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Census Shows DC's First Growth In 60 Years

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The District of Columbia has seen its first population growth in 60 years based on 2010 Census data, surpassing the milestone of 600,000 residents.


The numbers announced Tuesday show the nation's capital grew steadily over the past decade to 601,723 residents this year. That's an increase of 5.2 percent from 572,000 residents in 2000.




Washington's population had been declining since the suburban flight in the 1950s until this turnaround fueled by a real estate boom and the federal government's expansion after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.


The city reached its peak of 802,000 residents in the 1950 census after decades of growth during the New Deal and World War II.
Overall, the nation experienced its lowest rate of growth since the 1930s.


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