The new American Community Survey results were released recently for the Census Bureau. They show how the population has shifted from year to year. And Georgetown’s census tracts are among them. As always, they are awfully interesting.
Before GM goes too far, it’s important to remember that the ACS has estimates that are then averaged (over five years in this case). There’s a big error rate too. But it’s good enough for our purposes!
So to lets it then:
According to the ACS, the estimate of Georgetown’s population retracted a bit last year. In 2010, the estimate was 10,315 (this excludes Georgetown’s campus). This year the estimate is 9,621. This drop is most attributable to the change in one particular demographic. In 2010, the ACD estimated there were 2,639 20 to 25 year olds in the West Village. Now it estimates 1,467. It’s unlikely there was a huge exodus of 20-somethings. For what it’s worth, the Census itself counted 2,316 20-25 year olds.
Breaking it down further, the baby boom continues. According to the ACS there are 564 children under the age of 6. The 2010 estimate pegged this group at 400. The total number of children under 10 is now estimated to be 771, up from 651.
There are a lot for teens too. The 15 to 19 year old group jumped from 326 to 797.
Now compare these numbers to what the Census found in 2000. Back then there were only 8,524 people in Georgetown. And there were only 305 children under the age of 6. There were only 836 children under the age of 20 in 2000. Now the ACS estimates there to be 1,164. That’s a 39% jump in just 11 years.