Information About Washington

The total estimated population is 566,825. Density is high at 9,477 persons per square mile.

Races of Residents

Population by Race: Black: 341,740; White: 173,064; Asian: 15,006; Two or More Races: 13,244; American Indian: 1,674; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 313; Other Race: 21,784; Hispanic Population: Hispanic or Latino: 44,511 (8%); Not Hispanic or Latino: 522,314 (92%)

There are 73,196 foreign born residents, of which 29.9% are naturalized citizens.

Most Common Birthplaces

Foreign Born: El Salvador: 15,847; Jamaica: 3,206; China (not including Hong Kong or Taiwan): 2,201; United Kingdom: 2,171; Ethopia: 2,158; Mexico: 1,978; Guatemala: 1,888; U.S. Born: This State: 224,046; South: 131,628; Northeast: 67,134; Midwest: 32,830; West: 31,187;

Most Common Foreign Birthplaces in Washington Most Common US Birthplaces in Washington

The sex distribution is 47% male and 53% female. The median age is 34 years.

Age Distribution

There are 19,868 married couples with children and 28,223 single-parent households (3,765 men, 24,458 women).

The median household income is $44,339 in 1999 dollars.

Median Household Income Comparisons

U.S.: $41,994; District of Columbia: $40,127; Washington: $44,339;

20% of the population lives below the poverty line.

Poverty Level Comparisons

U.S.: 12%; District of Columbia: 20%; Washington: 20%;

Household Income Distribution

In thousands of dollars.

Work Type and Occupations

Work Type: Private wage and salary: 138,120; Government: 67,842; Self-employed: 13,588; Unpaid family work: 391; Occupation: Management, professional, and related: 133,959; Professional and related: 84,737; Sales and office: 59,701; Management, business, and financial operations: 49,222; Office and administrative support: 42,275; Service: 42,094;

Work Types in Washington Common Occupations in Washington

The average commute time is 31 minutes to and from work.

Transportation to Work

Car or truck (drove alone): 98,509; Public transportation: 86,380; Walked: 30,450; Car or truck (carpooled): 28,186; Worked at home: 9,896; Bicycle: 3,035; Motorcycle: 202;

Transportation to work methods in Washington

Educational Attainment

Percent of population in Washington.

There are 273,395 housing units, of which 107,789 are single family homes.

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing

All Housing Units: Owner: 101,173; Renter: 145,804; Vacant: 26,418; Owner-Occupied: Mortgaged: 73,136; Not Mortgaged: 28,037;

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing in Washington

The median single family home value is $220,592.

Median Monthly Cost for Mortgaged Homes

U.S.: $1,088; District of Columbia: $1,291; Washington: $1,401;

Median Rent for Rental Units

U.S.: $519; District of Columbia: $577; Washington: $623;

The average household size is 2 and the median number of rooms in housing units is 4.

Housing Units By Year Built

1939 or earlier: 94,983; 1940 to 1949: 46,063; 1950 to 1959: 46,689; 1960 to 1969: 41,791; 1970 to 1979: 23,321; 1980 to 1989: 13,642; 1990 to 1994: 3,405; 1995 to 1998: 2,353; 1999 to March 2000: 1,148;

1.4% of homes lack plumbing and 2.5% lack telephone service.

Commonly Used Home Heating Fuel

Utility Gas: 161,765; Electricity: 59,379; Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.: 17,047; Bottled, tank, or LP gas: 4,402;

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