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District of Columbia in Focus: Census Bureau Pre-Primary Snapshot

     The District of Columbia, which is holding primaries on Feb. 12, had a 2007 population of about 588,000 that includes a higher percentage of blacks and a lower percentage of Hispanics than the nation as a whole, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics. About 69 percent of the voting-age citizens in the nation’s capital cast a ballot in the 2004 general election. That’s above the national rate of 64 percent.

     These and other statistics about the District of Columbia’s population on topics ranging from language spoken to commute times can be found in the American FactFinder section of the Census Bureau Web site <http://factfinder.census.gov/>. More information about the nation’s voting record can be found in Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2004 at <http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/socdemo/voting/>.

      Highlights include the following:

 Selected Characteristics D.C. U.S.
 Median age 35.0 36.4
 Women 53.1% 50.7%
 White alone, not Hispanic or Latino 31.7% 66.4%
 Black alone 56.5% 12.8%
 Hispanic or Latino 8.2% 14.8%
 Median household income $51,847 $48,451
 Foreign born 12.7% 12.5%
 Persons below poverty 19.6% 13.3%
 Bachelor's degree or higher (age 25+) 45.9% 27.0%
 Median home value $437,700 $185,200

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Total Population Estimates (2007), State Population Estimates by Characteristics (2006), American Community Survey (2006).
Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | PIO@census.gov | Last Revised: February 10, 2014