From the Forum – Choosing between Baltimore and DC

by Prince Of Petworth February 2, 2016 at 2:00 pm 57 Comments

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Choosing between Baltimore and DC

“My significant other just took a job in Baltimore (Fells Point). My work is near NOMA/Union Station. We currently live in Columbia Heights, and we’re trying to figure out where we should move.

It seems like our options are:
1). Moving close to Union Station, perhaps in NOMA or around H Street. I could walk to work (which obviously would be great for me!), and she could walk to Union Station for the MARC train. We’re still trying to figure out the best way to get her from Baltimore Penn/Camden to Fells Point. I suppose an option 1b might be her driving from H Street.
2). Move to Baltimore. I could take the MARC and then walk to work, she’d walk/bike/bus/drive to Fells Point, depending on where exactly we live.
3). Live somewhere in between. We only have one car, so this option would likely have one of us taking the MARC (probably me) and one of us driving.

Anyone have any opinions on those options, or the DC-to-Baltimore (or vice-versa) commute in general?”

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  • Leeran

    Honestly, I’d give Baltimore a try for a one-year lease and see how you like it.

    DC’s fun but Baltimore has some great neighborhoods, and the rent savings will accumulate quickly — you have kind of a rare opportunity in that you can move to a lower cost of living area but keep your same job.

  • 20th street

    I considered this recently, but fortunately did not have to make the final decision because job fell through. Depending on economics, Baltimore would be the place to live. You can buy or rent for a fraction of he cost here in DC. If economics are not an issue, I’d stay in DC, particularly if the SO can find work in DC in their field at some later time period. Depending on the situation, I would imagine that their job re-location would be easier in DC job market. or you could dump them and reclaim all that freedom you’ve been craving these last few years! :)

  • aknomad

    It really depends what your life situation is. If you are looking to buy / start a family / etc. then the way can go either way.

    My suggestions is to rent Baltimore for a year and see which one you like best. If you are in a rush for other reasons then do as my grandfather said and put the pros and cons on a paper and let it guide you to an answer.

    Either way, Best of luck!

    • Anonamom

      I’m going to agree with the family thing… this is the main factor in moving to Baltimore County vs City for me. There are all of three public schools in Baltimore City I would send my kids to, and zero middle or high schools. If you can afford private school, there are some great ones. But you will pay as much for them as say, Sidwell, here. Furthermore, it would take a miracle to turn Baltimore City schools around; think DCPS during the 90s.

      • AG

        Assuming they don’t have kids now, it’ll be at least four years before they even have to think about schools (unless they adopt an older kid of course). By then, the job situation might be completely different.

      • David F

        I def go with the MARC and move to B more. I lived in Columbia Heights for 3 years and it has a feeling there a lot like Baltimore. Another option might be to move near Catonsville and pick up their train there. The commute to Fells Point esp closer to the Canton side isn’t too bad. Now as a teacher who has taught in DC and now B more, there are good and bad schools in both districts. I don’t find DCPS any better that B-more schools, you just got to find the right neighborhood.

    • Caroline

      If I were him I’d also consider whether he could get a job in or near Baltimore. Maybe not right away, but someday. I certainly wouldn’t want to get locked into that commute for the rest of my life, but I could see doing it for a while and then transitioning to something closer.

  • amm

    I’ve actually done both option 1 and 2. We lived in NoMa and I commuted to E. Baltimore using the MARC train (3 yrs) and now we live in Baltimore and the hubby does the commute from the Mt. Vernon neighborhood to Dupont Circle (~6 months now). I truly love DC and Baltimore is not my fave city yet BUT I would recommend option 2. Getting from the train station in Bmore to Fells is gonna be a pain. And, as Leeran said – the cost of living is insanely cheap here in Baltimore. So cheap we ended up buying(!!) a place.

