Well... We have been here 6 months and I have to tell you I am SOOO glad we moved.
Of course there are always ups and downs..but there is anywhere you live.
My youngest has adjusted wonderfully and has made a lot of friends. He is very happy and doing well in school. His teacher is outstanding and communicates very well with parents.
My child with autism is starting (slowly) to get (some) services. I have to admit though, the services where more widespead where we moved from. I really like his schooling though.
My daughter who stayed in Maryland ended up finishing her first semester in the community college there. It was at that time her and her boyfriend broke up. She didn't want to continue living with him and there is NO way a single person with low income and going to a community college full time could live in that area. The lowest "room" (sharing a place) that could be found was 600.00 / mo!! So she moved here.... Not to long ago... She has started a community college here ... SHe is still having moments... Moments of sadness of missing her boyfriend and her friends...
So here is the summary of how it is (or how I feel it is) here:
The people here are so much nicer... They treat you like equals..not always comparing who is better then who (like there).
There is traffic here in the am and pm, but NOTHING like the DC area.
The cost of food, clothes, etc.. is about the same...
The cost of taxes... BIG BIG difference... So much less here... Only downfall is paying for property tax on your car(s) yearly
Car insurance... We pay for 2 cars in one year what 2 cars cost in 2 months there.
Utilities.... A little less... but we have a bigger home now.. so its probably a lot less..
The best part I have noticed.... I used to be stressed to the point of being edgy all the time there... This was due to the congestion, the people, etc...
I am learning to start to slow down and "smell the flowers" some which is definately a learning experience... but a good one... I don't feel the edginess near as much as I did up north..
Now I can only think of 2 downfalls:
1. Smoking... I'm an AVID NON-smoker... the laws up north stated NO smoking in ANY public places... That's not so true here...Go to a restaurant and you get asked, "smoking or non-smoking"... But no matter where you sit (unless it is a large restaurant), you smell the smoke.. I can't go to a Waffle house which is too bad.. good food.. but small..
2. Allergies... They are flaring up more here... Some people get hayfever..
I get a lot of post nasal drip...
All I can say is I will deal with the above "downfalls".. The good WAY outweighs the bad here... Hopefully, the laws will change in the future about smoking...
Have a good day all