11 Reasons Maryland Sucks

By | March 27, 2014





My Post-Maryland Day Reflection Yep, Many people recently celebrated National Maryland Day on March 25th. So many people are so proud of Maryland and love it here but I’m not so enthusiastic. I’ve lived here for about 22 years (88% of my lifetime) and it hasn’t always been that bad but now that I’m an adult, I’m starting to find plenty of reasons to move in the future.

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So, without further ado, onto the list of reasons Maryland sucks:

1. Crime

Police Tape

You’ll get shot. Well maybe not that drastic, but crime here is pretty bad! 9th worst in the USA to be exact. Between Baltimore and Salisbury we have some serious crime problems! A quick Google search brought up Baltimore’s latest incident from Tuesday: a triple shooting in which one woman was killed and 2 more injured. In the past 2 weeks here in Salisbury there have been 2 Police-involved shooting incidents.

2. Taxes & Tolls

Tax Sign

Maryland is known for incredibly high taxes. We are 3rd highest for income tax collected. Plus there’s lots of other taxes, tolls, etc! Increased gas tax in 2013, estate tax AND inheritance taxes (redundant much?), 6% sales tax, etc. The tolls at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge have more than doubled since 2011 from $2.50 to $6. It had been $2.50 since the 70’s! The Bay Bridge-Tunnel tolls increased in 2014 too. Oh and don’t even get me started on the rain tax.

3. Death by Tsunami

A huge flood, tsunami, or rising waters from climate change would just wipe us right off the map! For the most part, Maryland is at or just above sea level and surrounded by water. If sea level rose 20 meters, most of the Eastern Shore would be just a dappling of tiny sandbars.

4. Strict Gun Laws

Woman defending herself

Maryland has incredibly strict gun laws because the government here believes that criminals who intend to hurt people will turn them in or stop buying them if the law passes. Well, when a criminal breaks into my home and threatens me and my family I know that I will not be the lady on the left.

5. Weirdest Shaped State Possible

Maryland Silhouette

I mean someone must have been drunk when they drew the lines! I know that the water dictates a lot of the border, but in my opinion the entire Eastern Shore should be it’s own state called Delaware.

6. Lack of Unity

Speaking of the incredibly weird shape, there is a huge divide between the Eastern Shore and the rest of MD. I mean it’s like 2 different worlds each side of the bay! And there are huge political and cultural differences, but since the Western half has majority of the population, the Eastern Shore really gets the short end of the stick. We rarely get what we want and need over here.

7.  AIDS

Again we’re in the top 10 list! Maryland is #9 for highest AIDS/HIV rates. Who is ready for some good old bloodborne pathogens?

8. We’re a Government State

What I mean is we have an extremely HIGH proportion of people employed by the Government. About 25% hovering just under Washington D.C. Gee I wonder why the taxes are so high? I feel like we need to steal the Texas Motto: Everything’s bigger in Maryland: Big Government, Big Paychecks, Big Taxes. So inflated!

9. Palm Trees Die here

Palm Tree

Yes. This is sad. I love palm trees but they just can’t survive the winter here! But that doesn’t stop the beach town hotels, beach bars, and resorts from importing palm trees every summer! Jeez that’s quite a waste, huh?

10. Terrible for Small Business

Businesses are steadily moving to neighboring states because Maryland is posed to tax businesses to death, literally!

11. Everyone refers to Counties

We have 23 counties. On the Western side of the Bay Bridge everyone tells you what county they are from, not city or town. I find this so bizarre. Do other states do this?? Now I know what you’re thinking about a nagative nancy like me. If you hate it so much, WHY DONT YOU LEAVE? Well if you know me and my housing situation, then you know it’s just not an option right now! If you don’t know my situation, well fear not and stay tuned because it’s a planned post for this blog. But way too much to post right now. Okay so I know there are many more things that makes Maryland totally dumb, but I have been working on this post way longer than I should have and I gotta get ready for roller derby practice! What’s your LEAST FAVORITE thing about Maryland? Or maybe you totally disagree! What do you love about Maryland? I do love me some MD blue crabs and Old Bay! 😉

167 thoughts on “11 Reasons Maryland Sucks

  1. Mich

    I agree that maryland sucks, which is part of why i moved. But one of the most awesomest things about MD is my alma mater – The University of Maryland in College Park, MD! Fear the Turtle!

    And the O’s suck, and the Ravens, well maybe they are okay.

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    1. Bex Post author

      Yes! Glad I’m not the only one. I figured I was gonna catch hell with this post!

      Oh yes you’re a Yankees fan right? I don’t follow baseball, but when it comes to football – well we won’t go there. haha I WISH my team was as good as the Ravens!

