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How Georgetowners Make Their Money

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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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Walls Can’t Talk But the Census Does

Last November, GM moved into a house on 33rd St. City records say the house was built in 1900, but that’s the default year the city lists when the house was built before 1877 or the city just doesn’t know when the building was built. But from a database GM has, he was able to identify that the original building permit was issued to a Mr. D. Haggerty in 1895 (if you’re curious when your house was built, drop GM a line). So GM’s home was built sometime around 1895, but what GM was really curious about was who actually lived there. And that’s where the Census comes in.

The Census records from 1930 and earlier are publicly available (responses to the Census are confidential for 70 years). Most of what these records get used for is to build family trees, which they can be invaluable for. And that’s why the best websites for accessing old census records are typically genealogical websites. GM uses a pay website, Ancestry.com, but a good free one is FamilySearch.org. The problem is that they don’t normally let you search the census records by address. So in order to find your house’s record, you need to learn how the forms work and how to browse them.

Start with this one from 1900. Right at the top is President William McKinley and his family. If you read down the left side you’ll see that the street is Pennsylvania Ave. The second column tells you what street number the house is (except that in this particular case, no address is listed, so maybe it’s not a great example, but you can see how President McKinley’s neighbors, the Morisi family at 1710 Pennsylvania Ave., have their house number listed). Continue reading

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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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ANC Redistricting Ahead?

In April, GM forecasted the possible changes to the ANC boundaries that could come as a result of the redistricting process now underway. Well, yesterday the Subcommittee on Redistricting issued guidelines for ANC and SMD redistricting that put more meat on the bones and can start to color in what changes Georgetown could see.

According to the guidelines, each SMD (that’s single member district, or practically speaking the district of each commissioner) ideally must contain 2,000 residents. The SMDs can vary from this ideal measure by 100 residents in either direction. So in other words, each SMD must have between 1,900 and 2,100 residents.

By GM’s calculations, after the last Census, the SMD populations stack up like this:

  • SMD 1 – 2449
  • SMD 2 – 1919
  • SMD 3 – 2037
  • SMD 4 – 3102
  • SMD 5 – 2529
  • SMD 6 – 2308
  • SMD 7 – 2122

Note, SMDs 3 and 1 include several GU dorms, but there is no Census data broken out by dorm. So GM used the dorms’ capacities, which is actually how they did in ten years ago. 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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The Morning Metropolitan

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • Ward 2 is going to have to get smaller, but since Wards 7 & 8 have to get larger, it’ll probably be the eastern parts of Ward 2 that get moved to another ward. (Plus Jack Evans is on the redistricting committee, so he’s unlikely to redistrict himself out of a job, or rather second job).
  • Here’s that Vogue article with an excerpt from Carol Joynt’s new book.

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Georgetown by the Numbers: Getting Here

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GM has written a bit on who lives in Georgetown and how we get around, but today he’s going to ask: how’d we get here. Well, maybe not how specifically, more like when and from where.

Here are the answers to those questions according to the American Community Survey:

When We Got Here:

According to the ACS, here’s how it breaks down as to when Georgetown residents arrived to the neighborhood (this is by household, not resident):

Moved in 2005 or later 38.36%
Moved in 2000 to 2004 28.32%
Moved in 1990 to 1999 18.21%
Moved in 1980 to 1989 10.73%
Moved in 1970 to 1979 1.57%
Moved in 1969 or earlier 2.81%

So most people got here since 2000.  Unsurprisingly, owner-occupied units tend to have been occupied longer than rental units:

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