The Changing Face of Housing in DC

by Shilpi Paul

This past Friday, Housing Complex reported on some revealing graphs, charts and maps from the Office of Planning that visualize housing and development trends in DC over the past decade.

Created as part of a report for a housing strategy meeting, the graphics can be found here. We also perused the report to find some data that we deemed would be of most interest to our readers.

Perhaps the most dramatic chart verifies the multi-family building boom that we’ve been reporting on over the past year (here is a list of apartments that are set to deliver in the next three months). In 2011, the city issued a staggering number of permits for buildings with over five units:

The Changing Face of Housing in DC: Figure 1

Charts outlining changes in the racial makeup of the city reveal that city is getting more Caucasian. While the overall population has grown from just over 570,000 in 2000 to almost 620,000 in 2010, the number of black residents has actually decreased:

The Changing Face of Housing in DC: Figure 2

As Housing Complex pointed out, maps tracking race across the city show formerly strongly black areas in the eastern side of the city losing their majority.

Another chart illustrates the twentysomething boom:

The Changing Face of Housing in DC: Figure 3

Of course, UrbanTurf is always interested in home price trends, so the news that the median sales prices of homes in DC more than doubled between 2000 and 2011, jumping from $159,000 to $399,000, was fascinating.

The Changing Face of Housing in DC: Figure 4
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And finally, the pipeline. Here is a map of where all the residential buildings are planned or under construction in the city:

The Changing Face of Housing in DC: Figure 5
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In what will probably come as no surprise to readers, it looks like evolving areas include Capitol Riverfront, NoMa, and 9th Street NW.

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This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/the_changing_face_of_housing_in_dc/5640


  1. xmal said at 7:50 pm on Monday June 11, 2012:
    Fascinating run-down. Especially the christmas-tree graph of the population by age, though I can't see the increase in ages less than 3 that's called out in the note. Is it masked by a decrease in ages 3--5, similar to the older children? Also, why are the numbers for all those older children now lower? Were we in a baby drought from 1996--2007? Are we now experiencing a Snowmageddon-influenced boom? Fascinating! One quick note: the last graph does not enlarge correctly. Could you please fix? Thanks!
  1. Keith said at 7:23 pm on Monday June 11, 2012:
    One conclusion I draw is that since SFH will represent a smaller percentage of the District's housing stock, their prices will rise significantly.
  1. Mark Wellborn said at 8:00 pm on Monday June 11, 2012:
    xmal, Consider it done! Mark Wellborn Editor
  1. Jordan said at 8:59 pm on Monday June 11, 2012:
    The demographic data has changed dramatically since the 2010 census. In the year or so from the census through mid 2011, DC gained approx 18,000 people, equivalent to half of the growth from 2000 to 2010! http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/mike-debonis/post/dc-population-estimated-at/2011/12/21/gIQAW8Bk9O_blog.html
  1. Chris said at 9:23 pm on Monday June 11, 2012:
    xmal, I'm guessing the author means that the increase in ages less than 3 is an increase in total number of kids less than 3 (not an increase in their %), since the population has increased in that time. My other guess would be that a percentage of families with children ages 5-14 are leaving the District, quite possibly in search of schools in VA and MD. Some of those older kids would now be in the 15-19 bracket, but not enough to explain that gap.

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