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      1. LtRzhevskiy

        It’s not just Maryland. The entire country is a shithole. Granted, the nature is vast and beautiful. I also met some incredibly wonderful people. Yet, the overwhelming majority of the population, politics, regulations, ever growing cost of living, ever diminishing quality of life and the regime that slowly but surely moves toward totalitarian makes it unbearable. Moved back to Russia after 15 years as a citizen of the land of the “free”.

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        1. Ronan Melnychuk

          Hi, I was born in Ukraine and live in Maryland — like you I am going back to Lviv. I hate Maryland. Життя тутай зовсім нестерпно !

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    2. RJ

      Holy balls, what great comments. More or less on target. Here are my views on Maryland.

      There are entire generations of people stuck in the city/poverty, with tons of drug problems going on there because what else are they going to do? Much of the violence/shootings come from the drug issues. This also encourages racial tension.

      There are some serious problems in Maryland, but we have a great mix of ocean, flatland, mountain. I’d say our shape is awesome, albeit nonsensical. It’s a shame the Chesapeake bay has been destroyed over the last hundred or so years. The Orioles and Ravens really hold the city of Baltimore together and have a great spirit about them. We have a wacky mix of people in the Maryland, a grab bag of morons and elitists.

      Maryland’s counties are extremely diverse and unity is nearly impossible for this state. The liberals, blacks, foreigners, etc, are pouring into the State/cities while the conservatives and whites are heading for PA, VA, FL. Even though I hate what it is, I love where I am. Maryland is mine and I won’t just move out to leave the bad guys here to continue its destruction.

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    3. Nolan walters

      How dare you criticize my home state I love the O’s and you are all idiots

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  2. Karen

    Bex, I totally agree with the Eastern Shore being one state, with an exception – the bit north of the C&D Canal needs to be ceded to PA. Delaware has similar issues county-wise, only on a much smaller scale. Everything south of the C&D is like the Eastern Shore, everything north may as well be PA, and that’s where the majority of the population is. I still chose to move here, though. What I love about MD:
    – Crabs!
    – EVO!
    – That guy who will never move away from here

    :),
    Karen

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    1. Bex Post author

      Interesting, I didn’t realize that Wilmington area caused a similar problem for Delaware. Okay so with that info I should propose a new map and we can be our own state! I also love EVO and crabs (plus Old Bay!) If we combine with DE, our state could be famous for small towns, crabs, EVO, AND Dogfish Head! 😉

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  3. Cass

    I HATE Maryland as well. I am a thoroughbred New Yorker, born and raised. Therefore, every other place will be trash to me but Maryland has really outdone itself. I’ve been here since 2010 and I wish that my family and I could just get up and leave. I cannot list every fault I have with this place or else I’d NEVER finish! Haven’t found one good thing about this horrible place. Praying to get out of here and fast, onto bigger and much better things!

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    1. Bex Post author

      Wow I think you hate MD more than me! If I wasn’t terribly under water on my mortgage here, I would be moving ASAP. I can’t wait to escape!

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      1. Mommom

        The same here. I’ve lived in Baltimore since I was born and I’ve grown to hate it since twelve years ago (most of my adult life). Have a HELOC and am having a bad time paying it off or I would move as well. Where is a good place to move to though?

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        1. Bex Post author

          oh man a heloc. I wish you luck getting that paid off so you can escape! When I was researching where to move I spent HOURS on a site called areavibes.com. That helped me choose some places based on what’s important to me. Then my fiance and I have visited a hopeful place on 2 vacations. I think we have found our future location. But nothing is forever! We will rent and keep scoping out new places. You never know!

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    2. carbuck

      Its not that terrible come on, its a fun state to live in its like mini america mountains beaches and plains and hills. How would you say if i said i hate new york which i do the people are not as nice as here or as fun and there is a busy city which i do not like the city of new york it rubbed me the wrong way . Yes though i do want to leave Maryland for colorado but there is still a lot to do in Maryland, there is great mountain biking places all over for me and great sports soccer is good to play in Maryland.

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      1. Bex Post author

        The nature is wonderful here. But for me, personally, the cons outweigh the pros! I just visited Colorado for a short trip. Denver & Loveland. It was beautiful but very dry. I love the beach so I don’t think I could venture too far away from the coast!

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  4. BigDog23

    I hate the people here. some are nice, but most are twats. Rude and arrogant for little to no reason, cliquesh, or just plain phoney and manipulative. Sick of suffering in this hellhole.

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  5. Allison

    Hi there – I believe a more accurate title for this post would be “11 Reasons I Hate Maryland” because at least seven of these are purely your opinion. That’s fine if you think anyone and everyone should have a gun (which is a heavily debated issue all over the U.S.), but Maryland sucks because it has an irregular shape? How does that make it suck? Additionally, palm trees don’t grow in at least 35 out of the 50 states, if not more. That’s hardly a reason the state of Maryland sucks.

