I live in Maryland (actually between DC and Baltimore) and my fiance and I sorta really hate it. haha!
It’s EXPENSIVE. Ugh.
It’s cold to me like 8 months out of the year. It doesn’t seem to really get warm until mid-June, and then by the start of September it’s getting cold again. Everyone else is used to it though because even when it’s warm enough for a skirt, everywhere cranks their A/C so it’s super cold inside. So even when it’s nice, all year around I carry a sweater of somesort. Frustrating.
The people are NOT friendly at ALL. In NYC and L.A. they’re still way nicer! People are downright MEAN around here! EVERY OTHER STATE I’ve been, they’re nicer. Now if you go more out into western Maryland (Frederick or further) or the Eastern Shore, they’re typically more friendly. Here is just… bad.
The traffic SUCKS. Ugh! Don’t bother driving anywhere between 3 and 6pm at all, and stretch that from 2 to 7:30 for some places. My friend and I thought L.A. traffic was way better. There, they actually LET YOU MERGE. haha. And there’s not gridlock and people up on your bumper. Yeah, it’s slow, but people are almost always moving, and merging isn’t an issue, unlike this area (again, people are mean. It’s like they gain pleasure from cutting you off or just sucking up to someone else’s car as much as possible so you can’t possibly get in).
There’s a lot of restaurants and stuff to do. You can go to the ocean in 3 hours or the mountains in less time. (Con again: The ocean sucks though and we never go because it’s murky and often too chilly to really enjoy. Ocean City and nearby is full of grossness and crammed with people, and a crappy hotel will still cost you $200 a night. They don’t even have 4 star hotels or higher there. So your best bet is a 3 star, which is fine, but it costs about $300 a night when it’s warm enough to enjoy. And there’s just over-priced crappy food, and the beaches are just packed. Forget relaxing.)
The mountain areas are nice ^_^
Restaurants are plentiful and pretty awesome.
There are of course a lot of jobs around, in comparison to everywhere else. Also a lot of good colleges.
If you like partying and drinking (we do not) then D.C. has really great scenes like that. Getting TO D.C. is a different story though. haha.
But jobs are here, our families are here, etc., so we’re gonna stick around for a few years anyway. I’d recommend northern Virginia though, if anyone is interested in the D.C. area at all. Don’t go north of D.C. into Maryland unless you head to western MD, and Baltimore is honestly just sort of a waste. I’d never recommend anyone live in the Baltimore metro. Baltimore offers very little for more than a couple days, and it’s dangerous, and sorta seedy-feeling overall, mostly.