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DC only place where share of white population increased last year: Census

Greg Nash

Washington, D.C., was the only location in the U.S. where the white share of the population increased in the last decade, according to newly released data from the Census Bureau.

Thirty-eight percent of the D.C. population was white in 2020, according to the Census Bureau, up from the 34.8 percent recorded in 2010. That change represents a 3.2 percent increase over the past 10 years.

All 50 states in the U.S. saw the white share of their populations decrease. Washington state tracked the largest drop, moving from 72.5 percent in 2010 to 63.8 percent in 2020, an 8.7 percent change.

Massachusetts saw the second largest drop in white population, moving from 76.1 percent in 2010 to 67.6 percent in 2020, an 8.5 percent decrease.

D.C., however, does not have a plurality white population, though it does come close.

Almost 50 percent of D.C.’s population was Black or African American in 2020, followed by white at 38 percent and Hispanic and Latino at 11.3 percent, according to to Census Bureau.

D.C. also led all 50 states and Puerto Rico in housing unit growth in the last decade at 18.1 percent, according to census data. Utah came in second with 17.5 percent, followed by North Dakota at 16.7 percent and Texas at 16.2 percent.

Hawaii was rated the most diverse state in the country in 2020 based on the Census Bureau’s diversity index, which measures the probability that two people chosen at random will be of different racial and ethnic groups.

The U.S.’s overall diversity index was 61.1 percent in 2020, which was an increase from the 54.9 percent tracked in 2010.


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