WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Census Figures Show D.C. On Brink Of Losing Its Black Majority

Play associated audio
D.C. population data from the 2010 census.
U.S. Census
D.C. population data from the 2010 census.

According to the 2010 census, half of Washington's 601,000 residents are black, while nearly 35 percent are white.

Over the past decade, the District has gained 50,000 white residents and lost nearly 40,000 black residents.

The last time D.C. did not have a black majority was 1950.

Overall, the district's population has grown by nearly 30,000 since 2000.

The new data shows that increase was driven mostly by whites but also by Hispanics and Asians.

The new census figures will also be important for redistricting. Ward 2 now has too many people and will need to shrink, while Wards 7 and 8 will need to grow.

NPR

'The Innocent Have Nothing To Fear' Echoes Real-Life Republican Race

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Stuart Stevens, a former strategist for Mitt Romney, whose new novel, The Innocent Have Nothing to Fear, tells the story of a neck-and-neck Republican primary campaign that ends up at a brokered convention.
WAMU 88.5

How History Influences Diets In D.C. And Around The World

Kojo and chef Pati Jinich look at how history -- and famous names like El Chico, Azteca and even Fritos -- shaped modern Mexican-American cooking in the Washington region and beyond.

WAMU 88.5

Implications Of The Supreme Court's Immigration Ruling

Many undocumented immigrants are living in fear after a Supreme Court ruling effectively barred deferred deportation for 4 million people. What the ruling means for families across the country and how immigration policy is playing out in 2016 election politics.

NPR

Click For Fewer Calories: Health Labels May Change Online Ordering Habits

Will it be a hamburger or hummus wrap for lunch? When customers saw indications of a meal's calorie content posted online, they put fewer calories in their cart, a study finds.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.