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: