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Old 01-14-2018, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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They are cheaper for a reason. Grab your Yugo, lava lamps, and Sears furniture on your way to the cheaper suburbs.
Yea- The real cheap 'suburbs' of N. Arlington or Bethesda or Silver Spring. This complex people in DC have with close-in Virginia and Maryland really cracks me up. DC is about as urban as Hoboken, NJ but that never stops the masses (especially new transplants) from acting like it is Manhattan on the Potomac. But keep calling DC 'The City' though if that helps..
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Old 01-14-2018, 09:39 PM
 
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The Virginia annual car tax is not that much unless you have a luxury vehicle but it is something to factor in. Virginia also requires annual safety inspections and Maryland does not. Other than that, finding a spot in Arlington will be the same as finding a spot in Bethesda or Silver Spring as again, there are far more similarities than differences between these two jurisdictions. I would focus more on commuting distance to work/ school/ etc.

Is there a website to estimate the tax I would pay?
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Old 01-15-2018, 12:05 PM
 
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Yea- The real cheap 'suburbs' of N. Arlington or Bethesda or Silver Spring. This complex people in DC have with close-in Virginia and Maryland really cracks me up. DC is about as urban as Hoboken, NJ but that never stops the masses (especially new transplants) from acting like it is Manhattan on the Potomac. But keep calling DC 'The City' though if that helps..
For good reason though. DC is the closest thing to Manhattan in this area. So DC is "the city" both technically and factually.

And people who say DC is less urban than places like Manhattan are usually focused mostly on the height of buildings which I always find funny/absurd. Skyscrapers really have nothing to do with how urban a place is. Density is what determines how urban a place is.
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Old 01-17-2018, 03:59 PM
 
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Yea- The real cheap 'suburbs' of N. Arlington or Bethesda or Silver Spring. This complex people in DC have with close-in Virginia and Maryland really cracks me up. DC is about as urban as Hoboken, NJ but that never stops the masses (especially new transplants) from acting like it is Manhattan on the Potomac. But keep calling DC 'The City' though if that helps..
In the grand scheme of things it doesn't matter. DC is the city around here. Stop hatin.
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Old 01-23-2018, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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I moved to DC from California. I having a really hard time deciding where to claim residency.
I will be going to school in DC and it will be cheaper if I change to DC/MD/VA. However, the thought of losing representation makes me sad. So, I am leaning towards becoming a resident of MD or VA. What are the pros and cons of MD vs VA? I will be working near Georgetown if that helps.

I've always based my decision of where I feel most at home. The tax implications as a whole aren't very different unless you're in a very high income bracket. In that case, MD and DC will have a higher income tax bill compared to VA. VA has an excise tax on cars whereas MD and DC don't. You really have to take a look at your income, homeowner or renter, and if you have a car. That way you have all the information you have to make a more informed decision.
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Old 01-26-2018, 09:01 AM
 
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They are cheaper for a reason. Grab your Yugo, lava lamps, and Sears furniture on your way to the cheaper suburbs.
Oh, for crying out loud. These stereotypes are as dated as when some retiree living on a golf course in Loudoun County talks about how "dangerous" DC is and makes jokes about 14th Street like there are still street walkers and open air drug markets like back in the 80s. LOL Arlington's basically an extension of DC, especially along the R-B corridor.
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Old 01-26-2018, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Beautiful and sanitary DC
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I haven't seen anything quite as sophisticated as a tax calculator, but here's something kinda close:
https://public.tableau.com/profile/l...ens/Dashboard1

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I moved to DC from California. I having a really hard time deciding where to claim residency.
I will be going to school in DC and it will be cheaper if I change to DC/MD/VA.
You can continue to "claim residency" in California for the purposes of voting, as long as you're a full-time student. However, many of us who care about local politics in DC vote here, and volunteer on nearby GOTV efforts to help influence national politics.

Even though Georgetown was once part of Maryland (it predated the establishment of the District), today it's much easier to get to from Virginia.

Needless to say, you can't live in DC but claim residence in Virginia without having some tie to the state.
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