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Old 10-27-2010, 11:59 AM
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Hey all,

I was wondering if anyone could help me out, I'm trying to get as many opinions as possible. I'm a recent college grad, live in Baltimore, and commute to near Ft. Meade for work via 295. The drive isn't bad only 30-35 min. I am considering moving to the DC area but want to keep my commute time around the same and also live near a metro so that I can go to DC on the weekends. On a map, it seems the drive from places like New Carrollton, Greenbelt, and even Silver Spring may not be too bad, however I know that parts of Prince George's county can have a lot of crime. Any suggestions? How are New Carrollton and Greenbelt? Is the metro walkable?

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Old 10-27-2010, 01:08 PM
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I lived in DC for most of my life. I can tell you that I used to work off Coca-cola drive in Linthicum (I think) and it took me about 35 minutes. That's living in the city near Fort Lincoln in NE, DC. Most people work in DC, so I was always going against traffic both ways. Route 50 East to 295 North always flowed easily. This was the late 90s, but it still holds true that most people are coming in to the city in the mornings and leaving in the evenings.

I'd say time estimates as follows to get to Ft Meade:
New Carrollton 20 minutes
Greenbelt 15 minutes
Bowie/Largo areas (Largo has the metro) 20 minutes
Laurel 5-10 (depending which side, but you won't have a metro)

You are from B'more, so the crime here will seem like petty shoplifting to you (lol). Just playing, but crime is all over. Shoot, you could live in SE, DC, but as long as you live on the right block or neighborhood you will be fine. But, Bowie and Greenbelt may suite you. But, again, it all depends on what neighborhood you get in to. From what I've seen, most of the crimes are car thefts from high school kids and the breaking and entering of homes, but PG - overall - is not that crazy. Just like with DC and B'more, you know what neighborhoods to stay out of. PG on a whole gets a badder rap than it deserves. Silver Spring is nice, but you may have to fight a lot of traffic to get to and from Ft. Meade.

Now, as you get older and start thinking about buying a house, kids, family, etc. then you will have to start thinking about the marketability of your neighborhood and good school districts. But, until that time, PG is alright.

That's just my take on the situation.
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