    • Anon

      Of course you’d pick the option with the shortest commute. I wonder if your hubby shares your opinion on this (cost savings notwithstanding). ;-)

      • Christopher

        Getting from train station to fells would be a pain, but there is also a Marc train line that ends at Camden yards (or at least there used to be) which would be more manageable as you’d just have to walk across the harbor area.

        Either way one of you is in for a long commute. Marc trains can get very crowded- especially during rush hour. You’re gonna wanna factor in who has the most tolerance/ patience for that. That being sadi I’d also recommend trying out Baltimore. Lived there for a bit and while it wasn’t my favorite city in the world, the cost of living is pretty sweet.

  • emvee

    As a former Baltimorean, I’d encourage you guys to give the city a shot. Rent honestly is so much more affordable (SO and I were paying under $1k for a 800 sq ft 1BR two years ago) and the city has such a budding arts and food scene right now. If your work is near Union Station and you can find a place in Baltimore near Penn Station (Mount Vernon, Station North, Bolton Hill), the commute isn’t bad at all. The Marc is a quick 45 minute trip that doesn’t get stuck in traffic like a car. You can nap, always stay on top of podcasts, read some books…

    That being said, some people hate Baltimore after living in DC. It doesn’t have the same type of culture that DC does, it’s not a competitive city at all (something I miss so very much), and some DC people really dislike that about it.

    I’m happy to answer any questions you might have about the city/commute, etc. Shoot me an email at emveedc@gmail.com if you want more info.

  • Friendly

    If you are social people, I would consider that as well. I have a great circle of friends in DC and no almost no one in Baltimore. The cost of living savings in Baltimore would be great, but being a couple years out from kids, I’d rather stay in DC with my established social group.

    • Friendly


  • TinkerTaylor

    Rush hour MARC from Baltimore-Camden to DC has more trains that from DC to Baltimore-Camden. Don’t know whether there is a MARC line that gets closer to Fells, but if OP’s SO’s hours aren’t super predictable, the MARC schedule may be a factor worth looking at.
    I work in Baltimore (Inner Harbor) 10-20% of the time, but rarely take MARC since we also live in Columbia Heights and it adds a lot of time over driving. Though, if you buy your tickets in advance, you can use Greenbelt or College Park as the DC terminus rather than Union Station which cuts some time. Might be useful so long as you’re still in Columbia Heights.

  • Anonamom

    I am about to make the move from DC to Baltimore. Since I have children and am not a millionaire (thus private school is not an option), I will be moving to Baltimore County vs. Baltimore City, however, if I didn’t have kids I would happily live in the city. As someone who currently drives back and forth from DC to Baltimore every day, I’m going to tell you, you will grow to hate life very quickly after a few 95 shut downs. Depending on the time of day you leave DC, you may end up hitting DC rush hour and Baltimore rush hour. Double the fun! I can’t comment on what commuting by train is like because I have never done this, though the one time I looked into it, it would have taken a few hours from where I am in DC to where he is in Baltimore. However, it’s worth a try. Baltimore is a lot cheaper than DC. Cheap enough that with a DC salary, it can make the commute worth it. Areas to check out might be Brewer’s Hill, Canton, the Patterson Park side of Highlandtown (pronounced more like Hollan-town, hon). Otherwise, if you need a place to meet in the middle, I would suggest Greenbelt for a car-less commute, or Columbia if you’re willing to both get cars.

  • kwhit9tl

    My husband and I lived in Baltimore for 5 years together and I commuted everyday on the MARC train. Honestly, I would highly recommended in your scenario. Baltimore is a great city, cheaper than DC, and it’s easy to try it for a year to see if it works. The MARC is generally a great mode of transportation (barring one-off events like breakdowns during the heat of the summer). Mount Vernon in Baltimore is a great neighborhood to look at since its walking distance to Penn Station, and it’s an easy trek on 83 to get to Fells Point (P.S. don’t bother with the Camden line). Incidentally, our Mt. Vernon condo is currently on the market for rent if you want to take a look! Happy to chat offline if you want more specifics or just a firsthand account of the commute!

