D.C.’s population grew just shy of two percentage points over last year, according to data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau, making the District the third-fastest growing “state” in the U.S., only behind North Dakota and Colorado. D.C. was the sole jurisdiction on the East Coast among the top ten fastest-growing states; the rest—with the exception of Canada-bordering North Dakota—are located in the South and West.
Between Jul. 1, 2014 and the same date this year, D.C. gained roughly 12,392 residents, from 659,836 to 672,228. As statehood advocates have tended to point out, that figure puts the District’s estimated population above Wyoming (586,107) and Vermont (626,042), whose populations didn’t budge much.
Mayor Muriel Bowser‘s administration was quick to capitalize on the reported numbers as a sign of economic health and demographic vitality for D.C. “The District has added more than 70,000 residents since the 2010 census and just over 100,000 residents in the 15 years since the census in 2000,” it noted in a release this morning. “This trend puts the District on track to bypass its previous peak population in 1950 of 802,000 within the next two decades.” Additionally, while D.C.’s “natural increase” (births minus deaths) came in at more than 4,000 people, domestic and international migration appear to to play a big part in the District’s growth, with net counts—meaning more people moved in than out—of 3,731 and 4,551, respectively.
You can see how D.C. stacked up against its (fully congressionally represented and budgetarily autonomous) peers here.
Table via U.S. Census Bureau