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Old 01-06-2018, 10:07 PM
 
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I just accepted a job with USDA in Beltsville. I will be moving with two kids (KG and Middle school) and now looking for place to live. I have been considering different places like Ellicott City mostly because of school. I am looking for a place with good school but not the killer commute. I know i am trying to win both ways but there has to be a way. I would appreciate if you can share your experience commuting from Ellicott City to College park or Beltsville. My apologies for cross posting.
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Old 01-08-2018, 05:16 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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I just accepted a job with USDA in Beltsville. I will be moving with two kids (KG and Middle school) and now looking for place to live.
Please look into Greenbelt for some of the best schools in Prince George's County.
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Old 01-08-2018, 06:10 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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A friend lives in Catonsville and commutes to USDA. He thinks the commute is acceptable. Catonsville is right near Elllicot city.
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Old 01-08-2018, 09:52 AM
 
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I work there and several people commute from Ellicott City and Howard County and they say the commute isn't bad
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Old 01-08-2018, 10:27 AM
 
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Have you used Google maps' "depart at" feature? You can see average travel times at different times of the day. It shows 30-45 minutes on average from Ellicott City to Beltsville during an AM commute.

If that commute is longer than you like I would consider moving to Old Greenbelt. Greenbelt Elementary is quite good, as is the local high school - Eleanor Roosevelt. There are quite a few young and engaged families moving in so I expect the trend to be positive. The middle school is the only worry. But the cost savings in housing would likely pay for private middle school if needed.

And talk about a commute! You could practically walk to USDA, or at least have an easy bike or car ride.

Disclaimer - I live in Greenbelt, have a kid in elementary school, and drool over the possibility of working at USDA just for the commute.
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Old 01-08-2018, 04:57 PM
 
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The commute will be a beast. However--Ellicott City is a wonderful place to live. Excellent place to live.
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Old 01-10-2018, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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Make your life easier by trying to live close to I-95, so at least you can shave some time off the local commute through Ellicott City or Columbia. Failing that, you should aim to live close to Route 100, which will give you convenient access to I-95.

Also, if your spouse will be able to get the kids to school, you should try to leave home as early in the morning as possible. When it comes to commuting in the Washington DC area, the early bird gets the worm -- that is, the earlier you leave, the less-awful the traffic is.
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Old 01-10-2018, 12:02 PM
 
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Lastly---Ellicott City is in Howard County. Good schools, nice parks and recreation.
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Old 01-12-2018, 04:54 PM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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Live in Ellicott City. While i don't commute to Beltsville, I do head that general direction (S on 29) a few times a week. A big factor is timing. If you can adjust your hours early, that will help. Later will help too, but not as much. The other aspect is the evening commute. The earlier the better. So if you have the option of shifting your hours to 7-3 (or even earlier) - life will be much easier.

But honestly, the traffic is not always predictable. But it's normally not too bad on 29S until New Hampshire (you will have occasions where it backs up around Columbia and when the lane goes from 3-2 just south of 216). You have the option of using alternative routes or even taking I95. Or if it gets really bad - 295 and circle back.
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Old 01-12-2018, 05:39 PM
 
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Try the Howard County side of Laurel. Green belt wouldn't be bad, the elementary there is actually quite good.
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