    I’ve lived in Annapolis, Baltimore and now Rockville (or Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City and Montgomery County, which is how you suggest people in Maryland speak), and I’ve never been shot or contracted AIDS. I also don’t work for the government, and neither does anyone in my family or my group of friends. I think maybe that “lack of unity” thing you reference may be affecting your opinion of Maryland because you live on the Eastern Shore and seem to have a warped perception of the rest of the state. I don’t pretend to know a lot about the Eastern Shore as I’ve only visited a few towns or driven through it to get to the beach.

    I truly mean no disrespect in my comment, I just feel like a differing opinion might shed some light on some of your misguided points. No state is perfect, and everyone is entitled to their opinions. I certainly don’t plan to live here my entire life, but it’s not as bad as you make it out to be. I do hope that you’re able to move somewhere that will make you happy!

    Cheers,
    Allison

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    1. Bex Post author

      Valid points Allison. Yes this post is an opinion piece which is why it’s published on my personal blog and not in a newspaper. 😛 In fact my post was a differing opinion from this blog post about why maryland is amazing. That, too, was all opinion. So she made the point and I made my counterpoint so you can read her post for a pro-Maryland view!
      Perhaps I have been to your side of the bridge about as much as you have been to mine and maybe we both have warped perceptions on the state.
      Yes I also hope someday to move somewhere that will make me happy, but right now I’m really stuck here with a terribly under water mortgage and rising crime rates in my area are lowering property values faster than I can pay down my house!

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      1. Tracey

        I lived in Maryland for 20 years .. Silver Spring, Wheaton & Rockville .. For some ridiculous reason I moved back to Chicago Illinois ( the south suburbs) .. I have a disabled/ special needs daughter and I am a veteran, although I realize the points the writer is making are true ; Compared to living in the Midwest and other places Maryland is top of the line .. Although it is the “Hollywood” for politics, a bunch of self-important waspy types & a whole bunch of ( I used to be a.. ) self important foreigners, Maryland was the best place to raise kids, employment, schools.. True high taxes but Cook county has higher taxes than Maryland & you r paying for nothing & crime? You haven’t seen crime until you move to the Midwest .
        I know this is a older post & I don’t know if u are a born and raised Marylander , but believe it or not you are in the best spot to be considering the rest of the country.
        I would rather be in a problematic mortgage out there than here in Illinois .. The chance of your property value raising is excellent.. Perhaps it will take a bit of patience .. But here? You are looking at death row.. , I know Baltimore is bad .. That will be ( for the moment ) in fact it reminds me a bit of Chicago .. But I wish I would have never left. Although Montgomery county was mad expensive the quality of living? Awesome! Well I hope things worked out for you .. I am trying to move back.. I appreciate your thoughts ..& I totally agree ..but I wish I could be there complaining ( I did too everyday! Lolol)
        Great post!

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        1. Bex Post author

          Not quite born here but yeah I’ve been here since before kindergarten; So I do admit I lack the experience to compare living and working in MD to any other state. Sorry you’re not happy in Illinois. That’s where my dad is from (Springfield) and he says he hated it and would never go back. But he hates MD too. HAHA.

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        2. John

          I guess you have never visited Geneva, Il. Try the far west suburbs. Very nice.

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      2. Jay

        I must say though this is old, I am taken aback by some…no all of the comments regarding their hate of the State in which I am born and raised. It appears many of you for some unknown reason stereotype or judge an entire State based on their personal knowledge or experience in Baltimore. The worst of the worst of my State! To be quite frank it comes off like you all did not even venture out of the city at all! Maryland has Beaches, waterways,rivers,lakes,and Mountains! It has a self sustaining echo system called The Chesapeake Bay. Sad really

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        1. Bex Post author

          I have spent very little time in Baltimore. I actually live East of the Bay Bridge in the more rural areas.
          I agree that Maryland has some beautiful natural assets. And the Chesapeake Bay is truly amazing; unfortunately that it is in and out of poor health with over harvesting of crab and oyster. I hope that the surrounding states will work hard to keep the Bay healthy.
          This is quite an old post and I had no idea it would get this amount of attention!!

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    2. Mack

      What part of Baltimore yuppyville? I’ve lived in Baltimore for 24 years seen murder rape robbery drugdeals carjackings everything. Though on a side note since I live in the ghetto part of Baltimore that’s normal. Just cause you’ve personally never got held up and robbed doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen.

