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Most Hill Households Are Single and Child-Free, Data Shows

by Andrea Swalec February 18, 2015 at 3:10 pm 12 Comments

Marital and family status data in 20003 zip code, 2013

(Updated at 4 p.m.) Capitol Hill is beloved for being family-friendly, but most tax-paying households are single and without kids.

Data released by the city today shows that 65 percent of tax-payers who lived in the 20003 zip code were single and child-free in 2013 — the most recent year for which data was available.

Just 11 percent of “family types” were classified as married with dependents in the zip code, which covers the southern portion of Capitol Hill, most of Hill East and Navy Yard. Fifteen percent of 20003 tax-payers were classified as married with no dependents, and 9 percent were unmarried with dependents.

The data from the D.C. Office of the Chief Financial Officer is based on 2012 tax returns, on which people listed where they lived in 2013.

A smaller percentage of married people and a larger percentage of single people with dependents lived in 20002 — which covers the northern portion of Capitol Hill, part of Hill East, the H St NE corridor and NoMa. Twenty-two percent of tax-payers in 2013 were single with dependents.

Marital and family status data in 20002 zip code, 2013

The 20024 zip code, which covers the Southwest waterfront, had a greater percentage of singles without dependents, at 71 percent. Just 4 percent of tax-payers there were married with dependents.

Marital and family status data in 20024 zip code, 2013

Data released by the D.C. financial office last month showed that Capitol Hill is one of the most popular District neighborhoods for new parents. In 2011, more new parents lived in the 20002 zip code 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 data shows.

  • Taxes!

    Andrea, careful with your headlines. You’re conflating people with tax filing households.

    • Thanks. I updated it make it more clear that the data refers to tax-paying households.

      • anon

        They’re all “tax-paying households” — that’s not really the point. A “household” is simply a filer. Any house with roommate(s) contains multiple “households”, versus a single family which would most likely include 1 “household”. This would obviously heavily skew the numbers towards individual adults, as dependents (ie children) would generally not be counted individually (I suppose some may have investement portfolios and be required to file, but that’s more of an exception)

        • Some data on how many people share homes with roommates (and thus have separate households for tax purposes), would add to the story. I’ll look into it.

          • Dude

            Are you doubling the married households? In the 20003 example there are 74 singles for every 26 married households. That’s 74 singles and 52 married people. That closes the gap without even factoring people who are cohabiting, but not legally married (guessing there are more in this status than single who are reporting being married…)

  • Ken

    Any data on say 1995? Anecdotal evidence
    suggests the number of families with kids has grow over that time period.

    • I don’t have any right now from the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, but I bet a deep-dive of Census data could answer that.

  • Better Schools

    If the schools were better, presumably more families would stay. Many of those families in 20002 having kids will up and leave too. So much for a stable neighborhood and tax base.

    • Actually, the previous story said that families studied DID stay on the Hill, at a higher rate than families with new kids did elsewhere in the city

      • Better Schools

        Maybe, but lots of families still move. Better schools would increase family retention.

  • RDnDC

    There’s also the “transient” factor. People who move into DC, call DC home for a couple of years and for whatever reasons, leave DC. Replacement transients often replace those who left. A unlicensed rooming house on my block with absentee landlord, has 5 adults (plus their 5 cars, 3 of which have out of state tags) living there. Over the years, there’s been plenty of changes within that household.

  • Holly Harper

    What changes when you look at these statistics based on age? In our row of 15 houses, 9 of them are “grandma/grandpa” age – single without dependents. Most of them were “with dependents” 20 years ago, but aren’t now. It would be more interesting to see who is “with dependents” but also in the “with dependents” age bracket. Also, I would also like to see how this is changing over time.


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