How the President Affects Migration To and From Washington, D.C.

The President is Washington, D.C.’s most prominent resident, but they tend to only stick around every eight years, maybe four.

Like the residents of the White House, the population of DC is transient as well. As the political tides in the country shift, oftentimes so do the people who live and work in Washington.

With President-elect Trump poised to make his move to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, we thought we would take a look at U.S. Census Data and see how migration to and from D.C. varied following the re-election of George W. Bush and the election of Barack Obama in 2008.

While the census groups together migration data in five-year chunks that make direct comparisons difficult, there are some interesting patterns at work here. Most notably that people moving to D.C. came primarily from Democratic voting states, regardless of who was in the White House. In addition, far less people moved out of D.C. between 2010-2014 than in 2006-2010. The disparity is likely due to the changing of the guard that took place in 2008.

With a new administration about to take power, it will be very interesting to see how much of an exodus takes place.

DC movement

Infographic by Dan Mantena

Al Harris