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    3. carbuck

      i agree i never know anyone who has been shot or got aids in Maryland

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    4. Julia Dyson

      I agree no state is perfect Maryland is a political liberal state govern by people that really don’t have a clue or plainly just don’t give a fuck. Maryland is a money state that’s all legislators worry about. No one cares. The politicians ran this state into the ground. Maryland is going to eventually fall to its knees and everything will be exposed. People here are greedy and Maryland allow these slum lords to get away with not adequately managing and maintaining their rental property. The rent is racially hiked to keep certain elements out of the community. Which is not working. Maryland need fairer and strict rent control so people can meet their rental obligations and maybe one wouldn’t have to resort to crime to support themselves and their families. most people don’t leave because Maryland jobs do pay well. Not all Marylander’s are rude or nasty or manipulative, Aids /HIV is everywhere, children are born with. lifestyles are careless, some people are just infecting people because they are mad that they have that disease. I think that if you make under 50,000.00 you should not have to pay taxes. Everyone is struggling to take care of their families and support them. All of us are a pay check from being homeless or circumstances can change. The Mayor of every major city sucks and does nothing for the cities the represent. I believe if people would get out and advocate for change in the city and their communities it can change. When you oppress people for a long time they come out fighting like a rat being cornered. instead of insulting the state what are you doing to bring change or a solution to the issue that are at hand? Are you educating people how to take control in their communities and get the legislator to change certain laws? it’s enough hate and bashing in the world blog about something uplifting not hurtful.

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  6. Aaron

    I lived in Baltimore, Frederick, Pasadena, Glen Burnie, and Denton. Almost all of this state sucks, if you’re white you are a target in the city. The eastern shore is so boring and not funded like it should be. I will give my homestate some credit though; Old Bay, Orioles, Ravens, Chesapeake Bay, and the DC-Metro Area.

    Silver Spring, Rockville, Frederick, and Montgomery County are such nice places with the highest standards of livings nationwide. But then you drive South or West and run into very poor areas.

    Oh you forgot to bring up one thing: if you are a homeowner on the western shore, you get TAXED for rain. Thanks O’Mally…

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  7. Kay

    I hate MD, moved here from NJ few years ago. It’s a corrupt, over taxed, unfriendly state. I want to move to beautiful FL. 🙂

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    1. Bex Post author

      Yes! I want to move to NC, SC, or FL! But first I need to get my house right-side up (which could take a long time in a crime-ridden neighborhood with ever-declining home values and a ton of my $$ going to taxes and private mortgage insurance UGH!) so that I can MOVE OUTTA HERE!

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    2. Jay

      You coming from NJ calling Maryland Corrupt is rich! lol!!! NJ is listed as one of the most corrupt states in the union. rolls eyes!

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  8. Maryland sucks

    good post. don’t forget the Hispanics are taking over… they are in Anne Arundel county for sure…. 25 yrs ago it was not this bad… today they are everywhere… and they dominate many industries: restaurant, construction, landscaping, cleaning…. just to name a few. No wonder there are so few jobs here for “legal” Americans.

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    1. Bex Post author

      Well that is a whole ‘nother topic for sure. Hot button issue for many. I have no problems with immigration as long as its handled right. I mean that’s what America is – the mixing pot of cultures bound by freedom – in theory anyway!

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    2. Werq

      You’re white trash if you have to compete with “illegal” Hispanics who can barely speak English.

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  9. os

    Dude, your numbers are wrong (on taxes). Your concepts are really wrong (below sea level?!). Other skew and inaccuracy also.

    You should travel, maybe see some comparisons. Many places have counties (or parishes, same thing). If you want “big govenment” go somewhere where every few miles you pass city limits (meaning every few miles, the rules change, the governance changes, the police force changes, there’s ridiculous duplication).

    Tsk.

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    1. Bex Post author

      See my comment below Jaye and TJ’s comments!
      Yes I do need to travel more! I travel for work quite often, but I mostly just see airports, hotels, and convention centers! 🙁 I am still quite young and have lots of learning and exploring to do

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  10. Jaye

    Maryland sucks balls. Lots of wealthy governmental types who are as corrupt as parasites. Lots of parasites living off welfare. Lots of ignorant, dung eating rednecks. One of the states nicknames is “little America” cuz it’s got a little bit of everything. More like a whole lot of nothing. The governor can suck a fart out of my ass. And all the pigs…don’t get me started. I don’t want this arseholes showing up at my door. Maryland is the worst coastal state by far.

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    1. Bex Post author

      Well I see you’ve got a strong opinion, you probably hate MD worse than me even!

