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Old 03-02-2018, 04:38 AM
 
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I'm hoping for some insight into best areas to live that are between or commutable to Aberdeen Proving Ground and DC.

Priorities include..

-Good public schools for our middle and high schoolers...the smaller the better. Academics are important but safety even more so.

-An area that is used to people moving in and out. Other "new kids". We're a military family and have spent most of our time overseas, so kids are used to making friends quickly and have grown to expect the same of others (not always easy to find!).

-Husband will do a year in DC and a few at APG, then probably back to DC. Something that's not a horrific commute both directions would be ideal.

-Open-minded community with a bit of culture thrown in. Access to outdoor activities (parks, bike trails, hiking etc)

Thank you!
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Old 03-02-2018, 07:33 PM
 
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Somewhere in Howard County is probably your best bet.
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Old 03-03-2018, 04:43 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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...areas to live that are between or commutable to Aberdeen Proving Ground and DC.
Have you even looked at a map? That range is most of central Maryland.

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Something that's not a horrific commute both directions would be ideal.
Not possible. That 80 mile trip in the best weather & road conditions is still a 90 minute drive.

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Husband will do a year in DC and a few at APG, then probably back to DC.
How many times do you wan to move?
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Old 03-03-2018, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Texas or Cascais, Portugal
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Have you even looked at a map? That range is most of central Maryland.


Not possible. That 80 mile trip in the best weather & road conditions is still a 90 minute drive.

Harfor
How many times do you wan to move?
This. Daily commute even 20 miles outside of D.C. into D,C. Is a nightmare. And Aberdeen is quite a hike daily anywhere outside of Harford County. There is no middle ground.
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Old 03-06-2018, 08:09 AM
 
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Have you even looked at a map? That range is most of central Maryland.


Not possible. That 80 mile trip in the best weather & road conditions is still a 90 minute drive.


How many times do you wan to move?
Yeah, this is a massive area. I wonder if OP could consider MARC train commute?
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Old 03-07-2018, 03:17 AM
 
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Thank you all for your input. The questions were asked by someone (myself) who is unfamiliar with the area, has a very strong understanding of maps but wanted information from people who are much wiser and more experienced in regards to Maryland life.
So sounds like Harford County is the way to go. Tell me about the areas...where would you choose to spend a few years with your family? Anywhere up to an hour commute from APG will be ok. The DC year may or may not be an option, but the APG years most likely are a go. Ideally we'd like to live on APG itself but I'm not finding much good about the local school system (Aberdeen). Just want safe, decent academics and not an overly competitive vibe. A welcoming community would be great too.
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Old 03-07-2018, 09:13 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Anywhere up to an hour commute from APG will be ok.
The DC year may or may not be an option, but the APG years most likely are a go.
Ahh. This is a very different criteria than the first post.

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So sounds like Harford County is the way to go.
It's an up and coming area with good access to roads.

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...where would you choose to spend a few years with your family?
I'll point you to the Panera map. LINK
Let them and their market research people do the work for you.

Then compare those spots with the Goodwill store map. LINK
Avoid the overlap. This works just about anywhere.
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Old 03-07-2018, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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So sounds like Harford County is the way to go.... Just want safe, decent academics and not an overly competitive vibe. A welcoming community would be great too.
Look into Bel Air and Fallston for some very good schools.

I suggest doing a search on these communities for more info on the "vibe".
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Old 03-07-2018, 01:00 PM
 
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I'd say Bel Air (aka "Blair"), Fallston, Forest Hill. I have friends who commuted from Parkville to APG and didn't hate it. So, if you want to in a little more of a dense (which has pros and cons) area, look at White Marsh (Nottingham), Parkville, maybe Towson. Gunpowder Falls State park is close to these areas and a good spot for outdoorsy types.
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Old 03-10-2018, 09:59 PM
 
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I'd say Bel Air (aka "Blair"), Fallston, Forest Hill. I have friends who commuted from Parkville to APG and didn't hate it. So, if you want to in a little more of a dense (which has pros and cons) area, look at White Marsh (Nottingham), Parkville, maybe Towson. Gunpowder Falls State park is close to these areas and a good spot for outdoorsy types.
You forgot Timonium, Lutherville, and Cockeysville. Might as well mention them if you are mentioning Towson.

Must be a lot of hiring going on up there. The areas mentioned in the above first sentence make the most sense.
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