Twice as Many "Outers" as "Inners"
We're not talking navels.
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Government's latest projections show that by 2040 nearly twice as many people will live in the region's outer jurisdictions (2.1 million) than in its central jurisdictions (1.2 million). Over the next 30 years, the number of new outer suburban jurisdiction residents (701,000) will outnumber new central district residents (264,000) by nearly 3-1.
By 2040 the outer suburbs also will have 50% more households than central jurisdictions. During the next three decades outer jurisdictions will add 264,000 households vs. only 119,000 central jurisdiction households.
This outward trend extends even to jobs, where new outer suburban jobs (364,000) will exceed new central jurisdiction jobs (333,000).
Outer jurisdictions include Loudoun, Prince William and Stafford in Virginia and Calvert, Charles and Frederick in Maryland. Central jurisdictions are the District of Columbia, Arlington and Alexandria.
In the COG classification system inner suburban (not central) jurisdictions include Fairfax, Montgomery and Prince William Counties. This means Chantilly, Herndon, Reston, Bowie, Gaithersburg and Rockville residents are counted as part of the region's inner area.
For more information on historic and projected population, household and job trends, click here.
The outward shift of population, households and jobs is not new. However, disproportionate attention continues to be focused on urban areas where planned transportation infrastructure is already in place to the detriment of outer jurisdictions that are still waiting for roads and Potomac River bridges promised decades ago.
Building a Transportation Network
that Serves All the People
Requires Greater Investment in
Areas Where Most Taxpayers Live