Matthew B. Gilmore
After many years of decline, the total number of children in the District started to increase beginning 2011.
The turnaround in the overall population had happened earlier: the resident population bottomed out in 1998, remained flat for another eight years, and then it grew, and fast, especially since 2008, when we began adding over 10,000 net new residents each year. As we have shown here, most of the newcomers had been singles without children, who started replacing the families who had left the city. Only since 2011, the number of children began to grow, and in the last four years, the child population has grown at a faster rate than the adult population.
Separating children under the age of 6 and school-age children (ages 6-17) reveals differences in population trends. The numbers for the younger children started recovering much earlier: the first positive numbers we see date back to…
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