Density is a good thing for urbanism. More density means more shops and amenities nearby, better transit service and shorter walks. But what qualifies as dense? Overall city density is often reported, but a more telling statistic is neighborhood density.
Two maps show DC neighborhood density at the time of the 2000 census and 2010 census. I made the 2000 map using census.gov sometime after the 2000 census. Michael Rodriguez created the second map recently. Unfortunately the two maps use different scales, but they’re still informative.
In 2000, the densest census tract in the D.C. region was in northern Columbia Heights, between Spring Road and Newton Street. It had 57,317 people per square mile (ppsm).
In 2010 that tract is up to 59,209 ppsm, but that’s only good enough for second place in DC, and third regionally. The densest tract is now southern Logan Circle.
[Continue reading Dan Malouff’s post at BeyondDC.]
Dan Malouff is an Arlington County transportation planner who blogs independently at BeyondDC.com. 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.