• Millennial View


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    ULI survey gathers key insights into region’s young residents They prefer to ditch the car and walk, bike or take public transit to work. Almost half have advanced degrees. Most don’t have children and don’t expect to soon. They tend to rent apartments that come with roommates. And while they might want to buy a... More


  • D.C.’s Educated Population


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    Earning a high school education is the building block of success and Washington D.C. metropolitan area residents shine in that regard. Only 9.8 percent of  residents aged 25 or older don’t have a high school diploma. That’s better than all but two – Seattle and Boston – of the 11 D.C. Dashboard benchmark regions. Washington... More


  • Unemployment Rate Falls


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    Washington D.C.’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 4.3 percent in September 2015, down 0.7 percentage points from the September 2014 rate. D.C.’s jobless rate was below the benchmark average of 4.5 percent and had the 5th lowest unemployment rate of all benchmark peers. The metropolitan region with the highest unemployment rate was Los Angeles at 5.7... More


  • A Diverse Population


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    The Washington D.C. Metropolitan Statistical Area is much more racially and ethnically diverse than its benchmark peers. According to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 25.2 percent of D.C. residents are Black or African American, the second-largest percentage among the 11 benchmark regions. Hispanic or Latino residents make up 15.1 percent of the... More


  • High Homeownership Rates


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    About 62.7 percent of Washington D.C. residents own their home, the third-largest homeownership rate in 2014 among all benchmark regions. Only Philadelphia and Chicago have a higher percentage of owner-occupied housing. To learn more about how homeownership rates in Washington D.C. compare to benchmark regions, take a look at the Homeownership Rate Indicator More


  • Smoking Declines


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    Smoking rates in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Statistical Area remain one of the lowest among the 11 benchmark regions, according to the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some 14.6 percent of residents in the region are smokers, above only Los Angeles and San Francisco. To learn more about how health in... More