Nationals Park and Half Street

Nationals fans are paying more money to attend a baseball game this year in D.C. than fans do in most cities nationwide.

Nationals Park is the seventh most expensive stadium to see a Major League Baseball game, according to a new District, Measured analysis of Team Marketing Report data. To find the cost of attending a game, Team Marketing Report determines the amount a family of four people pays for four tickets, two beers, four soft drinks, four hot dogs, parking and two adult-size hats.

The cost of a regular ticket was $30.63 in 2010 and is now $36.02, according to the data.

At Nationals Park, a family of four can expect to spend $232.08. That sum puts the Nationals between the St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Twins.

The most expensive team to see is the Boston Red Sox, at $350.86. The least expensive team is the Arizona Diamondbacks, at $126.89. A family pays $211.68 on average to see an MLB game. The league has 30 teams.


Percent change in share of low-income households, 2002 to 2013 (Image via D.C. Office of Revenue Analysis)

(Updated at 5:40 p.m.) Low-income households accounted for a smaller portion of Capitol Hill in 2013 than they did a decade earlier.

New data from the D.C. Office of Revenue Analysis shows how the economic makeup of the District shifted from 2002 to 2013, according to income tax filings.

Sixteen percent of tax-paying households in the 20003 ZIP code were classified as low-income in 2013 — down from 24 percent of households in 2002, according to data from the city.

The data takes into account households of at least two people with income under $40,000 annually, and childless, single-tax fliers who made less than $20,000 annually. The amounts used are 2014 dollars.

In general, the percentage of low-income households climbed in neighborhoods in the outer reaches of the District and dropped closer to downtown.

A full third of tax-paying households in 20002 — which covers the northern portion of Capitol Hill, part of Hill East, the H St NE corridor and NoMa — were classified as having low incomes in 2013, the data shows. That share of the population was 11 percent lower in 2013 than it was in 2002. And a quarter of tax-payers in the 20024 ZIP code were classified as low-income in 2013, which is down 2 percent from 2002.

Ward 6 ZIP codes saw increases in the estimated number of low-income singles from 2002 to 2013, but decreases in the number of low-income families, the ORA data shows. This likely accounts for “students and recent college graduates who have high earning potential but currently don’t make much money,” the District, Measured data blog writer guessed.

The numbers exclude people who filed taxes as married but on separate returns, which accounts for about 3 percent of all local income tax filers.

Image via D.C. Office of Revenue Analysis

Correction: We fixed a math error in the initial version of this story.


Residential property assessments (Image via Office of Revenue Analysis)New data from the District affirms what longtime property owners on Capitol Hill already know — home values have climbed sky-high since 2000.

The total residential property assessment in Capitol Hill increased five-fold from 2000 to tax year 2016, according to estimates released last night by the D.C. Office of Revenue Analysis. The total assessment for the entire area designated as Capitol Hill was $556 million in 2000. The latest figure places that assessment at $3.339 billion.

The total increase for the District from 2000 to tax year 2016 was even higher, increasing about six-fold, according to the data. Much of this growth is attributable to the construction of new housing units.

The Southwest waterfront saw an even more drastic increase, of 766 percent. The total assessed property value in 2000 was just $198 million, the data shows. The latest figures place that value at $1.716 billion.

Neighborhood definitions were slightly different between 2000 and today, ORA said, but broad conclusions can still be drawn.

The full data is available on the District, Measured blog.

Image via Office of Revenue Analysis


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