Skip to comments.Number of black D.C. residents plummets as majority status slips away
Posted on 03/24/2011 10:13:24 PM PDT by Publius804
The number of African Americans residing in the District plummeted by more than 11 percent during the past decade, with blacks on the verge of losing their majority status in the city for the first time in half a century.
According to census statistics released Thursday, barely 50 percent of the Districts population was African American in 2010 a remarkable shift in a place once nicknamed Chocolate City.
The black population dropped by more than 39,000 over the decade, down to 301,000 of the citys 601,700 residents. At the same time, the non-Hispanic white population skyrocketed by more than 50,000 to 209,000 residents, almost a third higher than a decade earlier.
The census statistics showed a steeper change for both blacks and whites than had been estimated. With the city s black population dropping by about 1 percent a year, African Americans might already be below the 50 percent mark in the city.
In a city that prides itself on being a hub of black culture and politics, a majority of residents have been black since whites began moving to the suburbs en masse at the end of World War II. By 1970, seven out of 10 Washingtonians were black.
The loss of blacks comes at a time when the city is experiencing a rebound, reversing a 60-year-long slide in population and adding almost 20,000 new residents between 2000 and 2010.
The demographic change is the result of almost 15 years of gentrification that has transformed large swaths of Washington, especially downtown. As housing prices soared, white professionals priced out of neighborhoods such as Dupont Circle began migrating to predominantly black areas such as Petworth and Brookland.
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The migration was just up Pennsylvania Avenue Extended into Prince Georges County, MD. Interestingly, SF also had a huge drop in its black population as yuppies moved into the city.
I think they are moving to Panama City Beach.
Interesting point. The influx of new residents is causing improvements and economic prosperity in some of these neighborhoods. But it’s “politically incorrect” to talk about such things. So instead, they are lamenting that the black majority in Washington, DC, is eroding, and that somehow that marks the end of a golden age or something.
Refugees from the ultra-corrupt democrat party and its Teachers Union.
An important comment made about the continuation of the article is a failure to mention the big increase in Hispanic residents as well as more Asians. On recent trips downtown, I hardly recognized the place it has become so lively at night, especially along lower 7th Street.
Did they all kill eachother?
This has been happening across the nation for at least the last 30-odd years. Blacks have been decentralizing from their old communities for at least that long.
In another twenty years, there won’t be any such thing as a homogeneous ‘black’ community anymore. Hopefully, that’ll be a good thing.
We’re talking about DC here. Nothing good can come from an economic boom in a city of shysters when the rest of the country rots. Whatever good fortunes come to DC come at the expense of the rest of us.
The steady growth of government in DC in the Clinton/Bush/Obama years is nothing good for the US. The poor being priced out of DC is the least of our worries.
Maybe I can finally go back to visit the Smithsonian and Georgetown.
I’ve never heard it called “Chocolate City”.
It’s always been Dodge City because of the likelihood of getting shot.
I’ve heard New Orleans called ‘Chocolate City’, by ex-mayor Nagin. As the numbers of lower middle class blacks become upper middle class they don’t have to stay in the city with its violence and follow the whites to the inner suburbs, like Prince George County Maryland and DeKalb County Georgia, while upper class whites move to gentrified inner city neighborhoods.
Oakland, CA and Detroit, MI have had major plummets, as well.
I do believe the high abortion rate has at least something to do with it.
I wouldn’t move to DC at gunpoint.
We took the bikes down there on a day trip years ago and it was nerve-wracking.
Every time you parked, you didn’t know if your bike would still be there when you came back.
It sucks because the Smithsonian and Commander Salamander in Georgetown are two of my favorite tourist traps.
“Did they all kill each other?”
To some degree, yes (see my abortion comment above).
There was a black pastor who peacefully stood in front of the abortion clinics in a black neighborhood in Oakland. He had an inoffensive sign, offering help or some such, or else he had inoffensive handouts, offering help.
Apparently he was in the ‘bubble zone,” unrepentant over it, and did several weeks in jail for it.
Hey, AG Holder, THAT’S a man who is standing up for “his people.”
Sadly there are too few of him.
Sort of, rental housing is being held off the market or converted and additional costs of the city have driven blacks out, but one of the largest reasons is the convenience of BART transit for the commuter criminal drug dealers, burglars, and strong arm robbers.
SF enforcement, and prosecution is so bad, plus it's excellent free public defender, that they can make piles more money commuting from Oakland.
It's because the same idiots keep electing this idiot to government positions. I CAN'T believe he's still around.
If this happened by me they’d say blacks were forced out by gentrification; I guess our class of nobles are exempted from that scrutiny.
I think that is looking at this through rose-colored glasses; the blacks are being displaced by Hispanics in their “old communities”, and with the lower birthrate (thanks to welfare reform) this isn’t a scenario where they’re moving into white neighborhoods - they’re just dying off and contracepting/aborting themselves into oblivion.
Maybe they are not indigenous to the United States..hence the decline.
For a few years, I have basically felt that my dollars could go to defense spending your Liberal dollars to Abortions.
“In another twenty years, there wont be any such thing as a homogeneous black community anymore. Hopefully, thatll be a good thing.”
If this happens it is going to become very difficult to draw the black majority Congressional districts in the south. It is possible the states will have to resort to noncontiguous districts.
I was recently in D.C. and it still seemed like a “chocolate city” to me.
Cause and effect.
The gentrification of Harlem is also creating some upset in New York.
