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Featured Research
The Region’s Future Housing Needs

The Region's Future Housing Needs

June 2015 – Between 2011 and 2023, the Greater Washington region is projected to add 410,380 new households, including workers and their families, retirees, students and others . This analysis forecasts the Area Median Income group of the households, as well as the type and tenure of the housing units they occupy.

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Improving the Region’s Global Competitiveness

Improving the Region's Global Competitiveness

November 2014 - The Washington DC region is facing unprecedented challenges to its economy. CRA has reviewed how the region is doing relative to the global economy and proposed an agenda for improving its competitiveness.

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Cognitive Dissonance and the Future of the Rental Market

Cognitive Dissonance and the Future of the Rental Market

May 2015 - The purpose of this paper is to examine how and where rental residences have formed over the past 25 years and why this cluster of preferred rental housing choices has moved over time.

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CRA Working Paper Series (recent releases)

CRA Working Paper 2014-03: Real Property Assessment Trends in the Washington Region, 2005-2014, December 2014
CRA Working Paper 2014-02: A Profile of Higher Educational Institutions in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area, May 2014

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Roadmap to the Region’s Future Economy—Progress Reports to Research Sponsors

Recent Publications and Reports

Recent Presentations

CRA Census Series

In the News
” The federal government is a major contributor to the local economy. It isn’t free money though, and the real story here is that the Washington area workforce works very hard. We have more wage-earners per household than any metropolitan area” – Dr. Fuller on the impact of the federal government on the region’s affluence


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Regional Indicators

Wash Metro Unemployment Rate*
4.7% (Sep-15), down 0.7% from Sep-14
Green arrow up #3 Wash Metro Jobs*
3.2M (Sep-15), up 53.3K from Sep-14
  Wash Metro Median Home Price**
399K (Oct-15), down 0.2% from Oct-14

* Not Seasonally Adjusted
** Eight-jurisdiction region as defined by RBI


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