I always love looking through new population estimates from the Census Bureau. New numbers, estimated as of July 2009, have just come out, and it appears the District is just a few hundred people short of crossing the 600,000 threshold. From 2008 to 2009, the District was the fifth fastest growing state, in percentage terms. Only Wyoming, Utah, Texas, and Colorado did better. And for the first time this decade, the District had a net increase in domestic migration — population growth wasn’t solely due to natural increase and international migrants.
The transformation the city has undergone in the last decade, set against the stunning decline it experienced during the previous 40 years, is really remarkable.