The Center for Regional Analysis (CRA) at George Mason University has issued a research report that examines changes to the demographics of the Washington metropolitan area’s population and school enrollment between 2007 and 2012. The report makes use of newly released 2012 data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS).
The report documents that 92 percent of population growth in the Washington area since 2007 was among non-White populations, particularly those of Hispanic or Asian descent. These patterns have been uniform throughout most of the region; the only exceptions are in the District of Columbia, where White population growth has been strongest, and in Arlington, where the Black/African American population has been the fastest growing. Enrollment growth in the region’s primary and secondary schools between 2007 and 2012 was almost entirely from Hispanic students, with the exception of Arlington, where Hispanic enrollment actually declined.
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