Blacks Ponder Loss of Majority Status in District

April 14, 2011  |  

(Washington Informer) — African Americans in the District of Columbia are concerned, but not alarmed about the likely loss of majority status in the city in a few years. Statistics from the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau report reveal that Blacks comprise only 52 percent of the population of the District, which is a sharp decline from 71.5 percent reported in the 1975 census count. However, Blacks in the District aren’t worried about the lower percentage.  “The economy is hurting everybody and people are looking for cheaper housing,” said Bonnie Barrett. “People are moving out to Mary-land with Section 8 vouchers and other programs because they will be able to find better housing there,” the Northwest resident said. Barrett, 62, has identified one of the main reasons many Blacks have left the District. The city’s housing costs have always been some-what pricey compared to other major metropolitan areas in the country.   Today, the District’s population is 601,723, with the arrival of 29,600 residents since the 2000 census. However, city officials and demog-raphers note that the overwhelming majority of new residents are not African Americans.

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