Seven billion people in the world- what's happening in the District?

According to United Nations predictions, the human population will reach 7 billion people on October 31, 2011 – most likely thanks to a baby born in China or India.

But what are the birth trends in the District of Columbia?

The total number of births in DC has been steadily increasing since 2002. In 2008, the number of births totaled 9,134, an increase of 19.1 percent since 2000.

This increase has been driven primarily by Hispanic mothers. Between 2001 and 2008, while all other ethnic and racial groups maintained steady birth rates, the birth rate of Hispanic women jumped by 52 percent.

While the nation’s population on the whole is aging, the District’s age demographics have remained stable with the exception of the 25-34 age bracket. Census data over the last three years illustrate a growing young professional population. This age group could very well start their families here and the District must be adequately prepared for a rapid growth of the under-five population.

This data only further contributes to the ongoing demand for increasing investments in early childhood education, child care programs, and public schools.

These children will one day be our city’s workforce and we must provide them with the foundation to succeed in the future!