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Old 12-14-2008, 08:06 AM
 
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We are moving to somd this summer and I am having trouble comparing and deciding between charles, calvert and st mary's counties. My husband will be working on base and he doesn't really want to spend hours a day in traffic however we have three kids, 13, 11 and 2, so schools are the #1 priority. We are moving from Florida so I know what happens when you have to cross bridges every day but right now calvert county looks like the best option for schools, neighborhoods, houses ... any guidance would be appreciated.
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Old 12-14-2008, 10:46 AM
 
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Well, where are you working? That would be a good start.

Calvert schools are ranked very high, but it is a somewhat rural area with limited options for nightlife vs. some other areas. Depends a lot on what you are looking for.

But first things first--where is he working / commuting to?
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Old 12-14-2008, 10:55 AM
 
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Hubby will be working on the NAS base. I don't mind semi-rural as long as there is a grocery store nearby. Our nightlife consists of basketball practices and homework anyway so no real need there either. One of the primary questions is how long does it take to cross the river? Mapquest estimates everything at around 30 minutes but that doesn't account for traffic. What is it really like during rush hours? An hour+ drive to and from every day will get old quick.
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Old 12-14-2008, 04:06 PM
 
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The bridge from Calvert over the Patuxent is a sore point for many a commuter. During a non-rush hour, or during the day, zippie click, you're over as fast as you can drive. But during rush hour the back up gets quite frustrating (so frustrating there is serious talk of building a second bridge). Many PAX workers are drawn to the better schools in Calvert so they put up with the commute.

There is a messageboard specifically for Southern Maryland Southern Maryland Community Forums You will get a few nuggets of good info there (but note they have some trolls on those boards who do nothing buy hijack threads and get a bit silly from time to time). Do a search there and you'll find dozens of other people working at PAX talking about the issues you raised.

Good luck.
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