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D.C.’s baby population is on the rise — thanks to wealthy folks

Courtesy of District, Measured.

The story of D.C.’s residents becoming younger, wealthier and more educated is nothing new. (In fact, we’ve written about it time and time again.)

So, it’s no surprise that the city’s children are also coming from wealthier households.

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To illustrate the trend, here are some numbers showing just how much these higher-income families are contributing to the baby boom from District, Measured — the blog from the District’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer.

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Both high-income and low-income families are driving the baby boom, but the highest-income families saw the biggest increases. Still, lower-income children in the District continue to outnumber children in the middle and higher income brackets. The higher income bracket, however, is trending to catch up with the middle-income group.

District, Measured defined low-income as households earning less than $50,000; middle income as households earning between $50,000 and $150,000; and higher income as households making more than $150,000.

These trends don’t persist, however, once the students hit school age. For children between the ages of 6 and 11, there was only an increase in the higher-income bracket. The number of children in this age group in the lower- and middle-income brackets declined slightly. (The declines are small and fit within the margin of error.)

District public schools are trying to boost enrollment in their long under-enrolled schools, and a big part of that hinges upon them being able to keep families from fleeing to the suburbs once their children hit school age. These numbers show that there are more young parents living in the District, but a large number of them are still leaving before their children enter the school system.

“Is this proof of gentrification? The general trends suggest yes. When we look at children of all ages, only the higher-income group has, on net, added children,” according to District, Measured.

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