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Race and Ethnicity of Adults and Children

The US Census provides population counts by race and ethnicity. The greatest number of adults living in Washington, DC are African American, at approximately 248,400 residents per the 2017 estimate. This was a 8,611 person decrease between 2000 and 2010; the number of African American adults has since increased between 2010 and 2017. The number of white adults has been increasing since 2000 and is now estimated at 227,346 people.  As of 2017, there are an estimated 55,769 Hispanic adults, which is an increase of 22,244 people since 2000.

The greatest number of youth in Washington, DC are African American. This group was estimated to have decreased by 18,688 children between 2000 and 2017. The number of Hispanic children increased by more than 9,300 children during this time period and white children increased by more than 14,300 children between 2000 and 2017.

Number of Adults and Children in the District by Race/Ethnicity, 2000-2017

Sources: Census and Population Estimates
Note: The Hispanic category can include individuals of any race. The other two racial 
categories do not include individuals who identified as Hispanic or Latino.

 

The following displays the shares of adults and children by race and ethnicity over time. These pie charts reflect how the race/ethnicity of adults and children have become more diverse.

Share of Adults and Children by Race/Ethnicity, 2000-2017

Sources: Census and Population Estimates
Note: The Hispanic category can include individuals of any race. The other two racial 
categories do not include individuals who identified as Hispanic or Latino.

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