City Desk

Where Do D.C. Natives Who Leave the District Go?

Last week I wrote about an interesting feature in the New York Times that used Census microdata to map out how Americans have moved between states since 1900.

The data from D.C. showed that only 37 percent of residents in 2012 were actually born in the District—a statistic that isn't all that surprising, given D.C.'s well-known reputation as a transient city. More interestingly, the data showed that more people currently living in D.C. were born in New York than in neighboring Maryland and Virginia.

But where do people born in D.C. go once they move? The Times updated their infographic to show where people migrate to from their home states. About half the people born in the District now live in Maryland or Virginia, with more Washingtonians choosing to to move to Maryland over Virginia. After Virginia and Maryland, the third largest number of Washingtonians lived in Florida in 2012.

Here's some of the data below; it can be seen in its entirety here.







Photo by Mr. T in D.C. via Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

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