  • Anon

    Having lived and worked in both, stay in DC, unless the economics of it are a concern for you. DC has much more going on, and the people you meet in DC (in general) are far more worldly and intellectually curious. I commute to Baltimore from DC now, and don’t find it to be that bad. I don’t regret moving back to DC at all.

  • Bob

    I commuted from Baltimore and DC for one year and it really, really sucked. I lived within walking distance of Penn Station in Baltimore and then took the redline to Farragut North. I couldn’t imagine adding another 20 minutes to drive from Fells Point and park before doing the MARC.

  • dcmdva2015

    I just moved back to DC after living in downtown Baltimore for over a year. Honestly, the MARC trains were great. I would switch between the Camden & Penn lines and never had any real issues. If one line was delayed, I’d just get on the other. But Baltimore is a really great city, with wonderful neighborhoods. Fells Point and Hampden were my favorites! With any major city there are certain neighborhoods that aren’t the best of course, but for the most part I really enjoyed my time in Baltimore, especially the lower cost of living. I only moved back to be closer to family. But I’d give Baltimore a chance.

  • Anon Spock

    From Camden there are buses to get close or into fells point. If I remember correctly, they’re free with the monthly Marc pass.
    Somewhere like laurel may give you a nice midpoint near a Marc station, but I like giving Baltimore a try to see how it goes.

  • ParkViewCouple

    My husband and I made this tough decision last year since I work in Baltimore and he works southeast of DC. We moved to Park View and both have reverse commutes, which is nice. It takes each of us about an hour of driving. I considered the train to Baltimore but that would have increased my commute to around 2 hours with metro-train-bus. However, our friends in Baltimore have bought fully renovated rowhomes on modest incomes (one commutes by train to College Park) while my husband and I are taking extra jobs to hopefully afford something in DC. We’re here because we’re totally in love with this city, but I enjoyed living in Baltimore for about 5 years and it’s just getting nicer every day.

  • sd

    Having done the Bmore to DC commute for a brief period, I’d say move to Baltimore. Commuting on the MARC is quite easy, if your office is near Union Station– quicker and easier than commuting from many parts of NoVa. Going Union Station to Fells, on the other hand, would be pretty arduous, with fewer train options and a not-great bus system in Bmore. Baltimore is a fun town, and you’ll save a lot of money living in Station North Arts instead of Capitol Hill.

    Living in suburban Maryland sounds to me like cutting the baby in half.

  • Caroline

    The Baltimore Sun just had an article on this:

    Don’t count on any public transit besides the MARC. My brother-in-law got a job in Baltimore, and since he wasn’t making a lot decided to rent an apartment there (only $700 a month!) and take the bus to work. Except the bus didn’t show up half the time, and he nearly got fired from his job. He ended up breaking his lease, crashing on our couch, and getting a cheap used car to commute to Baltimore with.

  • baltimorenative

    I agree with the give Baltimore a chance comments. It is a fantastic city and so much more affordable then DC. I’d live near Penn Station because the penn line is faster and has a few express options in the morning and evening that are around 50-55 minutes. Good neighborhood options include Mt. Vernon, Bolton Hill, and Charles Village. Then you can walk to the train station and not have to mess with a bus or car to the train.

  • Kathryn-DC

    I think it depends on what you enjoy doing in your spare time.

    DC has lost a big chunk of its underground music, art and club scene to gentrification, whereas Baltimore has retained its quirky culture. On the other hand, DC has a wider range of restaurants and museums.


    I moved to Baltimore City 18 months ago after 12 years in DC and take the MARC daily to my job in DC. Your best scenario to keep your relationship and be happy is to move to Mt. Vernon/Baltimore and then walk to the Penn Line to Union. On express trains its only 47 minutes and its where you can get some great personal administrative business done. Your SO then can easily get to Fells by bus. Baltimore is WAY cheaper and super fun. I honestly love it and recommend it for anyone who wants to someday leave a 1 or 2 bedroom and get an actual great house. There are loads of Baltimore castles up there cheaper than a DC efficiency.

