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State Demographics Data - DC

District of Columbia

Demographics & Social
2015
2000
1990
Demographics

Note: The term "foreign born" refers to people residing in the United States at the time of the population survey who were not U.S. citizens at birth. The foreign-born population includes naturalized U.S. citizens, lawful permanent immigrants (or green-card holders), refugees and asylees, certain legal nonimmigrants (including those on student, work, or some other temporary visas), and persons residing in the country without authorization.

Foreign Born
Number 95,117
% Foreign Born 14.1%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2015 29.3%
% change: 1990-2000 24.9%
Race (%)  
One race 96.2%
White
38.4%
Black or African American
21.9%
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.0%
Asian
17.3%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
0.0%
Other race
18.3%
Two or more races 3.8%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 31,098
% Latino 32.7%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 0.7%
5-17 3.7%
18-64 85.3%
65 and older 10.3%
Median Age

Note: 1) Data for Alaska, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the Census Bureau's pooled 2011-2015 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2015 ACS. 2) The letter N Indicates that a number could not be provided by the Census Bureau because the number of sample cases was too small for this state.

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Gender (% female) 52.0%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 42.8%
Married 44.0%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 13.2%

Note: The term "U.S. born" refers to people residing in the United States who were U.S. citizens in one of three categories: people born in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia; people born in U.S. Insular Areas such as Puerto Rico or Guam; or people who were born abroad to at least one U.S. citizen parent.

U.S. Born
Number 577,111
% Foreign Born  
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 15.8%
% change: 1990-2000 -9.0%
Race (%)  
One race 96.9%
White 40.3%
Black or African American 51.6%
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.0%
Asian 1.6%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.0%
Other race 3.0%
Two or more races 3.1%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 40,031
% Latino 6.9%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 7.4%
5-17 12.3%
18-64 68.7%
65 and older 11.6%
Median Age 32.6
Gender (% female) 52.5%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 57.8%
Married 26.1%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 16.1%
Foreign Born
Number 73,561
% Foreign Born 12.9%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011  
 
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U.S. Born
Number 498,498
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Foreign Born
Number 58,887
% Foreign Born 9.7%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
Number 548,013
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Place of Birth Number
Region of Birth (excluding born at sea)

Note: For 1990, 2000, and current ACS year, the total for the region of birth of the foreign born is different from the total foreign born. This is because the 1990 total excludes those who did not report a country of birth and those born at sea, while the 2000 and the current ACS year totals exclude those born at sea.

95,117
Born in Africa 13,912
Born in Asia 21,954
Born in Europe 17,175
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 38,287
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 2,572
Born in Oceania 1,217
Top 3 Countries of Birth

Note: These are the largest countries of birth reported by the Census Bureau. Some countries are only listed as part of a larger geographic region. For example, those born in Somalia are included only among those born in Eastern Africa. Therefore, a few states may have larger populations of foreign-born persons born in countries not listed individually in census data. For each of the three years, countries of birth reflect geographic boundaries as of that year. The estimate for China excludes Taiwan.

 
Country #1 El Salvador
Country #2 India
Country #3 United Kingdom
Detailed Region/Country of Birth

Note: These are the largest countries of birth reported by the Census Bureau. Some countries are only listed as part of a larger geographic region. For example, those born in Somalia are included only among those born in Eastern Africa. Therefore, a few states may have larger populations of foreign-born persons born in countries not listed individually in census data. For each of the three years, countries of birth reflect geographic boundaries as of that year.

