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Hitting the Books

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This week GM is strolling through the recently released Census data finding interesting tidbits about Georgetowners. Today he takes us back to school.

Here’s what grade level Georgetown’s students are at:

  • Nursery/Pre-school – 198
  • Kindergarten – 26
  • Grades 1-4 – 95
  • Grades 5-8 – 191
  • High School – 78
  • College – 1713 (note that GM is not including Census Tract 2.01, which is the GU campus, so these numbers include just off campus students) Continue reading

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Where Georgetowners Came From

This week, GM is exploring the most recent Census data which reveals fascinating data about the who, what, where, and how about us.

Today, GM’s looking at the question of where we all came from.

First of all, a good number of Georgetowners came from here. Well, DC at least. Twelve percent of to be exact. Of all Georgetowners, 82% are U.S. born. So 69% were born outside of the District.

Of the Non-District born US-natives, the regional origin breakdown goes like this:

  • Northeast – 41%
  • Midwest – 21%
  • South – 28%
  • West – 10%

As a New Englander himself, GM’s glad to see that his fellow Northeasterners are still so dominant.

Of the 18% of Georgetowners who are foreign born 41% are naturalized American citizens. Continue reading


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The Georgetown Household

This week, GM is going through the recently released 2010 American Community Survey data from the Census. Today he’s exploring the Georgetown household.

A household, in Census parlance, is a single living unit. It can be a studio apartment all the way up to Evermay. And the ACS uses survey data to generate stats on what the average household in Georgetown looked like over the past five years. Here are the interesting bits:

There are 4,881 households in Georgetown. Of those, 89% are occupied, and 11% are vacant.

Of all the households, 6.74% are single family detached homes. A full 49% are single family attached homes (i.e. a rowhouse). Four percent are part of a structure with two units, and 3% are part of a structure with three to four units. Thirty percent of households are part of apartment buildings with 20 or more units.

It’s not a surprise that 63% of Georgetown households were built before 1939 (in fact the only surprise is that it’s not higher). A few percentage of Georgetown homes were built in each decade since then, with the exception of the 1980s, when 11% of Georgetown homes were built. Continue reading


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How Georgetowners Make Their Money

Photo by Thomas Hawk.

Last week, GM belatedly realized that the Census had released its updated American Community Survey numbers for 2010. This data gives a detailed picture of the American people, and the Five Year Estimates that the ACS produces can be drilled down to the level of a neighborhood as small as Georgetown.

So this week, GM will likely be trolling through these data sets looking for interesting information. And today that information answers the question: where do Georgetowners work? Here’s where:

  • Construction/Manufacturing – 3%
  • Wholesale/Retail Trade – 3%
  • Information – 6%
  • Finance/Insurance/Real Estate – 9%
  • Professional/Scientific/Management – 27%
  • Education/Health Care – 16%
  • Arts/Entertainment/Recreation – 6%
  • Other Services (non public) – 10%
  • Public Administration – 20%

Some of these categories are a little too broad (for instance, GM would like to see “professional”, “scientific”, “education” and “health care” as separate line items). But it nonetheless gives you a flavor for what Georgetowners “do”.

Another interesting metric is what class of worker Georgetowners fall into:

  • Private Sector Wage/Salary – 68%
  • Public Sector – 22%
  • Self-Employed – 9%


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Georgetown’s Phantom Density

There are many benefits to living in a dense city. The most obvious is that with so many people living in close proximity, their joint buying power and habits can support shops and restaurants within walking distance. It’s why a corner shop like Sara’s can survive in a totally residential neighborhood in a way that it couldn’t in a suburban subdivision (where it would probably be illegal in the first place).

But GM got to thinking about that density when he noticed that Sara’s instituted summer hours recently (on Sunday they don’t open till 1:00 and close at 7:00). It’s a reasonable easing of their normal hours, but GM believes it reflects one of the fundamental characteristics to Georgetown that will continue to seriously limit the amount Georgetowners will be able to support locally oriented businesses: not enough Georgetowners actually live here full time.

This was one factor that the owners of Griffin Market cited in their closing, namely that too many Georgetowners only live here part of the year. This was based on their own anecdotal evidence, but GM looked into the Census records and found some statistical evidence to support the observation. Continue reading


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Georgetown’s Population Didn’t Boom That Much Afterall

Last Friday, GM posted a particularly breathless report on the huge jump in the population count for Georgetown in last year’s census. The overall increase was 1,791, a 21.01% increase. Moreover, He found that the biggest gains in population were concentrated on the lower west side where there was an increase of 1,351 residents from 2000 to 2010.

GM cautioned that it would take a look at the block-by-block numbers before we could be certain where the growth specifically was. Well, he did just that, and the only conclusion he can reach is that the boom was primarily a product of increased reporting from students living outside the gates in GU residences.

Below is a map showing the blocks where there was a net gain of more than 50 residents from 2000 to 2010:

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Georgetown’s Population Booms

Update: GM’s enthusiasm got a little ahead of him. The boom is probably more a result of reporting changes. Read more here.

Yesterday, the U.S. Census released the results for the 2010 Census for D.C. While many immediately focused on the city-wide numbers and how they¬†reflect rapidly changing demographics, GM dove into the neighborhood numbers. And what he found was absolutely astounding. Since 2000, Georgetown’s population has boomed.

Specifically, since 2000 Georgetown has added a whopping 1,791 net new residents. That brings the total number of Georgetown residents to 10,315, an increase of 21.01%. Ward 2 grew the most of all the wards, and even that was only at a 16% pace. That means Georgetown was likely one of the fastest, if not the fastest, growing neighborhoods in Ward 2.

And where did this growth occur? By a long, long shot it was on the lower west side of Georgetown. Check out this map:

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