In response to a need for more accessible, detailed, and complete housing information for the District of Columbia and its region, the Fannie Mae Foundation and the Urban Institute have produced the first edition of Housing in the Nation's Capital. The report provides the public, policy makers, and housing professionals with the most comprehensive data and analysis available on the dynamics of economic and demographic change in the Washington region.
The ultimate goal of the project is to establish the report as a focal point for an ongoing dialogue on housing issues facing the city and its region. The report also furthers the Foundation's special commitment to its hometown of Washington, D.C., by providing an invaluable source of information to help guide its investments and those of its partners.
The analysis in this report reaffirms findings from other recent studies, but it goes further in several respects: in particular by being the first to make extensive use of the 2000 census and by using new data files from the Internal Revenue Service to characterize inter- and intraregional migration flows. The report, which features vibrant maps and graphs, covers economic and demographic context, housing stock and production, the homeownership market, and the rental housing market. In addition, the report focuses on changes in the racial and ethnic diversity of city and suburban neighborhoods, using new data from the decennial census.
The report shows that the Washington region's economic prosperity and growth have fueled a booming housing market and contributed to a resurgence of demand for housing in the District. And while the gap between minority and white homeownership has narrowed, the boom has intensified hardships for very low income households.
Housing in the Nation's Capital 2006
Housing in the Nation's Capital 2005
Housing in the Nation's Capital 2004
Housing in the Nation's Capital 2003
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