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Singles Poured In To D.C. Over Last Decade

If you have a sneaking suspicion that D.C. is stocked with young singles, well, you're not wrong.

According to figures released by the Chief Financial Office this week, the number of single tax-filers in D.C. increased by 38 percent from 2001 to 2011, jumping by over 57,000 people. By 2011, the number of single filers hit 208,176, or 63 percent of all tax-filers in the city.

All told, the number of tax-filers from 2001 to 2011 grew by 65,900 people to reach 327,371. According to the CFO, 87.5 percent of those new filers were single.

Over the same period, the number of married filers only increased by 10,301—19.8 percent. The number of head-of-household filers—those that are unmarried and caring for a dependent—decreased by 3.5 percent.

The data squares with other demographic changes taking place in D.C. The city's population has grown by over 60,000 since 2000, with half that growth coming between 2010 and 2012. This June the U.S. Census reported that D.C. has grown younger and whiter, with the proportion of black residents dipping to just over 50 percent and the median age ticking down from 33.8 to 33.6.

D.C. is also a good place to look for a job, especially if you're fresh out of college: The Atlantic reports that the metropolitan area ranks third in the country in terms of job openings for recent college grads.

Additionally, fewer people across the U.S. are getting married. According to the Pew Center, the number of newly-wed adults in 2011 stood at 4.2 million, down from 4.5 million in 2008. D.C.'s marriage rate has been low relative to the national average—in 2009, for example, there were 6.8 marriages per 1,000 people in the U.S., but only 4.7 in D.C.—though it ticked up in 2010 and 2011—the first two years that same-sex marriages were permitted.

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Berlin Wall Brought To University Of Virginia With 'Kings Of Freedom'

A massive piece of the Berlin Wall was recently delivered to the campus of the University of Virginia, adorned with a famous mural by German graffiti artist Dennis Kaun.

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Tasting With Our Eyes: Why Bright Blue Chicken Looks So Strange

The color of food can affect how we perceive its taste, and food companies aren't afraid to use that to their advantage. An artist tests perceptions by dousing familiar foods with unorthodox colors.
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Is Obamacare A Success? We Might Not Know For A While

Fans and foes want to know whether the Affordable Care Act is meeting its goals. But, for good reasons, there are no clear answers yet.
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Capital Bikeshare Supplier Bought, Reopening Door To Expansion

Bixi, the company that supplies bicycles and bike stations to the Capital Bikeshare program, has been rescued from bankruptcy. But does that mean the bike sharing will resume expansion in our area?

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