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Old 05-23-2013, 08:40 AM
 
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Hi all,
My partner and I are researching relocating from ks to to western part of Maryland. mainly due to it would be closer to family that live in boardering state. however we want to live where we can be married and be apart of a Community and church life. Needed some Ideas as to where would be the ideal place.we are gonna try to make a trip to Maryland in July to take a look around. any suggestions? We were thinking Cumberland area.
Small to medium size town kinda gal's slow paced. Baltimore sounds cool but just to big for us lol

Thanks,
Patty
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:00 AM
 
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Cumberland has a very strong sense of community, has plenty of churches, and slow paced is a pretty good way to describe the town. Jobs are tough to find, and the area is conservative and votes heavily GOP. That being said, there are a good number of gay and lesbian couples in the area. I won't claim the community is open-minded or cosmopolitan, but I have never seen or heard of any notable instances of bad behavior.

Let me know if you need any more info about Cumberland. I will also throw Frostburg out there as a suggestion. It is a college town and more of the residents lean liberal on social issues than the rest of Western Maryland.
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:07 AM
 
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Thanks Westside,
where is frostburg relative to wv boarder? we're just really looking for a nice place in Md that would be a good place to settle down and where we can be us without having to worry so much about harassment etc. we both love that part of the country Partner grew up in Wv.
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:46 AM
 
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Thanks Westside,
where is frostburg relative to wv boarder? we're just really looking for a nice place in Md that would be a good place to settle down and where we can be us without having to worry so much about harassment etc. we both love that part of the country Partner grew up in Wv.
I guess it depends on what part of WV you are trying to get to. If your destination is the Potomac Highlands south of Mineral County, Frostburg isn't that much further. You either cross the Potomac in Cumberland and go south through Ridgeley or Wiley Ford, or from Frostburg head down Rt. 36/US 220 to Piedmont/Keyser. Either way the time is about the same.

If you are trying to head west on I-68 towards Morgantown and I-79 Frostburg put you about 15 minutes closer to the border. If you are heading east on I-68 towards the Eastern Panhandle, Frostburg puts you about 15 minutes further away.
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:57 AM
 
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Morgantown Fairmont area's. we go there for vacations to visit Family But we are leaning towards Maryland love the places we've seen. a college town wouldn't be a bad thing we're old folks to those college kids lol both in mid 40's and sure not wanting to move again after this move. we are trying to also stick close to towns that have partner's work.. aka walmart Pharmacy etc... easy to transfer into a job. would also like to have some sort of public transportation once I can't drive.

Maryland People and ne People seem to be more open accepting and friendly..given MD passed ssm by popular vote is a plus. will definitely be open to any and all suggestions!
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Old 05-23-2013, 10:52 AM
 
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Morgantown Fairmont area's. we go there for vacations to visit Family But we are leaning towards Maryland love the places we've seen. a college town wouldn't be a bad thing we're old folks to those college kids lol both in mid 40's and sure not wanting to move again after this move. we are trying to also stick close to towns that have partner's work.. aka walmart Pharmacy etc... easy to transfer into a job. would also like to have some sort of public transportation once I can't drive.

Maryland People and ne People seem to be more open accepting and friendly..given MD passed ssm by popular vote is a plus. will definitely be open to any and all suggestions!
You aren't going to find much of a difference in attitude between Western Maryland and WV. Our county voted heavily against same sex marriage, 66%-34%, the measure was approved in this state by the populous liberal areas around D.C. that are nothing like our community. Maryland looks like a small state on paper, but we are very diverse; stretching from the mountainous areas we are discussing to the ocean with lots of dense liberal suburbs of DC in between.

If the attitude of natives in Fairmont and Mo-town are acceptable to you, than you will be fine in Western Maryland. We are more like our fellow Appalachian-Americans in West Virginia then we are like the rest of Maryland.

If you choose Frostburg, I can give you neighborhood recommendations. Living around the college kids in the rental district isn't something I would recommend. There are plenty of other options. Since you are heading west, Frostburg puts you 15 miles closer. Public transportation around here isn't good, although taxis are very cheap. Cumberland is rather walkable as well. I can give neighborhood recommendations there too, if you get that far in your search.

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Old 05-23-2013, 12:24 PM
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... given MD passed ssm by popular vote is a plus. will definitely be open to any and all suggestions!
The same-sex marriage referendum was passed by voters in the wealthier, more highly educated central part of Maryland. The level of tolerance in both the western and eastern counties of Maryland is somewhere between that of your present state of Kansas and Pakistan.

For example, taking the counties of the Maryland pan-handle from west-to-east, you will find the voting results of the same-sex marriage referendum to be:

Legalize same-sex marriage...........YES..............NO
Garrett County, MD..........................26.9%...........73.1%
Allegany[sic] County, MD..................34.0%...........66.0%
Washington County, MD....................38.3%...........61.7%
Frederick County, MD.......................50.6%...........49.4%

Do you notice a west-to-east trend in the above data?

That area of Maryland is red-neck, hillbilly country (but if one of you are a native West Virginian, you might like that). You will find the same intolerance as in Kansas (from Baptists in place of Methodists), but poorer roads and greater poverty than in the Sunflower State.
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Old 05-23-2013, 12:38 PM
 
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Thanks guys you've Been a huge help. gonna do a lot more research before we do any Major Moves. lol ya'll are kinda scaring me of the Idea a little. may have to think closer to the bigger cities.

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Old 05-23-2013, 12:40 PM
 
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The same-sex marriage referendum was passed by voters in the wealthier, more highly educated central part of Maryland. The level of tolerance in both the western and eastern counties of Maryland is somewhere between that of your present state of Kansas and Pakistan.

For example, taking the counties of the Maryland pan-handle from west-to-east, you will find the voting results of the same-sex marriage referendum to be:

Legalize same-sex marriage...........YES..............NO
Garrett County, MD..........................26.9%...........73.1%
Allegany[sic] County, MD..................34.0%...........66.0%
Washington County, MD....................38.3%...........61.7%
Frederick County, MD.......................50.6%...........49.4%

Do you notice a west-to-east trend in the above data?

That area of Maryland is red-neck, hillbilly country (but if one of you are a native West Virginian, you might like that). You will find the same intolerance as in Kansas (from Baptists in place of Methodists), but poorer roads and greater poverty than in the Sunflower State.
Well, Ms. Cavin, here is an example of the attitude that many people in the rest of Maryland have towards their rural neighbors; rude, insulting, resorting to name calling and stereotyping rather than just posting facts. It seems the poster threw your partner under the bus with the rest of us "hillbillies" too.

I have been clear that Western Maryland is no paragon of open-mindedness, but we are largely a live and let live community in our daily interactions with each other.

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Old 05-23-2013, 01:12 PM
 
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Westside, yea I dont like to mix everyone into one general category nor do I like Labeling People.. I love to be around the Live and let Live attitudes. my partner doesn't have what was referred to as "hillbillies" attitude's and I do find most Appalachian-Americans are pretty darn nice.
I do love the geography and the weather out east. In a perfect world everyone would have the live and let Live attitude but alias we aren't in a perfect world. I from what we've seen MD is such a little gem has all the things we like such as outdoor activities, shopping climate. I know there's gonna be attitudes no matter where we end up. would like to find a quiet little place where there's the live and let live, maybe even a few couples like us around.
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