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Demographics

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Population by Age

After years of increasing, the District's population of children and youth has started to decrease.
  • DC’s population of children and youth (under age 18) went from roughly 124,600 in 2017 to 124,200 in 2022 (single-year estimates).
  • DC’s population of young adults ages 18-24 shrank more signifcantly during the same period, from roughly 74,800 to 68,300.
192,572 Children, Youth, and Young Adults Reside in DC
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Race & Equity

Children Under 5
44%
Black
18385
28%
White
11495
17%
Lantinx
7184

Population by Race

Children and youth continue to reflect the “Chocolate City” moniker, but just barely.
  • While a majority of children and youth under age 18 are Black, the share of Black children and youth has declined in DC over the last five years to 53%.
  • One in four DC children and youth have at least one parent who was born abroad.
  • DC’s population of 18- to 24-year-olds has similar demographics to the overall population. DC’s young adult population is whiter than DC’s children and youth: 43% are Black, 11% are Latinx, and 36% are white.
192,572 Children, Youth, and Young Adults Reside in DC

Equality versus Equity

When you advocate for equality, you settle for less. In other words, if the starting points are staggered and children and young people are given the same kind of resources, the outcome will still be equally staggered because not everyone came from the same place.
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Population by Ward

Where DC’s children and youth live.
  • Wards 7 and 8 are home to more than one-third of DC’s children and youth under age 18.
  • DC’s Latinx child and youth population is clustered, with over half living in wards 1 and 4 and almost two-thirds living in wards 1, 4, and 5.
DC Children and Youth Living in Each Ward

Find more information about all the demographic measures in our data references section and visit our appendix to download a table with the full DC KIDS COUNT 2024 data set.