On June 20, 2022, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Charts of the week: A pandemic-induced exodus has broken the District’s population boom, was cited by the Washington Examiner:
The availability of remote work, the persistence of pandemic-related restrictions, and the rise of crime and inflation have all contributed to a stream of people finding homes outside their cities even after the height of the pandemic in 2020.
“In many cases, there was a shift from larger, more populous counties to medium and smaller ones,” the Census Bureau noted about trends observed in 2021.
Washington, D.C., lost more people in 2021 than it had in the previous two decades, according to the D.C. Policy Center.
While the population in much of the area declined after the pandemic, nearby Frederick County, Maryland, and Stafford County, Virginia, experienced strong population growth.