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Georgetown’s population booms

Thursday, the U.S. Census released the results for the 2010 Census for D.C. While many immediately focused on the city-wide numbers and how they reflect rapidly changing demographics, GM dove into the neighborhood numbers. And what he found was absolutely astounding. Since 2000, Georgetown’s population has boomed.

Specifically, since 2000 Georgetown has added a whopping 1,791 net new residents. That brings the total number of Georgetown residents to 10,315, an increase of 21.01%. Ward 2 grew the most of all the wards, and even that was only at a 16% pace. That means Georgetown was likely one of the fastest, if not the fastest, growing neighborhoods in Ward 2.

And where did this growth occur? By a long, long shot it was on the lower west side of Georgetown. Check out this map:


There was relatively modest growth of about 3-7% throughout the East Village and the north West Village. But below O St. on the west side, it was a completely different story. Between O, M and 35th, there were 107 new residents, an 11.31% increase, but west of 35th and below M, Georgetown add 1,351 people and increase of 133.50%(!).

Some will immediately jump to the conclusion that this is the result of more students in the neighborhood. That probably contributed to it somewhat (particularly since G.U.’s census population dropped by about 500 over the same time period). But GM doubts it’s the sole factor. While it wasn’t as obvious, there was some amount of construction in Georgetown over the last ten years, and much of it took place down on that side of Georgetown. For instance, there was the new 3303 Water St. apartment building and the Wormley Row condos. That’s 83 new residences right there. With the average Georgetown housing density of 1.86 per unit, that would mean about 154 new residents in those two new properties alone.

Moreover, the census block group that added 1,351 people goes all the way over to 37th st., so it covers that part of the G.U. campus that is beyond the gates. So some of that growth could be from the school putting more students in that part of its campus.

Finally, as GM has argued before, there is an ongoing baby boom in Georgetown. There are approximately 200 more children in Georgetown than there were in 2000. Some of those probably contributed to the increase.

Next week, GM will try to drill down to the block-level to see exactly where the growth happened.