      What is your favorite coastal State!? Some day I will move but I don’t want to leave the coast – I just love the Ocean too much. I like Florida, but I think it might be too South/hot for me. I was considering South or North Carolina…

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  11. TJ Javier Avellan

    oh go fucking hell with it because maryland sucks its a bad state and there is alot of crime and crazy whicked things going on here. i am from New York City but i moved to Maryland in 2008 and it was so horrible around these projects and the Frederick County Sheriffs Department hated me and they’re were always against me and Maryland has alot of grumpy people STUPID ASSHOLES!!!!!!! and i moved out of Maryland in 2011 and moved back to New York but it was New York State (Long Island) @ this time and i love New York but all i can tell you is that I Dislike Maryland I Dislike New Jersey and I Dislike Florida but what i do love and like the best is California and i want to live in Downey California so i can close to my Girlfriend Miranda

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  12. Bex Post author

    What, this post has stirred up quite a bit more controversy than I expected it would! eeps!

    os- I did quite a bit of research before I wrote the article. Some of my points are based on my research and some points are just completely my opinion or exaggerated as this is an opinion post. Your comment did prompt some more research about MD elevation and I stand corrected. I have edited the article to reflect these maps I found http://maps.risingsea.net/Regional_Jue/MDVA_1m_interval_without_non-tidal_600dpi.jpg http://www.ianlivingston.com/dcclimo/dc_area_mid_atlantic_topographic_map.pdf
    As far as taxes go, I didn’t cite my sources when I wrote the article, and now I wish I had because that was the topic I did the most thorough research on. Yes MD has very very high taxes. Some taxes are masked as “fees”, “tolls”, “surcharges”, and other sly names. It all comes down to the government collecting money from taxpayers. I couldn’t find the source indicating MD as #3, but I did find the following, MD as #2 actually http://taxfoundation.org/blog/map-state-and-local-individual-income-tax-collections-capita – I also found the following quote, “Taxpayers in Maryland pay an average $8,571 in state and local taxes, 23 percent higher than the national average.” (Source: http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2014/03/21/maryland-10th-highest-for-taxes.html)

    Hope that helps to clear up and correct my points! Thanks for commenting everyone, keep it friendly and productive here please

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    1. john

      The oceans will not rise. That is a theory put out by the global warming scammers. Global warming is a hoax being used to get more tax money and create a feudalistic underclass,so of course the government scammers in maryland have signed onto it. We are going into a cooling trend and could see a little ice age in the next few decades.

      Warming and cooling of the earth is controlled by the sun and has nothing to do with human activity. No one is going to do anything about the sun. Carbon dioxide is what plants breathe.

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  13. DLJD

    I wish I’d read your post before we moved here a few months ago from the West. We’ve lived in five states and I’ve never been anywhere with such high taxes. I researched state income taxes, but not county income taxes, because I’d never heard of that, and have since found out that only 14 jurisdictions in the entire US impose that tax. Maryland also taxes 401K contributions and pre-tax medical premium deductions. And yes … don’t get me started on the rain tax, bag tax, flush tax and having to pay sales tax on vehicles we purchased four years ago in another state ($1500+). You are correct on inheritance and estate taxes – we definitely don’t want to die here. I really don’t understand what such a small state could be spending so much money on. The schools aren’t great, the roads aren’t great, and parks are no different than any other.
    Also, on crime, right after moving into our townhouse we received a notification that there had been 45 auto break-ins during the two months prior.

    We are fortunately just renting and will be moving to Virginia to purchase a house. We are the kind of people that Maryland needs to retain – private sector, above average wages, never taken a government paycheck or benefit – ever!

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  14. Ken Cade

    I hate Baltimore. I didn’t use to. But now that I’ve gotten older. I REALLY hate it. Smh. Im from Mississippi, and use to visit often. So I finally moved here… that was a bad move. The murder rate, taxes, and ugly people is too much. Yuck. The way they dresd is horrible. And the FEW pretty women they do have are with ugly guys. And I mean REALLY UGLY. LOL. Not to be judging. They feed off hatred. The houses are too high. And the police are racist. Smh. The blacks are slave minded, and a lot of the whites think their doing good. But their areas need patching up too. Smh. Wiggers. The Aids rate makes it hard to sleep with anyone. Their unambitious and dumb. Get upset or start sh@t over lil things. Smh. Your right to hate Baltimore. Its Boring. And things that could be fun, they ruin it. Smh. Im leaving this bs city.

