Area residents flee, while immigrants move in

Area residents flee, while immigrants move in

By: David Sherfinski
Examiner Staff Writer
June 13, 2010

Washington-area residents moved out of the District and the inner suburbs over the past decade, while thousands of immigrants poured in.

More than 40,000 District residents left the city between 2000 and 2009, according to new census data. More than 100,000 Fairfax County residents left the county, while about 86,000 immigrants moved in. Across the Potomac River in Montgomery County, nearly 90,000 immigrants moved in and 67,717 residents left.

“Wherever there [are] economic options and prosperity, there will be opportunities for newcomers,” said Alan Kraut, a professor of immigration history at American University.

The majority of most local jurisdictions’ population increases were “natural,” or births outnumbering deaths. In some outer Virginia suburbs, however, migration — both domestic and international — accounted for most of the population growth.

Loudoun County’s population grew by more than 100,000 during the first decade of the 2000s, as 95,450 people moved in — 7,556 immigrants and 87,884 domestic migrants.

Of the 53,569 people who moved into Prince William County, 43,165 were domestic movers and 10,404 were international migrants.

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