Yeah, there are definitely neighborhood options around DC that will get tons more bang-for-buck. DC is very heavily a commuter city. It was a few years back, but I heard the statistic that about 300,000 live in the city, but its population swells to 1.5 million during the day, with all the commuters.
I live in College Park, Md., because I work at Fort Meade and have a lot of job-related things in the city (Pentagon, agencies, etc.). That said, when I soon leave the service, I’m probably moving down to Arlington or Alexandria. My former roommate, who also recently exited the service, has a nicer apartment down there and pays less, less insurance, less taxes…
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