City Paper is not for tourists
D.C seems to be shedding residents, at least locally—-23,202 to Maryland and 10,593 to Virginia last year—-while the states aren’t sending as many back our way. Only about 13,503 moved to D.C. from Maryland, and about 7,915 crossed over from Virginia:
Stronger job growth and a healthier housing market in the region account for much of the mobility, said Lisa Sturtevant of George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis.
“While [the D.C.-area housing market] is still slow, it’s possible to sell your home and move to a bigger one,” Sturtevant said. “We’re not anywhere close to being back to normal, but compared to other places, we don’t have as many people underwater.”