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|Low State Taxes Ranking: 39Low Cost of Living Ranking: 43
State Economy Ranking: 24
|Average Temperatures (Baltimore):
The Short of It
What food best represents Maryland?
- Old Bay and crabs! 1
- Crab cakes 2, 3
- Crabs! 4
What song best represents Maryland?
- Good Morning, Baltimore – Hairspray 1, 4
- Thank God I’m a Country Boy – John Denver 2
How does MD refer to a carbonated beverage drink?
- Soda 1, 2, 3, 4
If you could take a friend to one place in MD, where would it be?
- Baltimore, of course! 1
- Inner Harbor in Baltimore 2, 4
- The local crab shack. The food is the best part about living here. 3
The Long of It
Biggest misconception about MD?
- That it’s exactly like The Wire. There are certainly parts of Baltimore that are “dangerous” (my neighborhood is considered one of them), but as long as you aren’t messing with the drug trade, they don’t mess with you. 1
- That we’re all a bunch of politicians! 2
- We’re all lawyers just because we live next to D.C. 3
- That everyone knows how to crack a crab. It’s amazing how many Marylanders don’t! 4
Best aspect about living in MD?
- It’s close to so much! Baltimore, Annapolis, Washington D.C., two hours to Philly, 4 hours to NYC, 2 hours to the beach! 1
- Access to our nation’s capital, access to multiple airports. Close proximity to several prominent cities on the East Coast. Close to the beach, close to the mountains, hop skip and a short plane trip to Disney World, cruise ports and airports with direct flights to Europe. Lots of history, lots of tourist attractions close by, several sports teams. Many good colleges and universities. 2
- We’re so close to D.C.! 3
- We’re close to everything — DC, various historical sites, the beach and the waterfront. It’s easy to do day trips to New York and Philly as well. There are lots of options, and there’s plenty of culture inside the state and out! 4
Worst aspect about living in MD?
- The weather. Maryland weather likes to go from snow to rain to sun to snow in a week’s time. 1
- COST. Super expensive, way too many taxes. Very HIGH cost of living. MD supposedly ties HI for the highest cost of living and yet we don’t get nearly the lush paradise those in HI have. Insurance is some of the highest in the country, food is through the roof, utilities hike multiple times a year, not to mention gas tax, anyone? Oh, and then there is the whole new rain tax… Don’t even get me started. 2
- We’re so close to D.C. 3
- Traffic getting into and out of DC! Also, it’s easy to take the monuments and National Aquarium and Zoo for granted when you visit on school field trips every year. (Although now I’m just being needlessly picky!) 4
Summarize your feelings about Maryland in five words.
- Crabs, Bohs, Ravens, and O’s. 1
- wicked wicked wicked wicked expensive. 2
- Lotsa fun stuff to do! 3
- Proud to be a Marylander. 4
Our Freaking Take
Aside from driving through Maryland on a few occasions, Joanna and I don’t know much about the state. Its close proximity to everything on the East Coast is pretty sweet, but the cost of living sounds not so sweet. Then again, that’s the East Coast for ya. We love us some good crab cakes, though, so even if it’s never our forever place, we’ll make time to try some authentic Maryland crabs the next time we’re nearby.
How did these answers line up with your perception of Maryland? Have your thoughts on the state changed after reading this? Could you see it fitting your forever-place bill?