Monday, September 3, 2007

Gentrification: DC Could Lose is Black Majority Status

Over the weekend a report was released stating that if the population in DC continues its current rates, blacks may no longer have the majority of the city in 10 years time. One source, William Frey of the Brookings Institute, said that DC is one of the few cities noticing such a rapid change, and with reason. If we take a look at the past two census surveys released we will see the dramatic change that Frey mentions in his report. I found the surveys online at, who's studies show that between 2000 and 2005, the black population of the city decreased by 3%, from 60% to 57%, while the white population increased at 1%, from 31% to 32%. If we assume that the ratio of growth for both loss and gain will increase on an annual basis we can see that my estimates for the year that there may longer be a majority in the city will fall somewhere in between 2014 and 2018.

Its seems like gentrification may be inevitable for this city.

The census data can be found HERE.


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