Just How Transient is D.C.? Depends How You Count
Each summer brings a familiar sense of malaise for young D.C. professionals, as a sizable chunk of their friends decamp for New York or grad school or elsewhere, never to return. The District sometimes feels full of 22- and 23-year-olds on a two-year layover between college and whatever comes next.
But just how transient is D.C.? Over at Greater Greater Washington, Topher Mathews takes a look at the numbers, inspired by the recent spat over whether the District is a good sports town.
On the simplest metric, D.C. is indeed more transient than other big cities—a far higher percentage of D.C. residents moved from another state in the past year:
|Boston (Suffolk County)||5.9%|
|New York City||2.8%|
But "another state" is kind of a funny metric for a town whose suburbs are exclusively in other states. And if, for non-D.C. cities, you add in people moving from other counties within the same state, suddenly D.C. doesn't look so exceptionally transient:
|New York City||4.9%|
Mathews also breaks the numbers down by age group. Check out his post for the full rundown.