Chart of the week: Are D.C.’s 25-34 year olds leaving the District because of pandemic telework? 

March 11, 2022
  • Bailey McConnell
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With the rise of teleworking and shifting preferences in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the District of Columbia finds itself at greater risk of losing its young professional population. In the first year of the pandemic, the largest population group that left the District was young adults. Of the residents who moved out of the District in 2020, 54 percent were aged 25 to 34 (margin of error: 0.5 percent).

The city’s outflow of residents in this age group was greater than the inflow, resulting in a net loss of 16,097 residents aged 25-34 (margin of error: 1,483), or 89 percent of the city’s net population loss (margin of error: 14.7 percent). This is a relatively large share, considering this group accounted for 23 percent of the city’s total population in 2019. Even when accounting for some of the relatively high margins of error in the data, the greatest loss in residents by age group is still those aged 25 to 34. 

In an upcoming publication, we will dissect these trends further, looking at what other groups left the city in the pandemic, whether or not these moves are permanent or temporary, and likely explanations for the city’s population loss.


Bailey McConnell

Former Research Director, Rivlin Initiative
D.C. Policy Center

Bailey McConnell is Research Director for the D.C. Policy Center’s Alice M. Rivlin Initiative for Economic Policy & Competitiveness. In this role, she assists with the management and implementation of the Policy Center’s economic and competitiveness research. Prior to joining the D.C. Policy Center, Bailey worked as a Research Analyst in the Washington, D.C. office of HR&A Advisors, a real estate consulting firm. She has also worked as an Legislative Intern with the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and as an Economic Opportunity and Financial Inclusion Intern with the National League of Cities. 

Bailey is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Boston University. 

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