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

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June 09, 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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