Black population in D.C. down to 50 percent

Updated 11m ago |

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly released Census data show that the nation's capital is on the brink of losing its black majority for the first time in 60 years.

By Jose Luis Magana, AP

Washington, D.C., is close to losing its black majority for the first time since 1950.

According to the 2010 Census, 50% of Washington's 601,000 residents are black, while 34.8% are white.

Ten years ago, D.C. was 59.4% black and 27.8% white. The district has gained 50,000 white residents and lost 39,000 black residents in the past decade.

The last time D.C. did not have a black majority was 1950.

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Overall, the district's population has grown by nearly 30,000 since 2000.

The new data show that increase was driven mostly by whites but also Hispanics — who can be of any race — Asians and multiracial people. ... nsus_N.htm