95,117
Europe 17,175
Northern Europe 4,958
United Kingdom
2,993
Ireland
788
Other Northern Europe
1,177
Western Europe 5,018
France
2,533
Germany
1,354
Other Western Europe
1,131
Southern Europe 2,418
Italy
888
Portugal
396
Other Southern Europe
1,134
Eastern Europe 4,781
Poland
465
Russia
946
Other Eastern Europe
3,370
Other Europe (no country specified) 0
Asia 21,954
Eastern Asia 6,753
China
4,454

China, excluding Taiwan

4,048

Taiwan

406
Japan
769
Korea
1,530
Other Eastern Asia
0
South Central Asia 7,542
India
4,165
Iran
1,526
Other South Central Asia
1,851
Southeastern Asia 5,080
Philippines
2,192
Vietnam
1,741
Other Southeastern Asia
1,147
Western Asia 2,287
Israel
309
Lebanon
87
Other Western Asia
1,891
Other Asia (no country specified) 292
Africa 13,912
Eastern Africa 6,957
Northern Africa
1,602
Western Africa
3,809
Middle and Southern Africa
1,472
Other Africa (no country specified)
72
Oceania 1,217
Australia and New Zealand subregion 1,217
Oceania (no country specified) 0
Americas 40,859
Latin America 38,287
Caribbean
9,304

Cuba

1,585

Jamaica

3,208

Other Caribbean

4,511
Central America
21,763

Mexico

3,360

El Salvador

12,757

Other Central America

5,646
South America
7,220

Brazil

1,138

Colombia

1,296

Other South America

4,786
Northern America 2,572
Canada
2,572
Other Northern America
0
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1990 26,761
1990-1999 17,281
2000-2009 26,076
Since 2010 24,999
%
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 100%
Born in Africa 14.6%
Born in Asia 23.1%
Born in Europe 18.1%
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 40.3%
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 2.7%
Born in Oceania 1.3%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 17.2%
Country #2 4.1%
Country #3 3.4%
Detailed Region/Country of Birth* 100%
Europe 18.1%
Northern Europe 5.2%
United Kingdom 3.1%
Ireland 0.8%
Other Northern Europe 1.2%
Western Europe 5.3%
France 2.7%
Germany 1.4%
Other Western Europe 1.2%
Southern Europe 2.5%
Italy 0.9%
Portugal 0.4%
Other Southern Europe 1.2%
Eastern Europe 5.0%
Poland 0.5%
Russia 1.0%
Other Eastern Europe 3.5%
Other Europe (no country specified) 0.0%
Asia 23.1%
Eastern Asia 7.1%
China 4.7%
China, excluding Taiwan 4.3%
Taiwan 0.4%
Japan 0.8%
Korea 1.6%
Other Eastern Asia 0.0%
South Central Asia 7.9%
India 4.4%
Iran 1.6%
Other South Central Asia 1.9%
Southeastern Asia 5.3%
Philippines 2.3%
Vietnam 1.8%
Other Southeastern Asia 1.2%
Western Asia 2.4%
Israel 0.3%
Lebanon 0.1%
Other Western Asia 2.0%
Other Asia (no country specified) 0.3%
Africa 14.6%
Eastern Africa 7.3%
Northern Africa 1.7%
Western Africa 4.0%
Middle and Southern Africa 1.5%
Other Africa (no country specified) 0.1%
Oceania 1.3%
Australia and New Zealand subregion 1.3%
Oceania (no country specified) 0.0%
Americas 43.0%
Latin America 40.3%
Caribbean 9.8%
Cuba 1.7%
Jamaica 3.4%
Other Caribbean 4.7%
Central America 22.9%
Mexico 3.5%
El Salvador 13.4%
Other Central America 5.9%
South America 7.6%
Brazil 1.2%
Colombia 1.4%
Other South America 5.0%
Northern America 2.7%
Canada 2.7%
Other Northern America 0.0%
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1980 28.1%
1980-1989 18.2%
1990-1999 27.4%
Since 2000 26.3%
Number
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 73,561
Born in Africa 9,208
Born in Asia 12,503
Born in Europe 12,909
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 37,079
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 1,271
Cat28 585
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 El Salvador
Country #2 Jamaica
Country #3 China (exc. Taiwan)
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Region of birth 100%
Born in Africa 12.5%
Born in Asia 17.0%
Born in Europe 17.5%
Born in Latin America 50.4%
Born in Northern America 1.7%
Born in Oceania 0.8%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 21.6%
Country #2 4.4%
Country #3 3.2%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Number
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 55,287
Born in Africa 6,571
Born in Asia 9,760
Born in Europe 10,483
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 26,932
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 1,213
Cat21 328
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 El Salvador
Country #2 Jamaica
Country #3 United Kingdom
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Region of birth 100%
Born in Africa 11.9%
Born in Asia 17.7%
Born in Europe 19.0%
Born in Latin America 48.7%
Born in Northern America 2.2%
Born in Oceania 0.6%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 16.2%
Country #2 5.2%
Country #3 3.9%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Naturalization Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 95,117
Naturalized citizens 41,645
Noncitizens 53,472
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 41,645
Before 1980 3,363
1980-1989 3,851
1990-1999 9,587
2000-2009 15,869
Since 2010 8,975
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 43.8%
Noncitizens 56.2%
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 100%
Before 1980 8.1%
1980-1989 9.2%
1990-1999 23.0%
2000-2009 38.1%
Since 2010 21.6%
Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 73,561
Naturalized citizens 22,050
Noncitizens 51,511
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 30.0%
Noncitizens 70.0%
   