  • slb

    I lived in DC and commuted to Baltimore via the Camden Line for 2 years — it was pretty taxing, in part because of the limited flexibility that comes with riding the Camden line, especially in the “against traffic” direction. I recommend living within walking distance of Penn Station in Baltimore, which gives you the savings of living in Baltimore and the flexibility of Amtrak and the MARC Penn Line to/from Union Station. Your SO could take light rail/bus/bike to Fells Point. Alternatively, it wouldn’t be that bad to live within walking distance of Greenbelt Metro so that you have regular metro access and MARC Camden access to Union Station, and your SO can take a shorter MARC Camden line ride to Camden Yards.

  • C_petworth

    Baltimore is so much cheaper to live, but DC is more fun!

  • Shawnnnnnn

    I was very tempted to move to Baltimore and do the commute to DC mostly because I had friends who were there and could easily afford to buy a pretty decently sized house in Bolton Hill, which is pretty close to Penn Station (and relatively safe by Baltimore standards). You have a bigger advantage in that your office is close to Union Station (mine was not). It would maybe take you 1 hour, 20 minutes each way? It can sometimes take me 30 – 40 minutes to get to work just commuting inside DC on the bus or Metro.

    That all said, I stayed in DC. I just had to buy a place about a third the size for twice the price instead. I’m not sure I would put up with a commute to/from Baltimore and not just buy something up there instead of renting. Although the market is not as healthy there as it has been in DC so I suppose there is more risk that you couldn’t offload it as quickly if you wanted to come back.

  • MtP

    Way too many unknowns to make an informed recommendation, but here are my two cents. Don’t live in between unless you really want a house with space and a yard and possibly better schools. It might seem more “fair,” but in reality, you will both be miserable and hate your commutes. Honestly, unless you have a ton of friends in DC and none in Baltimore (which is very possible), I would live in Baltimore, somewhere where you could easily walk to a MARC station. As people have said, MARC is more frequent going that way, and then your commute is long, but easy, and your SO’s commute is short, but slightly harder (bike, walk, bus, etc).

    • womp

      i will second the suggestion here to live on one end or the other, rather than in the middle. my parents (in texas) commute 1.5 hours each way, though dad only mon-wed and mom mon-fri. it makes all the difference in the world when dad can function like a reasonable human being on thurs and fri and get things done during normal business hours (e.g., errands in town – bank, post office, etc.).
      this applies to the OP’s situation in that, while the SO may have a longer commute, at least one person can bear the burden of things that require “normal” business hours and tasks such as cooking, groceries, laundry, etc. that is hard to do when both people have had a long commute. it’s a weird combination of compromise and sacrifice, but it’s probably what i would do regardless of city/region.

      • Anon

        Agree with this. My girlfriend and I used to do a 1.5 hour commute together everyday, from Annandale to DC, and it was hell. The house was a mess, the dogs were miserable, we were getting fat from lack of exercise, etc. We were losing a combined 6 hours a day to our commute which made it impossible to keep the household in order or do anything for ourselves.
        I think the MARC would be slightly better than driving because you can at least use that time to unwind with a book or movie or hobby.

        • DC worker

          1.5 hour one way from Annandale to DC? That seems excessive.

  • Anonymous Baltimorean

    So I’ve been doing the Baltimore-DC commute for a few years now, but I always knew I’d be leaving DC for B-more at some point- I’m from Baltimore, and just like it better in Charm City.

    I kept my DC job because my office is within walking distance of Union station- I would not have done it if I had to get on Metro at all. My office is also ok with teleworking, so after I had a kid, I went down to part time status- now I work M-Th, and I telework Mondays and Wednesdays. But even when I was full time, having a Weds telework day made a huge difference!

