Is life getting better or worse?

Over the past 30 years, population growth has altered our cities, the recession has caused massive job losses, and the income gap between rich and poor has widened. Let us know what you think.

Married couples at a record low

Married couples at a record low

Barely half the adults in the U.S. are married, down from more than 70 percent in the 1950s and 60s.

No rush to retire in D.C. area

No rush to retire in D.C. area

The percentage of Washington area residents 65 or older still working or looking for a job tops the national average.

Washington region has nation’s lowest poverty rate

Washington region has nation’s lowest poverty rate

The census reported Thursday that 8.4 percent of people living in the Washington region were poor, the lowest rate in the nation.

D.C. enclaves reap contracting boom rewards

D.C. enclaves reap contracting boom rewards

Billions in federal contracting dollars have helped Washington become one of the wealthiest areas in the country. Great Falls in particular benefits.

Great wealth in Great Falls

Great wealth in Great Falls

Nowhere in the D.C. area is wealth more concentrated than in Great Falls, in Northern Virginia.

Nearly 1 in 6 Americans in poverty

Nearly 1 in 6 Americans in poverty

The Census Bureau releases new data showing a continued rise in poverty.

Special report: Segregation

The new American neighborhood

The new American neighborhood

PART 1 | Around Washington and across the country, the archetypal all-white enclave is vanishing.

Pr. George’s: Growing, and growing more segregated

Pr. George’s: Growing, and growing more segregated

PART 2 | As all-white enclaves disappear from the D.C. area and parts of the country, all-black neighborhoods are on the rise in the Prince George’s.

WASHINGTON, DC MARCH 20: Brian Cohn, left, talks to Amber Coe as Tamica Daniel, lower center right, laughs with Seema Kumar, far lower right, at the Big Bear Cafe in the Bloomingdale neighborhood on Sunday 03/20/2011 in Washington, DC. The cafe has become a microcosm of the changing neighborhood. There has been increasing diversity in race and age whithin Bloomingdale. (Photo by Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

What they think in Bloomingdale

In a neighborhood representative of D.C.’s drastic demographic shift, whether the changes are good depends on where you sit.

Census data offers complete portrait of Hispanic growth

Census data offers complete portrait of Hispanic growth

Hispanics accounted for more than half the nation’s growth over the past decade, while Asians are on track to have added more people than blacks.

Census graphics

Explore the 2010 census

In Virginia, the hispanic population is skyrocketing and the white population is dwindling. In the Maryland suburbs, diversity is growing. These stories and many more come from the census data that is displayed in this map. Use it to reveal your own stories.

Map: Diversity and segregation in the D.C. area

A Washington Post analysis of census data since 1980 shows a diversifying region as well as an increasing number of black “segregated neighborhoods.”

A shrinking majority

Washington remains largely segregated but is more racially mixed than in 1990. On both sides of the city, the white and black pluralities have been diluted.

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