The Romanian Community in Washington, DC, Maryland & Virginia: Numbers & Facts

The Romanian Community in Washington, DC, Maryland & Virginia: Numbers & Facts

by Bogdan Banu

As an active member of the Romanian community in Washington DC,  I often get asked: how many Romanians live in the area, how large is the Romanian community in the Nation’s Capital, or how is the Romanian community spread-out in and around Washington DC?

Truth is that in the past 20 plus years I have lived here, I have heard a wide range of numbers – anywhere from 2,000 to even 30,000 Romanians living in the area. These are all, at best, guesstimates; the reality is that no one truly has an understanding or the knowledge as to how many Romanians actually live here.

A few weeks ago, as I was getting ready for a presentation I was putting together for the constitutive meeting of Romanians of DC, I decided that it was perhaps the time to try and answer these questions and find out how many Romanians actually live in the Washington, DC metropolitan area (also known as DMV). So, I started looking at U.S. census data and after spending a few hours trying to navigate the not-so-friendly database I was finally able to answer these questions. The answers surprise me or, perhaps the better word would be, underwhelmed me…

Read Bogdan’s full post on Facebook here:  https://www.facebook.com/notes/bogdan-banu/the-romanian-community-in-washington-dc-maryland-virginia-numbers-facts/10158203776219126/