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Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 12/21/2012

More people than Vt., but no vote in Congress

The Census Bureau just released its population estimates for the states and territories. The District has just passed Vermont in population. It was already larger than Wyoming.

The estimate now puts D.C. at 632,323. Vermont has 626,011. The District is also the second-fastest-growing state or territory, growing 2.15 percent from July 2011 to July 2012, second only to North Dakota’s 2.17 percent. (Thanks to EdTheRed for the tip!)

This means that six voting members of the House and Senate now represent places with smaller populations than the District, which has zero. Four Democratic senators, including retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), just introduced a bill supporting statehood for D.C., which is very welcome, but would be even more welcome coming before the very end of the congressional session, when there’s no time for a hearing, let alone action.

Update: The Census didn’t release numbers for cities and counties, but D.C. probably now has more people than Baltimore. We shouldn’t root for Baltimore stagnation, though. It would be great if people looking for walkable neighborhoods and working in places like Fort Meade also considered Baltimore. Maryland could help push this by investing in MARC service and funding the Baltimore Red Line rather than focusing primarily on sprawl highways.

David Alpert is founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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