Census Shows Large Population Gains in Wards 2 and 6

by Mark Wellborn

The U.S. Census recently released DC-specific 2010 Census data on its website.

The released data showed that Wards 2 and 6 saw the largest population jumps (16.1 percent and 12.5 percent, respectively) in the city over the last ten years; Ward 8 was the only ward that saw its population drop (-0.3 percent). Ward 2 includes neighborhoods like Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom, Georgetown, Logan Circle, Mount Vernon Square; Ward 6 encompasses Capitol Hill, the Navy Yard, Hill East and the H Street Corridor; Ward 8 includes neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River including Congress Heights and Anacostia.

The populations are listed below by ward:

  • Ward 1: 76,197
  • Ward 2: 79,915
  • Ward 3: 77,152
  • Ward 4: 75,773
  • Ward 5: 74,308
  • Ward 6: 76,598
  • Ward 7: 71,068
  • Ward 8: 70,712

The average 2010 population by ward is 75,215, and this is not an insignificant number. When a ward’s population is more than five percent above or below that average, the ward boundaries have to be redrawn. Because the population for Ward 2 is above that five percent threshold and Wards 7 and 8 are below, a ward redistricting is in order. For a complete map of population change by ward, click here.

As reported in December, DC’s population now stands at 601,723; in 2000, the city’s population was 572,059 in 2000.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/census_shows_changing_face_of_dc/3215


  1. Kal said at 3:39 pm on Friday March 25, 2011:

    Redistricting? Does this mean they make 2 smaller and send population to 7 and 8? or are all the districts get resized to allow for a median of 75215? Please clarify. Thanks

  1. Mark Wellborn said at 5:37 pm on Sunday March 27, 2011:


    A city council committee will be tasked with redrawing the ward maps by the middle of the summer. There will be some changes in the size of the wards in order to get within the five percent median population.

    Mark Wellborn

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