    If I were childless, I’d totally get a place in Mt Vernon or Station North and walk to Penn every day. I have had friends with cars who lived in Fed Hill or Locust Point and would drive down t BWI or Halethorpe, which is maybe 15 mins away?

    It sucks at times, but it’s doable, and it is what was best for me and my family. Our cost of living is so manageable, we’ve been able to save and get rid of a lot of debt, and like I said before, I just like Baltimore a lot! It is really a great place if you give it an honest chance and don’t do the whole, “Well, in DC/NY/SF we had xyz…”

  • Brett M

    Commuting from DC to Baltimore is a lot easier than vice versa, traffic wise. But housing costs less in Baltimore. You have to weigh what’s most important to you.

  • Lina

    I’ve been weighing a somewhat similar dilemma. Have lived in the Columbia Heights area for years, but took a job in Baltimore recently. Moving to Baltimore would save me time and money, so I’m planning to do so.

    I can weigh in on the commute from Columbia Heights to Baltimore: driving takes an hour – but there’s traffic going into Baltimore and weaving thru downtown, so that adds fifteen minutes or so. Minimal traffic leaving DC and on I-95, however.

    You can pick up the MARC from College Park on the green/yellow line, but if you miss one, you have a long wait for the next one. Far more options on the Penn-Union Station line – including express trains that take 45 min. The trains have been, so far, very reliable and very comfortable – and lots of time to read and relax. But the train is expensive and the whole trip will take around two hours one-way, door to door – don’t discount that!

    Connecting to Fell’s Point from Camden or Penn Station could be a challenge. There is a free Circulator system that runs downtown that I usually use. I downloaded their app, and time leaving the office to coincide with the next bus. There’s a bus (orange) that connects Fells Point to Camden Yards. But Penn Station doesn’t connect too well with Fells’ Point (it’s easy to get downtown, but then you’d need to transfer).

    Personally, I’d take a few months to explore Baltimore and see if you like it enough to make the move! I do think that the commute would be easier on the person whose office is closer to the end-point (ie: the NOMA worker!) than the person who has to connect via bus to office. So, the move may make sense in the end.

  • Anon H St

    All these comments are making ME want to move to Baltimore! And SO and I both work in DC.

    • DC_Chica

      I was just thinking the same thing, after looking at the cost of housing especially! But I only have one friend who lives in Baltimore. I lived in Bmore for one summer and I didn’t love it – I spent half my weekends in DC.

  • anon

    Like many others have already said, it really depends on your lifestyle and needs. Cost of living in B-more will be much less expensive, but if you are heading into DC every weekend to see friends or go out, is it really worth it? I did the DC (Brookland) to B-more commute for about five years via car. It was about an hour each way. The train would have taken much longer. Now I do a VA to B-more commute and give myself an hour or two for each way. Monday to Friday life may be miserable, but on the weekends it’s nice to be walking distance to family, friends and familiar places. If you have not already done so, look into the van pools or carpooling as well as adjusting work hours. If you can work 6-2 rather than 9-5, the roads heading north are pretty much clear.

  • petworther

    Lots of good arguments for both cities, as others have said I think it depends on your financial situation and personal preferences. I will put in one strong word though: whatever you do, don’t cut the baby in half.

  • Anonemuss

    It’s funny how a good portion of the pro-Baltimore comments are linked to it being cheaper than DC. I’m from the school of thought that not every choice in life should be broken down to mere financial cost. I would stay in DC – better museums, concerts, vibe and it’s the capital of America. Baltimore is okay and has some cool areas but I personally would never want to live there. Too slow paced. #TeamDC

    • Anon

      If I were them I’d live in Fells Point, which is probably just as expensive as DC but is fun and charming. It’s tough getting around Baltimore without a car, so that way the SO can at least enjoy a walkable neighborhood close to work. Then the OP has the option of either driving to work or driving to the MARC with their car. This is assuming the SO is okay with cooking and doing most of the household chores, since they’d presumably have a lot more time and energy than the OP. Fells Point might be a little touristy for settling down, but it would be a fun place to live for a year while they explore other parts of the city/county or perhaps decide to move back to DC.

