News

13 Charts That Explain How Washington Has Changed Since 1965

Among the most dramatic changes in Washington over the past 50 years include annual tuition increases (a whopping 4,000% at the highly selective Sidwell Friends School—from $900 in 1965 to $37,750, today) and the percentage of area-workers employed by the U.S. government decreasing by half. Take a look at our quantitative guide documenting other significant, and sometimes surprising, changes to Washington over the last half century.

Figures represent most recent available data. Sources: US Census Bureau; Baseball-Reference.com; Sidwell Friends School; DC Department of Transportation; Washington Post; Ethiopian Yellow Pages, 2103; Bureau of Labor Statistics; Economic Modeling Specialists Intl.; Smithsonian Institution; Pennsylvania Railroad; Amtrak; Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority; National Weather Service; Alliance for Audited Media; Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

This article appears in our October 2015 issue.

Get Our Weekend Newsletter

The best DC news, delivered straight to your inbox.
Or, see all of our newsletters. By signing up, you agree to our terms.