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Housing in the Nation's Capital 2004

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Document date: December 08, 2004
Released online: December 08, 2004

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Housing in the Nation's Capital 2004 is the third in a series of annual reports sponsored by the Fannie Mae Foundation about housing in the Washington region. It assembles and analyzes the most current data on housing conditions and trends in the District of Columbia and the surrounding suburbs. This year's report focuses on the challenges posed by the region's remarkable economic prosperity and highlights potential strategies for tackling the challenges this good fortune poses. It is our intention to provoke focused, sustained dialogue among our region's policy-makers, business representatives, community-based organizations, and advocates.

The two previous reports in this series provided a comprehensive portrait of housing trends and challenges in the District of Columbia within the context of the region as a whole. This year's report takes a somewhat different approach. It is shorter and more focused, and it highlights regional challenges resulting from emerging economic and demographic trends. More specifically:

Chapter 1 takes a close look at the exceptional strength of the regional economy and includes demographic data that highlight the nature and scope of the growth that the region is experiencing.

Chapters 2 through 5 document the housing market pressures that result from the region's growth, focusing in turn on housing production, the home sales market, the rental market, and the prevalence of housing hardship.

Chapter 6 provides new information about the unbalanced patterns of employment and housing growth that are exacerbating market pressures.

Chapter 7 looks toward the future, imagining what our region might be like in coming decades if current trends continue but also identifying strategic opportunities for managing growth more effectively.

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Topics/Tags: | Cities and Neighborhoods | Employment | Housing | Washington D.C. Region


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