Measuring Progress in the Greater Washington Region: 2001 Potomac Index

May 01, 2001

Funding: Brookings Institution

Summary: America Online, Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Meyer Foundation, Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP. The 2001 Potomac Index charted the Washington region’s progress on a series of indicators grouped around five major themes. Research indicators show that the Greater Washington region has a strong economy, a highly educated population, and an extensive educational, philanthropic and nonprofit sector. It lags in performance on other indicators with a shortage of affordable housing, poor water quality in the Anacostia River, significant traffic congestion, poor air quality, and consumption of land in excess of population growth. A survey conducted for the Index showed that four out of five residents rate the region as an excellent, very good, or good place to live.