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White People Flocking to Shaw, Nearby Neighborhoods

White People Flocking to Shaw

If you're looking for white people, you should head to the D.C. ZIP code that includes Shaw, Bloomingdale, and LeDroit Park. It leads the city in new white residents from 2000 and 2010, according to a list of the nation's 25 fastest-whitening ZIP codesvia Mike DeBonis.

Non-Hispanic white people represented 5.6 of residents in the 20001 ZIP code, which also encompasses Pleasant Plains and Truxton Circle, in 2001. But by 2010, according to new Census data, non-Hispanic white people made up 32.8 percent of the residents, a 27.2 point increase. The 20001 ZIP code had the 10th largest percentage increase in white residents in the country.

The 20010 ZIP code around Columbia Heights and 20005 by Logan Circle also made the list, at the 14th- and 19th-fastest whitening, respectively. Non-Hispanic white residents make up 38.5 percent of the District's entire population.

America's fastest-whitening zip code is further south, however. That would be a ZIP code in Columbia, S.C., that showed a 47.1 percent increase in white people from 2000 to 2010.

(Correction: Due to a reporting error, this post originally said 20001 saw a 27.2 percent increase in white people, instead of a 27.2 point increase.)

Photo by Rhys Tom via Flickr/CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0

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  • Chris

    Not to be a stickler, but an increase from 5.6 to 32.8 would be an increase of 486%. The actual percentage increase in the number of people would be dependent upon the number of people in this zip code in 2001 and 2012 (e.g., if the number of people in the zip code went from 100,000 in 2001 to 10,000, then the number of white people would have actually decreased from 5,600 to 3,280). The article conveys the point, though.

  • Ward 5 Rez

    "Non-white Hispanic people"?

  • Stuart

    To Chris: The article says 27.2 "point" increase not 27.2 "percent" increase.

  • Stuart

    I wonder if it would be considered racist if the article was about how to find Black people? Uhhh yeah!

  • Will Sommer

    Nope, he's right, I corrected it and was about to leave a comment here. Thanks Chris and Ward 5 Rez for pointing out the errors.

  • Nick Pisano

    "If you're looking for white people, you should head to the D.C. ZIP code that includes Shaw, Bloomingdale, and LeDroit Park."

    Misleading lede, IMO. If you're looking for white people, you should go to Ward 3. If you're looking for areas where more white people are than were 10 years ago, then go to Shaw.

    If I may:

    I understand the point you're making, but there's no sense in accidentally misleading for the sake of a catchy lede.

  • IMGoph

    Will: Wouldn't it be more accurate to say that if you're looking for white people, you should be looking in a zip code west of the park? ;)