WASHINGTON – Washington, D.C., is on the verge of a watershed in its turnaround, with the city’s population set to break 600,000 for the first time in almost two decades.
Recently released Census Bureau statistics show that the city is just a few hundred residents shy of the mark, with an estimated population of 599,657 as of July 1. That reflects a gain of almost 9,600 over the previous year.
In part because of the recession and the housing collapse, it is also the first time in decades that the city has not had a net loss of residents moving to the suburbs or elsewhere in the United States. Until this year, virtually all population growth in Washington was attributable to immigrants arriving from other countries.
Demographers and city officials said they consider it probable that the population has surpassed 600,000.