Residents Move to D.C. for Jobs, Move Out for Housing

June 9, 2015

According to the District of Columbia’s Office of Revenue Analysis, the District added about 90,000 net new residents between 2000 and 2014.

More than half a million people report moving to the District from some other state during that period, which is an 8 percent average of the city’s resident population.

“Jobs – or the prospect of one – is the top reason why the District receives new residents from other states,” District Measured reports.

But the suburbs do a better job in attracting District residents. Between 2000 and 2011 alone, 391,000 of D.C. residents moved to Maryland or Virginia. Housing was the top reason why people leave.

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