A report released today by the District shows Capitol Hill is one of the most popular D.C. neighborhoods for new parents.
In 2011, more new parents lived in the 20002 zip code — which includes the northern portion of Capitol Hill, part of Hill East, the H St NE corridor and NoMa — than any other D.C. neighborhoods but Petworth and Brightwood Park. Most people who lived in the area when their children were born in 2007 still lived there five years later, the report shows. Of the 182 people born in the 20002 zip code in 2007, 101 of them still lived in the zip code at age 5.
The data issued Wednesday by the D.C. Office of the Chief Financial Officer tracks D.C. parents who stay and leave the city, based on 2001-2012 income tax data. Overall, D.C. residents were more likely to leave the city once they have their first child. For people who had their first child in 2007, about half disappeared from city tax records by their child’s 5th birthday. Of people who stayed in D.C., about 25 percent changed zip codes. Middle-income parents, who made between $35,000 and $146,000 annually, were more likely to leave D.C. than their low- or high-income peers.
More new parents lived on the Hill in 2011 than did in 2007. The number of people with a new baby in the 20002 zip code in 2007 was 182. That figure rose to 218 in 2009, 248 in 2010 and 257 in 2011, the data shows.
The number of new parents in the 20003 zip code — which covers the southern portion of Capitol Hill, most of Hill East and Navy Yard — also grew. Just more than 100 new parents lived in the area in 2007. That figure climbed to 140 in 2011.
The number of new parents in the 20024 zip code — which covers the Southwest waterfront — was lower. Just 23 Southwest residents were new parents in 2007, and 27 in 2011.