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DC population tops 700,000 for first time since 1970s

Cherry Blossoms at the Tidal Basin. (ABC7)

The population of the District of Columbia reached 702,455 as of July 1, 2018, according to figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

After decades of declining population, the District’s population has been rising every year since 2006. The population growth from the 2010 census to the 2018 estimate is more than 100,000, a 17 percent increase.

In 1950, DC’s population was 802,178, but it had declined in every official census since then until 2010. By 2000, the population was down to 572,059, a 29 percent decrease since 1950. The 2010 census showed a 5.2 percent increase in ten years to 601,723.

From 1970 to 1980, the District lost 118,177 residents, a decline of 15.6 percent.

“Over the years, we’ve made big investments in making DC a great place live, do business, raise a family, and grow old. Our continued growth shows that those investments are paying off,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a statement on Wednesday.

“As our growth continues, we’re going to stay very focused on finding new ways to ensure residents across all eight wards—those who just moved here and those whose families have lived here for generations—have access to the amenities and opportunities that make DC such a fantastic place to live and work.”

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