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Old 08-04-2009, 02:35 PM
 
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As far as income tax rates and living expenses ... is it better to live in DC area or Rockville/Gaithersburg/Germantown MD area ...? I know that apartments in DC are so expensive but I don't mind living in a basement apartment, which is usually cheaper and actually more affordable than regular apartments in Rockville/Gaithersburg area. So, now, the question is ... how about living expenses and tax rates?

Anyone?
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Old 08-05-2009, 12:41 AM
 
Location: Rockville, MD
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It REALLY depends on your personal taste, most of DC is stereotypical city, most of MoCo is stereotypical suburbs. though taxes/living expenses are going to be sky high either way, DC is a little bit higher.
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Old 08-05-2009, 11:53 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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In terms of living expenses, electric, phone, and cable are the same providers and same prices. Looks like you've already got the rent issue figured out.

Wherever you live in the metro area, commuting costs are a huge hidden cost of living, both in absolute dollars and in quality of life. DC is positively hostile toward all residents and gives parking tickets to everyone, sometimes when you've committed no violation at all. Yet, if you can live within the city and ditch your car, that's a huge savings.

In terms of consumer taxes, the DC sales tax is about to bump marginally, which will put in on par with MD's 6%. The city does have a hidden commuter tax of 10% on all restaurant tabs. Groceries, however, are tax free. Income taxes are relatively close.
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