Originally Posted by NazDrowie
both areas have their advantages and disadvantages and not all suburbs are created equal...ive lived in the suburbs and the city and while i can def say i like the city, many suburbs immediately surrounding cities are not bad at all.
i grew up in a middle of no where suburb (Columbia), moved to the the city for college and now work in the suburbs (Bethesda). Montgomery County (the areas ive gotten to see Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Wheaton, Silver Spring, and Takoma Park) are close enough or immediately adjacent to the city so its really easy to get around with the Rideon and Metro buses, and Metrorail. you get the piece of mind that lots of people are looking for along with the urban aspects because Bethesda and Silver Spring have urban centers. granted Bethesda and Chevy Chase are arguably the wealthiest places in MD but you get decent diversity with Wheaton, Silver Spring, and Takoma Park. also spent lots time in CP and Hyattsville and think both are nice and really good location close to the city, from what ive seen.
if i had children and could afford it id still pick the city but at least with suburbs go Montgomery County, followed by northern/Western PG County (CP, Hyattsville, Mt. Rainier, adelphi, Greenbelt, dont know much about the rest of the county).
i wouldnt/couldnt raise any children in a place like Columbia though. dat middle of no where life would probably get to them like it did to me at some point
Originally Posted by knowledgebones72
This man knows.
Every NYer I know is trying to go for that suburban life, but in the DMV all the young people are flocking deeper into the city.
Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Downtown Silver Spring, Friendship Heights, all these places are basically DC and that's just the Montgomery County part (the best part).
Out here you can basically live in what's technically Maryland or Virginia, but really you're blocks away from downtown DC for way cheaper than DC prices.
Like I said, I do agree with Ninja that young people who are establishing themselves nowadays are getting married and having kids way later and instead choosing to live in the city in their 20's-30's.
I can't speak on NYC. I was raised in a suburb in upstate NY and also went to college upstate. I got a job offer in DC when I graduated last year and I moved to Montgomery County. I've been living here for a year now and here are my thoughts...
NazDrowie is right. The Montgomery County suburbs that he mentioned have metro stations that will take you into downtown DC in less than 20 minutes (unless there's weekend track work ). I live 2 miles from a metro station so I drive my car to the station every morning, park in the garage, and take the metro to work. I could take a bus to the metro station every morning but I choose to drive. It's $4.25 to park everyday but my job pays for my daily metro rail expenses ($10.10) so I don't mind paying for daily parking in the interest of time and comfort. My car is waiting for me there when I get off work so I don't have to deal with waiting for a bus then walking from the bus stop to my house.
One of the benefits about living in the suburbs and having a car is I always have a place to park at my house, for FREE. It's nice because I can go out just as easily downtown DC as I can locally in Silver Spring or Bethesda. I can also drive my car into the city, travel outside the city, and just get to places off the metro line outside of the DMV conveniently. Grocery shopping with a car in the suburbs is MUCH easier than in the city. The list of ways that having a car makes my life better goes on and on...
Now I can also speak on living in downtown DC (and having a car) as my girlfriend from college followed me down to the DMV and lives downtown now. If you are just starting out in the work force it's going to be nearly impossible to pay for rent, car note, AND parking living downtown. My girl pays three times as much as I do in rent for a studio apt. She pays her car note every month and that's money wasted because she can't even drive it (it's parked at my house) since there is no parking/parking is too expensive for her. She gets to and from her job quicker and easier than I do but she is stuck in the city on weekends unless she's with me.
I was displaced from my house for a month while it was getting worked on and moved in with her. I definitely enjoyed it more than living in the suburbs. More culture, just fun to be in the city everyday, quicker commute to and from work. BUT, I wasn't paying the rent, I was cramped in a studio apartment, I wanted to drive my car at times, etc...
It really is a matter of personal opinion whether you want to live directly in the city or on the suburban outskirts. With or without a car. And what you can afford.
My living situation is affordable and grants me access to wherever I want to go. I can sustain my lifestyle with my salary and it works for me. My girl can't afford to pay her rent now so her parents are paying it (only until the end of the year) and she always complains she's wasting money on her car note. She can't sustain her lifestyle on her own. So if you're going to live in the city I'd definitely say no to the car. I've seen the financial strain first hand. She needs to find a new place to live at the end of the year (without her parents financing) and she knows she will need roommates and will probably have to move further outside the city. It will be interesting to see what she does.
We're both yuppies btw and all of our friends are. I didn't grow up as well off as most of my friends down here. I'm an independent adult paying my own way now. I do it efficiently though. A lot of the yuppies in big cities with well off families aren't worrying about paying for a car, rent, etc... because their parents are paying for it.