It's all about political power. The new residents are displacing the old residents, and the new residents have little interest in re-electing politicians who cater exclusively to the interests of the black community.
Most have been aborted or shot in drive-bys.
Unfortunately, when your culture is based on murder, rap music, children out of wedlock, and welfare....your population numbers are going to shrink...whether from dispersal or death.
Also, with the push from the pro-Illegal/anti-American Hispano-Racist crowd, it is going to get worse for blacks in a lot of these cities. Blacks are not even the preferred minority anymore
There are several factors at work. First and foremost, DC has a lot of great neighborhoods, and many more that could be great once the yuppie to junkie ratio is under control. More and more areas are reaching that tipping point and flipping middle class. The price of living in the 'burbs is spending most of your non-working life in your car. The tradeoff is a bigger house vs. a two hour commute, and heaven forbid that there's an accident on 395 and all of Northern Virgina shuts down. By all means, if you work in Tysons or in the Dulles corridor, which is now the economic capital of Virginia, live in Fairfax, but given the congestion, it's painful to buy into a long commute.
The schools are still a big issue. Staying in the city tends to mean sucking it up and paying for private schools, which becomes a dollars vs. hours commuting decision. Charters have become common; more and more middle class parents are giving them a try. And even the battered DC public school system has a handful (but growing number) of schools that are gaining middle class acceptance. If we vouchered the schools and relieved at least some of the financial pressure on private schooling parents, the transformation of the city would accelerate dramatically.
I haven't been to D.C. since 1999 when we went to the thank you dinner for impeaching clinton.
When we drove around, we saw the slums not that far from the Capitol. We couldn't get over it.
I'm glad to hear about the gentrification.
The key to keeping this city black is jobs, jobs, jobs for black people so they can have a better quality of life in neighborhoods in the city, he added.
I believe in integration, but I dont believe in the apartheid we have in Ward 8. You dont see corner stores in Ward 3. You dont see the liquor stores.
Marion Barry sounds like a moron.
The gentrification may happen, but these are not by and large conservatives, they’re liberal elitists.
gentrification - now theres a new word for an old timer. Whats gentrification?
The DC politicians got the bright idea that more taxes helped the people that elected them. They didn’t realize that the poor paid those taxes as well. They priced the poor out of DC.
Blacks are moving into PG County, especially now that Metro goes fairly deep into it. The article fails to mention that the demographics in Anacostia haven’t followed the gentrification trend even though Anacostia is closer to the Capitol than many other parts of DC.
Blacks began fleeing DC and moving into PG County in large numbers over 30 years ago. It’s been a majority “minority” county for decades. The latest migration is fleeing PG County and heading further away from the city to Charles County.
As to the lack of gentrification in Anacostia: it just shows that some ghettos are more resistant to being civilized than others...
Illegals are the “new” majority. Even blacks are fleeing the inter cities to escape them.
It’s when the middle and upper classes move in and restore deteriorated urban property.
I had previously been to D.C. on a bus trip, and they don’t show you the ghettos. When we actually drove around ourselves, we were astounded at the slums near the capitol.
The first time I visited DC was in 1968 following the riots in the aftermath of the MLK assassination. We drove through areas that looked like war zones. Now that was eye opening. Since then I have visited a few more times. Some parts very nice other parts as you mentioned you have seen.
The 1968 riots ruined a lot of cities. Not that they were great before, but after that, city blocks were abandoned.
I can see gentrification of Anacostia coming, if not in my lifetime. The spouse actually remembers Anacostia as being a white enclave back in the 50s. He pointed out the J. Edgar Hoover home, still standing in Anacostia and some other fine old homes gone to seed. Once gentrification starts there, it will be a truly premium venue.
Big deal; exchanging one set of Marxist voters for another.
If that were true, then the black population would actually be going down, but it isn't. See below:
The truth is, the trend of black settlement is in a dispersal pattern, and has been, ever since the institutionalized practice of 'red-lining' ended some 30 to 40 years ago.
It began slowly at first, but picked up steam from about the mid-70s, on. What you say about Hispanics displacing blacks, is almost true. They're actually replacing blacks, as blacks move out of their former monolithic neighborhoods, and into mixed race communities.
My own family is a part of that dispersal, so this is a phenomenon that I'm intimately aware of.
The chart shows Hispanics as having less population than blacks in 2000, which wasn’t the case - they’d already passed them - and it shows Hispanics in 2025 at the level they’re practically at now!
I have eyes, and can see that many black co-workers (like white co-workers) have only one child, while Hispanics co-workers often have at least three. Here in NJ the official population stats are very different than what anyone can see “on the ground”; blacks in such stats probably include that “one drop” Jim Crow nonsense (as it applies in affirmative action). The fact that NJ cities are starting to elect Hispanic mayors is simply reflecting a trend where the “black” sections of the cities are shrinking, and if they are moving to other areas they’re finding a lot of Hispanics there, too. I don’t think blacks will ever reach 15% of the population; they were targeted for “birthrate reduction” and unfortunately it is working well.
You’re right that “replacing” is a better term geographically; Hispanics represent and are bearing the children that white & black Americans used to have. They are absolutely “displacing” the less-skilled Americans (of any color) in the workplace, and those people should be outraged; they cannot compete (nor should they have to) with workers who can accept a lower wage because they pay no taxes, are offered no workers comp insurance, drive without insurance, live under outright illegal occupancy conditions, etc.
Time (and our own lying eyes) will tell.