Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

District of Columbia Population History

DC Population 1800-2010

DC Population 1800-2010

 

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DC population 1800-2015

DC population 1800-2015

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DC population 1800-2015


 

Racial composition of the population of the District of Columbia 1800-2010

Year Total white black free* slave* other**** AI/E/A A/PI Asian NH&OPI Two or more races
1800 14,093 10,066d 4,027 783 3,244
1810 24,023* 16,079d 7,914 2,549 5,395d
1820 33,039* 23,164* 10.425 4,048 6,377d
1830 39,834* 27,563* 12,271 6,152 6,119
1840 43,711*** 30,657d 13,054 8,360d 4,694
1850 51,687 37,941 13,746 10,059 3,687
1860 75,080 60,763 14,316 11,131 3,185 1
1870 131,700 88,278 43,404 18
1880 177,624 118,006 59,596 22
1890 230,392 154,695 75,572 125
1900 278,718 191,532 86,702 484
1910 331,069* 236,128* 94,446* 495
1920 437,571 326,860* 109,996 745
1930 486,869 353,981** 132,068 820
1940 663,091 474,326* 187,266 1,499
1950 802,178* 517,865 280,803 3,510
1960 763,956 345,263 411,737 6,956
1970 756,510 209,272 537,712 9,526
1980 638,333 171,796 448,229 1,031 6,636
1990 606,900 179,667 399,604 1,559 11,233
2000 572,059 176,101 343,312 21,950 1,713 15,189 348 13.446
2010 601,723 231,471 305,125 24,374 2,079 21,056 302 17,316

Key:

AI/E/A = American Indian/Eskimo/Aleut

A/PI = Asian/Pacific Islander

NH&OPI = Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

Notes/Sources:
Dodd, Donald B. [comp.] Historical statistics of the United States: Two centuries of the census.
1993
d DeBow, J.D.B Statistical view of the United States…. 1854
*Green, Constance. Washington.
**1960 census
***corrected addition by M B Gilmore

2010 data source:
Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010
2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File

© Matthew Gilmore, August 2014

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click here for PDF DC population by race 1800-2010 [PDF]

 

NOTE: Population figures are for the District of Columbia and do include Alexandria City/County up until the 1846 retrocession back to Virginia.

 

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