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U.S. Census Bureau Numbers Show DC’s Population Stabilizing

Friday, December 23, 2022
Official Numbers Show the end of the Pandemic-induced Population Decline

(WASHINGTON, DC) – The U.S. Census Bureau released new population numbers that estimate the District’s population is 671,803 as of July 1, 2022. This is the first year the District has experienced a net positive population increase since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The recent data from the Census Bureau about the growth in the District’s population signals that our city continues on a strong road to recovery and serves as evidence of the positive impact of Mayor Bowser’s investments in bringing people back to our neighborhoods and our downtown areas,” said Anita Cozart, Acting Director of the DC Office of Planning (OP).

Data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that the District added 3,012 people from July 1, 2021 to July 1, 2022. This growth is due to an increase in births, a decrease in deaths, and an increase in net migration between 2021 and 2022. During this period, more than 8,000 babies were born in the District, continuing the increase in DC’s population of young children. International migration into the District has returned to pre-pandemic levels with a net gain of 4,558 people moving into the District.  This data signals an upward direction in population growth and a positive indication of the end of the pandemic-induced population decline for the District. For more information on this data release, visit the U.S. Census Bureau’s website. Additional demographic data about the District is available on OP’s Demographic Data hub at