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Number of Births and Birth Rates

The number of births steadily decreased during the 1990s, plateaued during the early 2000s, and steadily increased between 2006 and 2016. The number has decreased each year since.

Number of Births in Washington, DC 1990-2020

Source: Natality Data, Vital Records Division, Center for Policy, Planning and Evaluation, DC Department of Health
Note: Excludes non DC resident births and includes DC resident births occuring in other states 

The greatest number of births since 2010 has been in Wards 8 and 4, which is consistent with these wards being home to the largest number of public school students as well. Wards 5 and 6 have the next largest number of births followed by Ward 7. Births in Wards 8 and 4 steadily decreased after 2016.

Number of Births by Ward, 2010-2020

Source: Natality Data, Vital Records Division, Center for Policy, Planning and Evaluation, DC Department of Health
Note: Excludes non DC resident births and includes DC resident births occuring in other states. Wards are 2012 boundaries. 

 

Birth rates, measured as the number of births per 1,000 population, decreased between 1990 and 2000 from 19.45 to 13.40 births per 1,000 population. The rate increased to 15.22 births per 1,000 population in 2010 and is now estimated to have dipped to 12.86 births per 1,000 population.

Birth Rate in Washington, DC, 1990-2020

Sources: Source: Natality Data, Vital Records Division, Center for Policy, Planning and Evaluation, DC Department of Health
Note: Excludes non DC resident births and includes DC resident births occuring in other states. Population from the US Census Bureau.

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