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  15. keli

    the fact people read this is amazing because you might be one of the most uneducated people on the internet
    1 there’s only two tolls in md and thats the bay bridge and the ICC and sorry it’s going up they are replacing parts of it
    2 you say a state sucks because of what it looks like… good argument
    2 when’s the last time a tsunami hit the eastern shore? Please let me know
    3 we don’t have strict gun laws except conceal to carry is hard to get but other then that it’s better than most states
    4 yeah there’s a lack of unity because you’re from the eastern shore that’s the trashy side that’s like people from philly trying to tell you how mt pleasant pa is
    5 aids is in baltimore
    6 o I wonder why 25 percent is employed by the Government maybe because we’re next to the fucking capital, va, and in Columbia and baltimore there a lot of government buildings
    7 palm trees die in a lot of other states as well… really? This is why a state sucks sorry it get cold
    8 my town has a lot of small business and so does ocean city
    9 yeah we refer to what county were from because that’s a good geographic land mark people from other states do that as well if you’ve ever traveled which I don’t think you have
    10 wow a triple shooting occurred. .. happens in every state
    11. This was passed around between a group of us because you’re thoughts and opinions and statistics are down right sad

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    1. Bex Post author

      Hey Keli, you could have easily commented and stated your points without insulting me. But I do want to address your comment as I have been with most of my audience. Please refer to my comments from August 4, I made note that this post is meant to be satirical and my opinion. Yes, I tried to back up my opinions with some data from other sites and sources. Sorry you didn’t get that gist.
      In addition, there are many tolls in MD, I’m surprised you only know of 2. Some additional tolls you didn’t mention are: JFK Memorial Hwy, Thomas J. Hatern Mem bridge, Baltomore Tunnel, Ft. McHenry Tunnel, Francis Scott Key Bridge, Will Preston Lane Jr. Mem Bridge, Harry W. Nice Mem Bridge….
      Also the firearms laws here are strict as compared to most states, not just in regards to concealed carry. Especially with the recent legislature in Oct 2013, certain models banned and making it much harder and more expensive to purchase a handgun. It’s a great way for the MD Gov’t to make even more money from its citizens.
      Also, though I may be the most uneducated person on the internet, at least I know the difference between your and you’re.

      If you don’t have anything thought provoking, nice, or productive to say, please don’t bother to comment.

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      1. Nonpartisan

        When you don’t have anything substantial to say just default to pointing out minor grammatical errors. The difference between your and you’re….really?

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    2. Ang hatemd

      Judging by your response to every point listed on this blog, it is clear that you are one of those that “lifer” Marylanders. No matter how much someone with sense points out to you the many negative attributes of Maryland, you refuse to see it. You have more than likely never ventured out past the beltway or MD/Northern VA area. You poor thing, you have no clue that there truly is a world past the MD state line. Despite what the other MD lifers have filled your head with, the world IS round, and there is so much more to life than commuting to your mundane government job, having a couple of drinks on Friday happy hour, while listening to other boring government employees such as yourself, talk on and on about work related stuff and discussing what kind of cake to purchase for the office’s next monthly birthday gathering…and, yes, there actually is a vacation spot rather than Ocean City. We could only be so lucky if a tsunami were to hit Ocean City in mid July and take out a majority of you MD lifers. You see, I have only a couple more years of staying in this God-forsaken state, but I am not planning on trying to convert you lifers…help you see the light, because I don’t like you people. You are annoying with your Purple Fridays and your “hon”, and have no minds of your own. You are rude and pompous and follow the latest fad. I don’t like you and will never understand why you choose to live, and even bask in wallowing in such a miserable existence. Yep. I want you tore aim in Maryland, so when I move away to a much better place…a much happier life…you will not be there to piss me off!

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      1. BETTER LIFE ELSEWHERE

        I agree with you 100%. The people here are braindead conformist with no real sense of reality and individuality. Nothing but a bunch of arrogant self entitled twats and pricks who have done nothing and have been nowhere in life. The taxes and politics suck, but I absolutely HATE THE PEOPLE HERE!! I can’t wait to move out this hellhole and never look back. KELI and NONPARTISIN CAN GO FUCK EACH OTHER AND EACH OTHER’S FAT SHITS!!!

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    3. john

      “3 we don’t have strict gun laws except conceal to carry is hard to get but other then that it’s better than most states.”

      And this has got to be one of the most uneducated statements I have ever heard on the internet. Are you a politician from maryland?

      Go read the story of the transportation police tracking down an out of state gun owner and pulling the whole family out of the car only to find out the gun registered in another state was left at home.

      If its better than most states than why did a federal judge rule 3 years ago that a man whose life was in jeopardy because of maryland gun restrictions. And why did the state of maryland defy the ruling by that judge.

      Why is expensive training and licensing required since the owe malley gun bill passed last year.

      Why are so-called assault weapons banned here when they are legal in dozens of states.

      Maryland is not a shall issue state. Gun permits have always been controlled by the state who determine who needs and doesnt need a gun when the right to self defense is guaranteed in the constitution.

      And you consider this better than most states? What states are you talking about,cuba,china?

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    4. joe

      1 there’s only two tolls in md and thats the bay bridge and the ICC and sorry it’s going up they are replacing parts of it.

