Fewer than half of D.C. region's residents are native-born; continues decades-long decline

      People walking along southeast Washington's Barracks Row. (AP photo)

      WASHINGTON (WJLA) -- Think trees. Towering trees.

      Then think about this.

      If one took a glance at the physical landscape of D.C., Maryland and Virginia, based on a fascinating, interactive fact-based analysis by the New York Times, there would be no trees.

      Because there are no roots.

      Because there were no seeds.

      In a place such as the D.C. region, that's hardly a stunning revelation. Even so, it's interesting to look at a breakdown of native-born residents over the years and get a comprehensive look at exactly how much the immediate region is changing.

      For example:

      In Virginia, in 1970, 65 percent of the state residents were born there. In 2012, 49 percent were.

      In the District, in 1970, 49 percent of D.C. residents were born there. In 2012, 37 percent were.

      In Maryland, in 1970, 57 percent of the state residents were born there. In 2012, 48 percent were.

      The state-by-state breakdown in the Times' interactive map includes a few eyebrow-raising numbers and what might as well be a new phrase, "Go East, Young Man."

      And plant trees.

      Here's a link to the story and the interactive map: