Washington DC Metro Area

This page includes the metropolitan area around DC. For statistics on only the city of Washington, DC see:

Washington DC has the 4th largest Black population with 1,490,421 African Americans which is 25% of the total metro area. That would be more than 2 million if you were to add the Baltimore metropolitan area which some do because technically they are in the same market. DC is well known for consistently being one of the top metro areas to live for African Americans.

Washington DC has strong ties to Black American history. It once was a major slave port and much of the planned city was constructed by slave hands. The Black population of DC swelled during the migrations north and to urban centers from their rural homes.

The Black population grew and DC became one of the few Black majority cities in the nation. After the riots and Civil Rights movement African Americans began to migrate to the suburbs creating America’s largest Black middle class community in adjacent Prince Georges County MD.

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Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metro

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The report consists of data tables compiled from the 2011 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates and compares the Black Metropolitan population to the total Metropolitan population all in one 8 page report for $2.99. (see below for report details)

This report includes 289 data comparisons regarding 33 topics:

  • Total number of races reported – (1 data comparison)
  • Sex and age – (19 data comparisons)
  • Relationship – (6 data comparisons)
  • Households by type – (18 data comparisons)
  • Marital status – (18 data comparisons)
  • Responsibility for grandchildren under 18 years – (3 data comparisons)
  • School enrollment – (12 data comparisons)
  • Educational attainment – (12 data comparisons)
  • Class of worker – (5 data comparisons)
  • Commuting to work – (8 data comparisons)
  • Employment status – (14 data comparisons)
  • Occupation – (18 data comparisons)
  • Industry – (14 data comparisons)
  • Poverty rates for families and people – (19 data comparisons)
  • Income – (30 data comparisons)
  • Housing tenure – (5 data comparisons)
  • Selected monthly owner costs as a percentage of household income in the past 12 months – (3 data comparisons)
  • Owner characteristics – (4 data comparisons)
  • Gross rent as a percentage of household income in the past 12 months – (3 data comparisons)
  • Gross rent – (2 data comparisons)
  • Units in structure – (5 data comparisons)
  • Year structure built – (7 data comparisons)
  • House heating fuel – (5 data comparisons)
  • Selected characteristics – (3 data comparisons)
  • Residence 1 year ago – (8 data comparisons)
  • Place of birth, citizenship status and year of entry – (16 data comparisons)
  • World region of birth of foreign born – (7 data comparisons)
  • Language spoken at home and ability to speak English – (4 data comparisons)
  • Fertility – (4 data comparisons)
  • Veteran status – (2 data comparisons)
  • Disability status – (8 data comparisons)
  • Health insurance coverage – (4 data comparisons)
  • Vehicles available – (3 data comparisons)

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