      The francis scott key bridge in baltimore is a toll,recently increased to 4 dollars,up from 2 and not for repairs but because of the tax and spend liberals. The fort mchenry and harbor tunnels are tolls and that lists 4.

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    5. mike

      the people who like maryland, are those that NEVER left to see whats out there. Way too many rednecks and chicken shit for me here.

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      1. C

        lmfao! Completely agree!!! I moved here as an unfortunate military kid, and my parents decided it was a good place to stay when they retired. Maryland sucks. I hate it and I want to move to Texas! The people are mean and bitchy. I’m over it.

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      2. samiesaunders

        I beg to differ!!!! I’ve been all over the world and the USA and I still love my home state where I was born and raised. Silver Springs born and Potomac raised.

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    1. fog

      You’re a fucking troll. Seriously, please shut the fuck up with your statist garbage you fucking cunt.

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  16. John

    I hate Maryland! I grew up in Frederick County and moved to Virginia as soon as I could. Maryland is ranked dead last in the US in personal freedoms. It is a giant nanny state that only cares about how much it can control your life and steal your money. Its considered a Southern State but should be in New England because it acts like the tax and spend/gov control states in that region. I look forward to Maryland’s economic collapse because maybe then the people there will wake up and realize Nanny Statism runs counter to the founding principals of America.

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  17. Big Ed

    Columbia Maryland is the worst of the worst in Maryland. This place is filled with assholes, arrogant over educated losers, and people who actually believe that they are relevant. The women talk about their weddings, their stupid ugly kids, and their girl night out to some other stupid girlfriend house to talk about their wedding and their ugly kids. The majority people that live there are worthless government workers or government contractors or as I deem takers. They do not add any value to society but believe they are important. The housing is over priced crap that cost over $500,000 for POS that was put together by unskilled laborers in couple of hours. Then there is this Communist Organization called the Columbia Association that robs all of the residents and make your life a living hell. I could go on for ever with the nut jobs that live here and the green environmental freaks that want to make you sort garbage but I will say this. DO NOT MOVE TO THIS PLACE OR ANYWHERE IN MARYLAND ESPECIALLY HOWARD COUNTY. YOU WILL BE MAKING A BIG MISTAKE. I hate this place and I am counting down the days before I move. I hope the next US Congress and US President will cut Federal government spending drastically and make this place a ghost town. Good Riddance !!!

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    1. Mr. Twig

      Big Ed:

      Your one of the damned reasons why Maryland sucks. Your passive aggressive hatred is why Maryland has turned so volatile. Thats the first thing I would think you would do. Act bonkers. Maryland certainly does not suck because your jealous of people, angry at people, and don’t tell me you have family values cos those aren’t family values. Your a hater.

      Your the loser.

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  18. C.R.

    No mention of the traffic?!!?! How about the fucking $8.00 toll to get out of this shithole on 95 north. The gun laws are awful. The arrogance of people (this is up and down the east coast). Self-important hollow pricks with their “choose civility” stickers constantly picking up the next fadish cause to jam down your throat. Marylanders wipe their asses with the motto” live and let live” in stark hypocritical contrast to the liberal progressiveness they so often tout as basis of their self righteous indignation. Baltimore city pours money into inner harbor while letting the rest of the city rot. Not to mention the Kafkaesque bureaucracy at every agency and department. My wife and I have been stationed here for about 18 months and believe me we are counting the days to move.

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  19. Tom

    I too despise maryland and will expound on my hatred when I have laptop access. Also dear don’t get downed by these uneducated stateys.

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  20. Jenine

    I personally hate Baltimore more than any other place in this state. Mainly because I’ve lived here for a good portion of my life. The public transportation in this town is terrible especially in the afternoon and evenings. There’s always something stupid happening on the Light Rail. The train cars are over 20 years old now and they need to be changed. The quality of life, as other people have mentioned, has also gone down while everything from food, clothing, rent, etc. keeps going up. From what I’ve seen from riding around outside of Baltimore, most of Maryland is rural. We still have farms here, which is a good thing. It’s just that you’re stuck in a grid if you live within the Baltimore-Washington corridor. And please, don’t get me started on D.C.

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  21. Maryland sucks

    how bout them midterm elections? Marylanders said loud and clear “NO THANKS” to Anthony Brown, which would have been Omalley part 2. Seems that even many democrats voted for Hogan. I just hope hogan does what he says he will do. Lower our taxes. … and help the small business and self employed persons. If you work for government, you’re doing ok. Everyone else is probably broke or soon to be broke.

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  22. John

    The best states on the East coast to move to are Virginia, New Hampshire, North Carolina. South Carolina and Tennessee.

