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DCís population and image soar
Washington Post ^ | Dec. 21, 1011 | Carol Morello and Timothy Wilson

Posted on 12/22/2011 10:40:21 AM PST by Poundstone

The District has gained more than 16,000 residents since last spring, growing at a pace that outstripped anything seen in the boom years preceding it.

Census figures released Wednesday estimated the city’s population was 618,000 in July, up 2.7 percent from the census figure in April last year. The current growth spurt is so rapid that the District is on track to draw more newcomers in two years than it did in the entire decade before.

The District’s expansion is all the more remarkable when compared to the rest of the country, which is experiencing its slowest growth since the end of World War II.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dc; economy; federal; government

1 posted on 12/22/2011 10:40:30 AM PST by Poundstone
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To: Poundstone
The current growth spurt is so rapid that the District is on track to draw more newcomers in two years than it did in the entire decade before.

The big attraction?

Busy-Work jobs with the federal government and welfare.


2 posted on 12/22/2011 10:43:29 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: Poundstone

The connected thought would be: now what might cause this?


3 posted on 12/22/2011 10:43:43 AM PST by BelegStrongbow (St. Joseph, patron of fathers, pray for us!)
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To: Poundstone

Are these all new government employees?


4 posted on 12/22/2011 10:44:55 AM PST by Mr. K (Physically unable to profreed <--- oops, see?)
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To: Poundstone

I’ve lived in the Washington DC area since the mid-70s, leaving only for overseas tours of duty. The area has really been transformed — it’s got everything now, from the finest restaurants to the best shopping. Real estate anywhere within sane commuting distance of the District is still sky-high (hasn’t really gone down appreciably during the current national downturn).

I don’t see any sign of the boom weakening. New construction projects are going up all over the place, the area’s unemployment is VERY low (3.4% in Arlington County), public services are generally excellent. Just try to get a reservation at any of the hot restaurants in DC — you’re looking at a minimum of a two-week wait, if you’re lucky!

Very glad we bought our home in Arlington ten years ago. It’s appreciated nicely, including a big jump in the last year. But we have no plan to move.


5 posted on 12/22/2011 10:45:18 AM PST by Poundstone (A recent Federal retiree and proud of it!)
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To: Iron Munro
Like pigs to a trough.
6 posted on 12/22/2011 10:46:38 AM PST by yobid (Si vis pacem, para bellum, If you wish for peace, prepare for war)
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To: Iron Munro

My husband and I lived in DC when we were first married—many years ago. He was stationed at Boling Air Fore Base.

At that time, it was a really nice place to live—it even seemed safe to walk around after dark.

It’s a shame that it is now what it is.


7 posted on 12/22/2011 10:46:42 AM PST by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: Poundstone

Economic miracle!!!


8 posted on 12/22/2011 10:48:23 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny (A divided Congress is a Citizens friend and protector.)
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To: Poundstone

courtesy We the People in Flyover Country....


9 posted on 12/22/2011 10:49:10 AM PST by mo
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To: Poundstone
The Compost is understandably proud that the tax sucking parasites are making big advances in numbers and influence.

We will have true paradise when all are tax sucking parasites.

Until the first payday, that is.

10 posted on 12/22/2011 10:49:43 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it. (plagiarized))
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To: Poundstone
Hmmm, the Iranians & N Korea are working on a mega ton nuvulear device, which will be delivered via a Saudi Yacht up the Potomac River. I'd be nervous very nervous.
11 posted on 12/22/2011 10:56:38 AM PST by stubernx98 (cranky, but reasonable)
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To: Poundstone

New government employees coming in to populate Obama’s massive expansion of the various bureaucracies.


12 posted on 12/22/2011 11:00:40 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: basil
“My husband and I lived in DC when we were first married—many years ago ... At that time, it was a really nice place to live—it even seemed safe to walk around after dark.”

I lived in DC in the mid-70s and again in the early 80s. I travel on business to DC about once a year, on average. It seems safer now than it did back then.

13 posted on 12/22/2011 11:02:23 AM PST by riverdawg
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To: basil
My husband and I lived in DC when we were first married—many years ago. He was stationed at Boling Air Fore Base. At that time, it was a really nice place to live—it even seemed safe to walk around after dark. It’s a shame that it is now what it is.

I know exactly what you mean.

With the exception of the well policed enclaves like it has become a liberal run plantation/ghetto and a national embarrassment.

Each day all of the tourikst attractions close in plenty of time to bus the tourists out before the street people take over for the night.


14 posted on 12/22/2011 11:05:21 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: Poundstone

The ruling class taking the cream from the rest of the country for themselves. Happened in Rome too. Someday, after enough misery, the theft will become untenable and the barbarians will gather at the gates.


15 posted on 12/22/2011 11:05:29 AM PST by Scott from the Left Coast
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To: Poundstone
DC’s population and image soar Sore.

Fixed it.

16 posted on 12/22/2011 11:07:11 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Mr. K
Are these all new government employees?

Yes. Not only that but the entire area is only government.
17 posted on 12/22/2011 11:25:22 AM PST by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: riverdawg
I don't know anything but what I read about the crime rate there today. When I go to DC—the last time I went was for the really really big TEA party, we don't prowl around at night, but we do visit some of the historic sites in the daytime.

My husband and I lived there in the early 60’s. See, I said it was a long time ago, LOL!

18 posted on 12/22/2011 11:42:14 AM PST by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: Poundstone

Your tax dollars at waste.


19 posted on 12/22/2011 12:32:20 PM PST by manic4organic (We won. Get over it.)
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