2.1 out of 10

Fort Dupont

38.886429332512 -76.9502063548505
Great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Internet Access
  • Parking
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Lack of Traffic
Not great for
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
  • Safe & Sound
  • Medical Facilities
  • Neighborly Spirit
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Students
  •  

Reviews

1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Dont let the green fool you"

Just because there is a park, does not mean you should want your kids to stay there. While the park certainly ups the green factor in this neighborhood, one need only look at the crime statistics to decide against living here. That it is almost adjacent to Benning Ridge, another less reputable neighborhood, should be a good sign that you should probably look some place else. Just look at the photos here. It should also be a good sign that there are basically only photos of fields, not buildings.
Pros
  • cheap housing
Cons
  • high crime rate
Recommended for
  • Professionals
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Challenges"

Fort Dupont is a neighborhood of approximately 6,370 residents located in the southeast part of the city. Many consider this neighborhood to include Fort Dupont itself as well as the residential neighborhood to the south of the city as well. In 2010 homes in this neighborhood, as well as the residential area to the south of the park, had a average price of $191,838, with 38% being owner occupied. This neighborhood to the north of the park seems to have a high percentage of multifamily style homes, although you will find numerous row style homes as well as a few single family homes.

Schools in the neighborhood include Sousa Middle School, the Seed School of Washington D.C. and Plummer Elementary School PCS. Recreational facilities can be found at the Benning Stoddert Recreation Center. Public transportation is limited to several Metro Bus stops. Restaurants and shopping are not available here and residents will need to venture out to other neighborhoods. Green space can be found within the neighborhood as well in the adjacent Fort Dupont, but one should be cautious as most of the area is wooded.

Crime is a problem according to recent crime statistics with crimes against people and property commonplace. As usual one should look at the most recent crime statistics to make an informed decision concerning the risks prior to making a decision on where to live. This neighborhood has a lot of challenges to overcome.
Cons
  • high crime rate
Recommended for
  • Singles
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Lock your doors"

Fort Davis Park is close to Barry Farm and some other less-than-ideal neighborhoods, but feels a world away. Rather than the quiet desperation seen in many other neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River, or the poverty seen throughout much of wards 7 and 8, Fort Davis Park plays host to upwardly mobile residents. A throwback to the days of segregation, most residents are black. However, most are professionals of some sort, or occupy management positions. The issues with drugs and violence which plague all too many in DC don’t exist in Fort Davis Park. Rather, it is a safe place to raise children. With a mixture of housing options, all of them affordable, there are plenty of families. In addition, parents ensure their kids get a proper education.
For those who enjoy their recreation, there are many options: a huge park and the standard DC recreation center. While the former sees plenty of residents walking their dogs during twilight hours, the other is a great place for people to hang out and play basketball after school. Of course, there are other programs as well for those who do not want to play basketball. Lastly, there is a significant sense of community, essential to beating the sad statistics in many other neighborhoods in the areas east of the Anacostia river.
Pros
  • cheap housing
Cons
  • high crime rate
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"A Fortress Near a Fort"

Fort Dupont is a small, residential neighborhood located along the Anacostia River in Washington. Unlike the majestic Potomac, the Anacostia is a shallow, swampy tributary given to producing heat and mosquitoes. It is no surprise, then, that most of the neighborhoods that exist here are among the worst in the country.
Fort Dupont is regularly plagued by crime, much of it violent. In this week alone there have already been several robberies, five assaults, and numerous thefts. Not only would this be a terrible place to live, but I would not even recommending visiting it.
The housing in the area also represents the poor quality of the literal and figurative atmosphere. Most of it was built as low income housing projects by the federal government. They likely chose to put these home here because, frankly, no one would likely pay to live here.
There are only a few restaurants and shops. Most of the local trade is in illegal substances that you would not sell in a public setting. The few restaurants there are serve poor quality food and tend toward regular closings due to violence.
Pros
  • cheap housing
Cons
  • high crime rate
AdrienneL
AdrienneL Worst in the country.....Really????
I guess I should stop sending my kids to the state of the art Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy located in Fort Dupont being that it's like Falluja and all . While we are at it, let's just demo over the entire place....all of the historic park land, open space, trees, wildlife, rolling topography are worthless anyway.
DC cease and desist all of the events at the SE Navy Yard Park, after all it's located on the Anacostia River. Never mind it's disgusting award winning open spaces that attract thousands of visitors and generates revenue for our local economy; and then there is Kennilworth Aquatic Gardens located upriver with it's horrific historic water lily and locust ponds; birds & wildlife. Yucky!!!
2yrs+
JimB
JimB The initial posting about "Fort Dupont" is clearly written by someone who has never been there. As a 19 year Ward 7 resident (by choice) and McLean, Virginia native (whose father still lives there), pay no attention. Instead, read the facts as reported in (one of several) Washington Post 'Where We Live' articles about 'Dupont Park': http://www.washingtonpost.com/realestate/where-we-live-dupont-park-seeing-transition-after-transition-in-southeast-dc/2014/02/27/a722c238-9048-11e3-84e1-27626c5ef5fb_story.html
Oct 23, 2015
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