A majority of D.C. residents – 55 percent – say the quality of life for people in Northwest D.C. has gotten better in the past decade, the highest rating for any quadrant, according to a new Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll. More than four in 10 say life in Northeast and Southwest D.C. has improved, while just over a third say so about Southeast D.C. Younger residents in Northwest and Northeast see greater progress in their home region than their elders. Fully two thirds of Northwest residents ages 18 to 49 say quality of life in the region has improved in the past decade, while 42 percent of those over age 50 say the same.
Residents tend to see more progress in their own part of the city than those who live in other areas. For instance, 52 percent of those living in the Northeast quadrant say the quality of life there has gotten better in the past decade, but that drops to 42 percent of those who live in other regions. And almost six in 10 Northwest residents say it has improved, while 51 percent of residents in other quadrants say the same about the area.