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Do you plan on leaving Washington, D.C.?

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While Washington, D.C. is known for its transience, it’s still a city that has been growing at a very fast—and even surprising—rate. In December 2016, U.S. Census Bureau data showed that D.C.’s population reached a little over 681,000, a figure not seen since the 1970s.

At this rate, the District’s population is expected to surpass the all-time high at around 800,000 in the next decade.

Despite this, Washington Business Journal is quick to note that while people have been flocking to D.C., there has still been a massive amount of people leaving each year, causing it to be highly dependent on international immigration and births.

According to Washington Business Journal, the growth rate in the D.C. metro area has slowed, dropping from 1.9 percent in 2011 to 1.5 percent in 2013 to 0.9 percent recorded in 2016.

For those who are leaving, who plan to leave, or who simply fantasize about finding a way out, why? Where will (or would) you move? And do you ever see yourself coming back?

Let Curbed know in the comments below.

Washington, DC Population Now Highest in 40 Years [DC.gov]

DC’s population is exploding [Greater Greater Washington]

Visualizing D.C.’s population density in comparison to New York, Los Angeles [Curbed DC]