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March 25, 2011 / Omar J. Peters

Less Chocolate in the “Chocolate City”?

Black Pop. Change in D.C. Census 2000 to 2010

The Washington Post reported that D.C. is has experienced a decrease in Black population in the last 10 years.

According to census statistics released Thursday, barely 50 percent of the District’s population was African American in 2010 — a remarkable shift in a place once nicknamed “Chocolate City.”

The black population dropped by more than 39,000 over the decade, down to 301,000 of the city’s 601,700 residents.

The included interactive map indicates that all but one of the  District’s 8 Wards, saw a decrease in Black population from 2000 to 2010. Wards 1, 2 and 6 each saw up to 26% decrease.

Where may have the Blacks gone? Another glance at the map shows over 50% increases in Black population in many of the outlining areas in Virginia and Maryland.

The Post postulates that reasons for the decrease may include gentrification that has transformed parts of the City such as Petworth and Brookland, making it harder for working class families to afford to live in D.C.

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