It's "Christmas Eve In Washington." And, as the song goes, Washington is "America's home town."
But many Americans seem to be interested in making Washington their actual home town...by moving to DC.
Reuters got an advance look at a study to be released in January by United Van Lines, America's largest household moving company. It shows that 64% of all household moves in DC came from outside its borders in 2012 - a higher percentage than any of the 50 states (Oregon is second, followed by Nevada, North Carolina and South Carolina).
A separate report last week from the Census Bureau revealed that DC's population increased by 2.15% between July 2011 and July 2012. The District was edged out by the oil-boom state of North Dakota (a 2.17% increase in population) - but easily outgained the next states on the list: Texas (1.67%) and Wyoming (1.60%). The most recent jump in the number of DC residents comes on top of a 5.1% increase in the city's population from 2010 to 2012 - higher than any state.
So that's why our "city sidewalks" are indeed "busy sidewalks."
What states are people leaving? Reuters says the United Van Lines study showed that the highest proportion of outbound household moves in 2012 took place in New Jersey, followed by Illinois, West Virginia, Michigan and New York.
According to the new Census report, the total population in two states actually declined in the 12 months ending this past July: Vermont and Rhode Island.