suggest that wealthier people are moving into DC and due to rising costs of living, poorer people are moving out to the suburbs.

  • Mike

    Hence why DC is losing its black population and growing more diverse while PG's black population has grown larger and becoming more of the majority.

  • Shani Hilton

    Yeah, it's not just anecdotal evidence: though this piece isn't explicit, other numbers show that lots of lower- and middle-class black residents are moving out of the city to areas where they can get more bang for their buck.

    Here are the census tables cited in the story:

  • Lisa Sturtevant

    This article doesn't mention the migrants to DC from states other than MD and VA. The District gained population between 2000 and 2010 -- the first increase in decades. Many of these new residents move to the region -- and in particular to the District -- from other parts of the country.