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October 6, 2014

Housing — and visualizing — DC's booming population

October 7, 2014

In the third chapter of the Urban Institute’s series on the population boom currently underway in the nation’s capital, we turn to housing.

Washington, DC has added more than 74,000 residents since 2000. As the map of new residential development below illustrates, thousands of properties in every section of the city have been built or renovated to accommodate this enormous demand for space. The upside is incredible vitality, but the downside is the growing number of people who find it difficult to afford to live in the city.

A wealth of new opportunities in the District comes with challenges. My colleagues and I at Urban hope that by visualizing these rapid changes, we can enable residents, local officials, and everyone interested in DC’s development to channel the city’s tremendous growth more equitably.

So click, share, and please let us know what you think.


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