DC market developments
The United States’ DC Area has been the centre of attention in many ways during recent years. In terms of cement consumption, while the area achieved nearly 20 per cent growth last year compared to its 2010 trough, it may be some years before previous peaks are achieved. By Rob Roy, ROI Consulting, USA.
The District of Columbia had a population of 646,000 in 2013, but in the much wider Washington DC metropolitan area it reached 17.6m. Throughout this article the DC Area comprises Delaware (DE), District of Columbia (DC), Maryland (MD), Virginia (VA) and West Virginia (WV).
In recent years, the DC Area has been the centre of attention economically, financially as well as politically, as America and most of the world suffered through the Great Recession. Everyone looked to Washington for solutions to what ailed the country and the world. Unfortunately, there was no consensus about this and both ends of the political spectrum seemed more concerned with their own political advantage than helping the nation.