There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
According to an analysis released Monday by D.C.’s Office of Revenue Analysis, I, Andrew, have the 16th most popular name among D.C. taxpayers, the 19th most popular name among registered D.C. voters, and the 36th most popular name among D.C. natives who possess Social Security cards. (I’m not a native, but that’s where I fell.)
The data offers a revealing snapshot of the District as well as some key variations in political-party affiliation for a city that votes overwhelmingly Democratic. The stats are based on three sources: 2013 income-tax filings, active-voter-registration records (those for people who vote in every presidential election), and Social Security numbers since 1910.
Michael and Mary were the two most popular names for men and women: For example, more than 6,000 Michaels and 3,600 Marys are registered to vote—roughly 1.3 and 0.8 percent of D.C.’s 463,990 registered voters, as of June 2015. Still, those names have actually dropped in popularity since their peaks in the 1940s and ’50s, showing they’re not D.C.-millennial names:
“Anybody who has a basic understanding of politics will notice that most Republicans are in higher-income neighborhoods west of the park,” Lang said. “Then you’ll see that the rest of the city, east of the park, [accounts for] a large number of Democrats. That’s something you’d expect.”
Among Democrats, Lilly was the most common name; among Republicans, Tyler. (Apparently, Jareds tend to be Liberatrians, and if you vote Green, then you’re unlikely to be named Laura.)
Lang added that his office did not use race or socioeconomics as variables in its calculations. “We’re not trying to draw any conclusions, we’re just putting out the data. And it’s fun to do.”
If you’re lucky (or unlucky) enough to have made the top 500 names, you can see where the numbers put you over at ORA’s District, Measured blog.
Screenshots via District, Measured