Washington, D.C. Stats

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Washington D.C. is One of America’s Fastest Growing Cities

The U.S. population grew by 0.79% over the last year, just slightly faster than the previous year’s growth rate but still among the slowest rates in decades. While the nationwide growth was slow, population increased much more rapidly in other parts of the country. Over the past five years, many of these same cities have […]

Washington D.C. is Among the Cities Where No One Wants to Drive

Roads are the arteries of the nation, and the automobile has been the centerpiece of American culture for decades. Despite Americans’ love for their cars, however, the rush hours are no more pleasant, and not everyone wants or can afford a car. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 9.1% of American households did not own […]

Washington D.C. is Among the Worst Cities for Black Americans

Last year, unarmed teenager Michael Brown was fatally shot by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. The incident drew attention to racially charged police brutality, and sparked outrage nationwide. Fatal police shootings involving black citizens, however, are only one of the consequences of racial inequality. For decades, black Americans have faced higher poverty rates, […]

Washington D.C. is the 7th Most Expensive Place to Get Married

You can’t put a price on love, but you can put a price on marriage, or at least the wedding with which it begins. The average U.S. wedding cost $31,213 in 2014. That’s a lot of money, especially as median household income averaged $52,250 the previous year. Obviously, Americans are willing to spend big bucks […]

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