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Washington DC More Racially Diverse Than Nation

In America today, 62.8% of the population is white, and 12.2% is African American. Dense, urban cities tend to be more racially diverse than the country as a whole. In the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria metro area, 47.8% of residents are white and 24.9% are African American. Wealth is often divided along racial lines. Nationwide, the typical white […]

Washington DC is the 7th Largest Employer for High-Tech Jobs

Economic growth has always been at the forefront of political discourse, but likely even more so since the Great Recession. How to achieve widespread prosperity has been a matter of heated debate. With the breakneck pace of technological development that has affected every aspect of our lives, many argue that advanced industries are essential to […]

Why Public Transit Use is More Common in Washington DC

An estimated 5.2% of American workers commute on public transit. Larger, denser cities often require comprehensive public transportation systems that can reduce residents’ dependence on automobiles and help decrease traffic congestion, air pollution, and in some cases, travel time. In the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria metro area, 14.4% of workers commute on public transit, larger than the national […]

Washington DC is Among the Cities Where No One Wants to Drive

American motorists drove 17.6 million new vehicles off the lot in 2016, breaking the previous annual sales record of 17.5 million set the year prior. Indeed, for many, driving is a central component of the American identity. About 91% of the U.S. population belong to households with access to at least one vehicle, and every […]

Washington DC is Among the Cities Getting the Most Exercise

Only about one in five adults meet the federal guidelines for both aerobic and strength-focused exercise. Perhaps even more concerning, nearly one in four Americans fail to get any exercise whatsoever outside of work. In some areas, residents tend to be more physically active than in others. In these cities, residents have greater access to […]

Why Violent Crime is Less Common in Washington DC

There were an estimated 1.2 million murders, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults in the United States in 2015. The violent crime rate of 373 incidents per 100,000 Americans rose 3.1% from 2014. In the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria metro area, there were 324 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, lower than the national violent crime rate. Several social and […]

Washington D.C. Residents Less Obese Than the Average American

The obesity epidemic is one the most serious health problems in America today. The incidence of obesity has more than tripled since 1980 among children aged 2 to 19 years and has increased substantially among the rest of the population. Today, 27.0% of adults are obese. In the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria metro area, 24.3% of adults are […]

Washington D.C. Residents Lead Less Sedentary Lives Than Adults Nationwide

According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, adults need at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise a week, as well as two or more sessions of muscle strengthening activities. However, a large share of Americans do not exercise at all outside of getting up and going to work, and that share has […]

Why Washington DC Residents Live Longer Than the Average American

Average life expectancy at birth in the United States is 78.5 years. However, the range of life expectancy across the country is nearly 10 years and depends largely on the city. In the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV metro area, life expectancy is 80.4 years at birth, greater than the average life expectancy nationwide. Nationwide, women live an […]

Why Washington D.C. Residents Spend More Time Commuting

The average resident of the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria metro area spends 34.4 minutes commuting to work, longer than both the national average of 26.4 minutes and the statewide average of 29.8 minutes. Washington residents have the shortest commute of any metro area in District of Columbia. Two of the main factors that determine commute time are the […]

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