    • Anon

      Honestly, and I know I’ll get some flak for this, but Baltimore just isn’t a fun place if you’re a young professional minority. Yes, DC can be fairly homogeneous, but I’ve found that you at least get a variety of points of views and interests. Baltimore reminds me of some Rust Belt cities I’ve lived in. It’s great, I imagine, if you’re from there and a hometown boy/girl, but if you’re not, and if you’re an outsider for other reasons too, it’ll take a long time to feel welcome (if at all) into the culture.

      • Jayne

        I agree, I’ve wanted to like Baltimore but it’s a letdown coming from DC. It has that same depressed feel as the Rust belt cities.

  • CHGal

    Speaking strictly transit-wise, I’d say live by Penn Station in Baltimore and you take the MARC down. The train ride itself isn’t that bad of a commute either way, but when you add a second mode of transit (as she’d have to do if you lived here) you can run into missed connections and a much longer and more stressful commute.

  • Rich

    Property taxes rates are much higher in B’more than DC which mitigates some of the savings if you buy. I gave Baltimore some consideration when I moved back and when I looked into a job there. I know people who are quite happy there and area all about art, music, etc. DC is more of a real city than it was 20 years ago, but Baltimore’s core has made big strides in the past 20 years as well. Baltimore seems like a big small town which has its annoyances, but you find a lot of silly boosterishness in DC. I grew-up in a blue collar city with lots of European ethnic groups, so Baltimore is always a nice familiar change from buttoned-down, buttoned-up DC.

    The problem with Baltimore is the limited retail and whatnot in the city, which used to be a problem in DC but no more. The schools even more than DC require a lot of system knowledge, and there’s a lot of variation in the nearby counties. Living in between means being carbound to a much greater extent than either place and if you’re not near the train it means dealing with I-95, BW Pkwy 29, et al. People I know who work in Bethesda take the train/Metro from Baltimore to avoid the headaches and delays.

  • LoveBmore

    I moved from DC to Bmore almost 3 years ago and think it’s the best decision I’ve made in a long time. That said, I can telework 50% of the time and my MARC fare is subsidized. If I had to commute to DC M-F and buy MARC tickets myself, I think it would burn me out eventually, even though I like Baltimore as a city more than DC.

    The MARC is fantastic, IMO, and one crucially overlooked factor in the comments is you can start your happy hour early on the MARC.

    I ride my bike(s) on both ends of the commute, and door to door is usually an hour and a half.

  • Sashay

    I’ve lived in both cities and done both commutes, both directions, both driving and taking the MARC for several years. Strictly transit-wise, I found Baltimore to be way more of a car-necessary city. There are buses and light rail and a subway, but in my experience none of those options are reliable at all, especially going east-west across Baltimore. I think your SO will probably need a car or walk to get to Fells Point. On the other hand, I found the MARC to be very reliable, especially the Penn line. In terms of driving DC-Baltimore and vice versa, unless one or both of you work very early or very late hours, I absolutely 10000% discourage it, just for your sanity. At least on the MARC you can have headphones, email, extra sleep, whatever. Live near Penn Station in Baltimore for sure.

    I found Baltimore to be a refreshingly quirky, homey alternative to DC. I had been feeling claustrophobic in the District and my move to Baltimore was a great change of pace. When I eventually did move back to DC I had a new, different appreciation for it. I think Baltimore is an adventure worth having, especially if you’ve been in DC for awhile. Good luck!

  • Maria

    I’ve been doing the Columbia Heights-to-Baltimore commute for about 2 years now. As others are saying, the MARC train is remarkably reliable. Yes, there are sometimes minor issues (mostly from following delayed Amtraks!), but I can count on one hand the number of times I have been on a train with more than a short delay. Door to door, it’s almost exactly 1.5 hours one way (walking 10 mins to Penn Station from my office, and taking metro to CH on the other end). In the morning there’s a great express train that’s only 35 mins, but only goes the DC-Baltimore direction, and only that one time daily.

