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      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: http://nyti.ms/1Bgicbe