   
   
   
   
   
Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 58,887
Naturalized citizens 17,228
Noncitizens 41,659
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 29.3%
Noncitizens 70.7%
   
   
   
   
   
   
Fertility Foreign Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 33,900
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 1,191
% married among women who gave birth
55.1%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth
44.9%
U.S. Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 171,316
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 7,384
% married among women who gave birth 50.4%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth 49.6%
Foreign Born
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
   
   
Household and Family Size

Note: Data for Alaska, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the Census Bureau's pooled 2011-2015 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2015 ACS. 2) The letter N indicates that a number could not be provided by the Census Bureau because the number of sample cases was too small for this state.

Foreign Born
Average household size 2.44
Average family size 3.26
U.S. Born
Average household size 2.21
Average family size 3.13
Foreign Born
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
Foreign Born
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
 
Population
Population
Population
Children under 18 Number
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents

Note: Refers only to children under 18 who resided with at least one parent. Beginning with the 2014 ACS, the Census Bureau is excluding children of same-sex married couples from the total number of children. This means that the total number of children may be smaller than in previous years.

 
Children under age 18 with 110,141
Only native parent(s)
83,268
One or more foreign-born parents
26,873

Child is native

22,980

Child is foreign born

3,893
Children under age 6 with 49,043
Only native parent(s)
37,600
One or more foreign-born parents
11,443

Child is native

10,631

Child is foreign born

812
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 61,098
Only native parent(s)
45,668
One or more foreign-born parents
15,430

Child is native

12,349

Child is foreign born

3,081
Children in Low-Income Families

Note: Refers only to children under 18 who resided with at least one parent. Beginning with the 2014 American Community Survey, the Census Bureau is excluding children of same-sex married couples from the total number of children. This means that the total number of children may be smaller than in previous years. The term "low-income families" refers to families with annual incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty threshold.

47,621
Only native parents 38,319
One or more foreign-born parents 9,302
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents*  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 75.6%
One or more foreign-born parents 24.4%
Child is native 20.9%
Child is foreign born 3.5%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 76.7%
One or more foreign-born parents 23.3%
Child is native 21.7%
Child is foreign born 1.7%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 74.7%
One or more foreign-born parents 25.3%
Child is native 20.2%
Child is foreign born 5.0%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 80.5%
One or more foreign-born parents 19.5%
Number
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 100,769
Only native parent(s) 82,593
One or more foreign-born parents 18,176
Child is native 13,595
Child is foreign born 4,581
Children under age 6 with 36,172
Only native parent(s) 28,441
One or more foreign-born parents 7,731
Child is native 6,751
Child is foreign born 980
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 64,597
Only native parent(s) 54,152
One or more foreign-born parents 10,445
Child is native 6,844
Child is foreign born 3,601
Children in Low-Income Families* 51,874
Only native parents 43,596
One or more foreign-born parents 8,278
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 82.0%
One or more foreign-born parents 18.0%
Child is native 13.5%
Child is foreign born 4.5%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 78.6%
One or more foreign-born parents 21.4%
Child is native 18.7%
Child is foreign born 2.7%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 83.8%
One or more foreign-born parents 16.2%
Child is native 10.6%
Child is foreign born 5.6%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 84.0%
One or more foreign-born parents 16.0%
Number
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 103,840
Only native parent(s) 90,815
One or more foreign-born parents 13,025
Child is native 8,987
Child is foreign born 4,038
Children under age 6 with 39,353
Only native parent(s) 34,202
One or more foreign-born parents 5,151
Child is native 4,353
Child is foreign born 798
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 64,487
Only native parent(s) 56,613
One or more foreign-born parents 7,874
Child is native 4,634
Child is foreign born 3,240
Children in Low-Income Families* 48,511
Only native parents 42,658
One or more foreign-born parents 5,853
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 87.5%
One or more foreign-born parents 12.5%
Child is native 8.7%
Child is foreign born 3.9%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 86.9%
One or more foreign-born parents 13.1%
Child is native 11.1%
Child is foreign born 2.0%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 87.8%
One or more foreign-born parents 12.2%
Child is native 7.2%
Child is foreign born 5.0%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 87.9%
One or more foreign-born parents 12.1%

Sources: Migration Policy Institute tabulations of data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) and Decennial Census. Unless stated otherwise, 2015 data are from the one-year ACS file. For information about ACS definitions, methodology, sampling error, and nonsampling error, click here. Estimates from 1990 and 2000 Decennial Census data as well as ACS microdata are from Steven Ruggles, Matthew Sobek, Trent Alexander, Catherine A. Fitch, Ronald Goeken, Patricia Kelly Hall, Miriam King, and Chad Ronnander, "Integrated Public Use Microdata Series: Version 4.0" (Machine-readable database, Minnesota Population Center [producer and distributor], 2011).

Definitions

  • The term "foreign born" refers to people residing in the United States at the time of the population survey who were not U.S. citizens at birth. The foreign-born population includes naturalized U.S. citizens, lawful permanent immigrants (or green-card holders), refugees and asylees, certain legal nonimmigrants (including those on student, work, or some other temporary visas), and persons residing in the country without authorization.
  • The term "U.S. born" refers to people residing in the United States who were U.S. citizens in one of three categories: people born in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia; people born in U.S. Insular Areas such as Puerto Rico or Guam; or people who were born abroad to at least one U.S. citizen parent.
  • The term "low-income families" refers to families with annual incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty threshold.

Data-related notes

  • The letter N indicates that an estimate could not be provided by the Census Bureau because the number of sample cases was too small for this state.
  • For “Median Age” and “Household Size”: Data for Alaska, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2011-2015 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2015 ACS.
  • Region of birth: For 1990, 2000, and current ACS year, the total for the region of birth of the foreign born is different from the total foreign born. This is because the 1990 total excludes those who did not report a country of birth and those born at sea, while the 2000 census and the current ACS year totals exclude those born at sea.
  • Countries of birth: These are the largest countries of birth reported by the Census Bureau. Some countries are only listed as part of a larger geographic region. For example, those born in Somalia are included only among those born in Eastern Africa. Therefore, a few states may have larger populations of foreign-born persons born in countries not listed individually in census data. For each of the three years, countries of birth reflect geographic boundaries as of that year.
  • Beginning with the 2014 ACS, the Census Bureau is excluding children of same-sex married couples from the total number of children. This means that the total number of children may be smaller than in previous years.
  • Children of immigrants: Refers only to children under age 18 who resided with at least one parent. These figures do not include children under age 18 who reside in a home with no parents.