    Given your situation, I agree with people’s thoughts about living near Penn Station in Baltimore. Mount Vernon and Bolton Hill are beautiful and hip, and your commute to NoMa would be really pleasant since metro doesn’t have to be involved! I have several friends who have moved from DC to Baltimore and love it for all the reasons people have mentioned. People in Baltimore are welcoming, and it seems easy to make friends quickly if you’re concerned about that.

    My last caveat is that, like any long commute, I think it would be soul-sucking to do 5 days a week indefinitely. I personally am able to work remotely and skip the commute at least 1-2 times per week, which for me was a firm condition of taking the job. And I’m still planning to either move to Baltimore or find another job before too long. Good luck!

    • emvee

      Yes, the caveat is SUCH an important thing to keep in mind. If your GF can work remotely a few days a week and you can’t, it may be worth staying in DC. I ended up making the move because I have to be in our DC office five days a week, no exceptions. I was taking the bus to the train to the red line to the green line, about two hours each way, and it was soul-sucking. My SO goes into the office (in Bmore) one to two times a week and works remotely the rest of the time. Working remotely is a huge piece of the one-couple-two-cities piece, to be sure.

  • A

    My wife got a job outside Baltimore last year, and we faced this same situation. My hours are more unpredictable, so we decided to stay in town, and she drives every day from Mt. Vernon Square (easy access to NY Ave helps). It usually takes her about 90 minutes each way, but she likes using the time to catch up with family and friends, listen to books on tape, etc. What’s funny is that, when she tells people about her drive every day, they usually ask, “Oh, you can’t take the train??”

  • TropicBird

    Knock her up & move to Laytonsville.

  • bruno

    To any friend that flees DC because of living costs, I always ask: How much is all that commuting time worth to you? I live in DC and walk to work in DC, and have sufficient time. What if you (to use the millennial phrase) “monetize” the time you’d spend commuting in a way that would let you stay in DC? This is a long way of saying that commuting has lots of costs.

    • Anonymous

      If you’re doing work, answering emails, and just taking care of personal stuff while on the MARC train, you’re not wasting any time. Can’t say the same for a person who is behind the wheel of a car for two hours per day.

  • ECfromDC

    I’d stay in D.C.

  • jfarty

    I’ve lived in both. Baltimore is definitely more dangerous (and you feel it) and small (you feel that too). But the spirit of the city, the camaraderie, and the crazy sports fans make Baltimore a city of locals. DC is a city of drifters and passers-through. DC has the “cool” restaurants and some other scene things; the monuments and the history. But given a CHOICE, I’d go with Baltimore. It is 1. Cheaper 2. Better traffic scene 3. DC is still there if you leave. I’m sad to say it after years of living in the District, but this city is going down. Between the prices, the random violent crime that is on the uptick (metro beating anyone?) and the traffic, this city leaves a lot to be desired as a place of RESIDENCE. You may not like this, but wait until you rent a 3 story row home with a personal roof deck and yard for under $2k and let me know what you think….

    If you do go to Baltimore, Fells Point is borderline hood but has amazing character and is pretty “central” to where you’d want to be. Fed Hill is early 20’s party scene but has the best shops, restaurants, and is the most fun and lively (in my opinion). Canton is probably the best fit. You’re close to the newish area of Old Navy, Target, Harris Teeter, Social Safeway (Baltimore Edition), and the water! It’s walkable and has the more late-twenties/thirties/forties with dog crowd. Man, missing it just writing this…

  • Jj

    I’d live in Baltimore (Mount Vernon) at least for a year. I love that area of Baltimore and it’s close to Penn Station. Relatively easy commute for the both of you and you can live in a cool city area.


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