The latest census found that the number of D.C. residents ages 20 to 34 jumped 23 percent between 2000 and 2010, according to an article in Thursday’s Washington Post. That surge in young people was responsible for almost all of the city’s growth during the decade.

((Evy Mages for the Post))

The Post reports that Washington is alluring to college graduates looking for a strong job market and lively neighborhoods. (Areas of the city that saw the greatest influx were Capitol Hill, Northeast, downtown, Shaw and Logan Circle.)

The signs of change are evident in packed sidewalk cafes, bike lanes, bars popping up on H Street and new condo developments. But, as one online commenter complains: “Dating in DC still sucks...there are like 5 dudes for every girl.”

What do you think? Why do you think D.C.’s 20-and-30-something scene is growing? Will it continue growing?

(And you can read the full article, here.)