Census Figures Show D.C. On Brink Of Losing Its Black Majority | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

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.

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, March 2, 2015

Virginia band Avers comes to D.C. this week for a pop performance at the Black Cat. 

NPR

Italian Cheese Lovers Find Their Bovine Match Through 'Adopt A Cow'

The cheeses of the Italian Alps are prized for their flavor. But the tradition of cheese-making here is dying off. Now remaining farmers are banding together around an unusual adoption program.
NPR

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Congress' Longest-Serving Woman, To Retire

The Maryland Democrat has served in the Senate since 1987, and was the first woman to chair the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee.
NPR

Nasdaq Index Hits 5,000 For First Time Since 2000

The NASDAQ composite index returned to territory it hasn't seen since the heyday of the dot-com boom, crossing the 5,000 mark in early trading Monday.

Leave a Comment

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