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Old 04-08-2014, 08:55 AM
 
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My husband and I are looking to move to the Carroll County area or Frederick area. We live in souther MD. We have been to Carroll County a few times just driving through, but we know little about each of the areas as far as job opportunities, school systems, crime rates, shopping/stores, and a decent commute to Baltimore/DC area. My husband works in both DC/Balt and surrounding areas so it really shouldn't be much of an issue as far as commute, I currently am seeking a position in a school system as a counselor. Can anyone give us any insight on these two areas? We have one child who is a toddler, so we want somewhere safe and not too expensive. Thank you!
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Old 04-08-2014, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Cumberland
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My husband and I are looking to move to the Carroll County area or Frederick area. We live in souther MD. We have been to Carroll County a few times just driving through, but we know little about each of the areas as far as job opportunities, school systems, crime rates, shopping/stores, and a decent commute to Baltimore/DC area. My husband works in both DC/Balt and surrounding areas so it really shouldn't be much of an issue as far as commute, I currently am seeking a position in a school system as a counselor. Can anyone give us any insight on these two areas? We have one child who is a toddler, so we want somewhere safe and not too expensive. Thank you!
Both counties are suburbanizing, especially along the interstates and near the county seats. These areas are much like the outer suburbs anywhere. Outside of these areas there are alot of dairy farms and small towns. Guns, God, and Flag type communities is how I would describe them. Frederick County has some small mountains, otherwise both counties are rolling hills.

Frederick is more suburbanized than Carroll, so it has more shopping, a more "hip" gentrifed downtown, more diverse cuisine, etc. Carroll is still more rural in mindset overall.
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Old 04-09-2014, 07:44 PM
 
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Thanks for the feedback. Do you know any information regarding the school systems in either county, and which areas have higher crime rates?
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Old 04-09-2014, 08:25 PM
 
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Frederick has an excellent school system in spite of the constant battle between the teapartiers on the County Commisioners (we are changing to a county council in the next election) and the Board of Ed.

My knowledge of Carroll County is second hand (I grew up in that county and have family there some of whom are teachers) but I would rate them as at least Very Good and would not be surprised if they are as excellent as Frederick is.

Of course there are always some areas with higher crime rates than others but it all depends on what you are used to. In general I think both counties are generally safe. A few neighborhoods inside Frederick City or Westminster would be a little 'sketchier' than others.
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Old 04-10-2014, 05:52 AM
 
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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I can't really comment on the schools but that's pretty easy to find. As for crime this is really not an issue in my opinion. This area is great in so many ways but I must say commuting to DC will be a big problem is your husband does it on a regular basis. We live at the southern tip of Carroll County, our property backs up to the county line, and my commute to Bethesda in rush hour was over an hour.

Frederick and Westminster are both great small-medium towns. There are a ton of smaller ones such as Mt. Airy that is country but still has amenities and proximity to all the things a bigger town has.
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Old 04-10-2014, 03:51 PM
 
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Thanks everyone for the information. DaveinMTAiry my husband usually commutes to work around 4-5am, because his job starts much earlier than normal 9-5 jobs. Hopefully commuting won't be a huge issue most of the time.
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Old 04-11-2014, 04:59 AM
 
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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Thanks everyone for the information. DaveinMTAiry my husband usually commutes to work around 4-5am, because his job starts much earlier than normal 9-5 jobs. Hopefully commuting won't be a huge issue most of the time.
In that case he should have no problem. The issue with Carroll County is there is no good route to DC, it's mostly country roads until you get to Int 270. Even at 4 AM Westminster to DC will be a long, tedious drive. That's why I would consider Frederick, it is a straight shot via Int 270 to DC and Int 70 to Baltimore. Probably 50 miles or so, get a good MPG car, but an easy drive.
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Old 04-28-2014, 12:02 PM
 
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Both areas are pretty similar, I don't know much about the schools but either city is a safe bet. If you need a mover, my husband George and I used All My Sons last year and they were phenomenal!
Good luck!
-Lucy
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