Matthew B. Gilmore
A recent article in the Washington Post “A wave of mostly white voters is reshaping the politics of D.C.,” highlighted the changing landscape brought about by sweeping demographic shifts in the District and the implication on local politics. As noted in the article, the changes are most significant in the population aged 34 and under. Some of the trends seen in the District for this younger segment of the population are markedly different from the nation as a whole. These differences are evidenced in recent data from the U.S. Census and the Minnesota Population Center.
Here are some key diverging trends:
Young people in the District are increasingly made up of white non-Hispanics. This is in sharp contrast to the nation where the young are increasingly non-white. Whites in this age group could soon be a minority in the U.S., the opposite is occurring in the District.
The median earnings…
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