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    1. Bex Post author

      I hope to move to NC or SC someday. I know my BF would like to move to TN. I am just chained to my mortgage for now. My neighborhood keeps getting worse and property values are still at the bottom.

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  23. MD Sucks part #2

    I’m from Baltimore, born and raised, graduated from UMBC. I lived in FL for 2 years 94-96 and loved it. I returned to finish at UMBC, would have never finished in FL, too much fun down there! Huge Orioles and Ravens fan! I slept outside Memorial Stadium when I was 17 for last game Orioles tickets in 1991. I bought a house in Canton (Baltimore City) in 2000, one of the worst mistakes of my life, nothing but regret. I was stuck with the row house till May when some yuppie snobby real estate developer bought it from me, not complaining -walked away free and clear, no profit! The contractors in baltimore city who work for homeowners will do a half ass job and take you to the cleaners, a real landmine! The good ones don’t mess with homeowners, I don’t blame them. Wait till they start building the red line down there in 2016! All the liberal white yuppie’s will run to the counties with they’re mocha lattes, frappuccinos, and coexist bumper stickers lol! Watch Canton turn into another ghetto, the red line will destroy Canton with crime! You’ll be able to travel from security square mall to canton (and everything in between). The canton residents I met wanted the train to go underground but the city refused to change plans. I sold the row house, took the money and ran – now I live in VA. What a difference for the better. VA is not as developed as MD but who cares. I don’t like some things about VA, VA vehicle property tax and annual inspections, but what a difference in laws and people. You can feel it in the stores, the restaurants, people seem to be more friendly and respectful. I won’t be going back to MD if I can help it. The liberals have flushed the state down the toilet. Between the ridiculous strict gun laws and the crazy logic in MD “worse is better”, I finally broke free and now reside in the commonwealth of VA! I miss the MD I remember but it’s a lost cause imo. Life is too short, move while you can!

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    1. Bex Post author

      HEY now! I want a coexist bumper sticker for my car, and i like a fancy coffee but I’m no “liberal white yuppie”! haha I also enjoy target shooting with my .380, bonfires, hunting, fiscal responsibility, and [big] fireworks. 😉

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  24. I. M. Frustrated

    Maryland has been getting worse and worse. Business unfriendly, and people unfriendly. The State employees are the worst in Maryland. Rude and they go out of their way NOT to help you. The people are the worst here, I can’t wait to move. vI have lived in 12 states and Maryland is the worst. I can’t wait to leave. The economy is in shambles, the people unfriendly, the housing aweful, more and more Marylanders I talk with are frustrated here. The new Governor Hogan will NOT be able to change what are the WORST state employees of any state in the union. They are rude to young people here too. Most states treat young residents with some kid gloves but Marylands state employees are especially unhelpful and rude to young people. God aweful and no wonder why it recently turned RED. You can never contact the government for anything, no phone answering anywhere, they put you on hold for an hour and then hang up on you. I am leaving ASAP. Every other state I lived in was so much better at the state level. Among the worst of Maryland … The MVA, Unemployment, …. shoot I could just go on and on, I have yet to find a competent government organization because the employees are the worst.

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    1. Bex Post author

      Hey I M Frustrated too! haha. Please share some of the BEST states you’ve lived in please so I have some ideas of where to go when I eventually move! 🙂

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  25. I. M. Frustrated

    Sure I can list the best states I have lived in. But first let me expound on a couple of the HORRIBLE ways of the increasingly crummy state of Maryland.

    1) the biggest is the Maryland State Insurance Compliance SCAM. Thousands of Maryland residents have had thousand of dollars STOLEN from them by the state of Maryland in this capital CRIME. The nutshell is if you somehow let your auto insurance lapse the state of Maryland WILL fine you THOUSANDS. But what the USA doesn’t know is that GEICO and other Insurance companies are COLLUDING with the state of Maryland to make sure YOU get Fined big fines. They do this but “updateing their systems” for policy holders that end up in a insurance lapse that customers are unaware. You find out later but the State of Maryland WILL STEAL thousands from YOU because you were unaware of these companies changing their systems resulting in a lapse. The Maryland insurance compliance SCAM is the single greatest CRIME in the united states of america. ALL of that money should be returned to those people IMMEDIATELY along with a formal apology from the state. Thousands of Marylanders have been ROBBED.

    2) Probably 2nd is the Drivers License process which unique to Marylands requires young people to take an expensive Maryland Certified driving course, often a long difficult drive for the parents. The entire process takes years and then what happens, MOST of these young people still fail the driving test given by nasty state employees. The process takes years and the young end up frustrated. This is a road to hell for sure. To top it off the MVA staff force parents to “come back” with birth certs and other docs that should not be needed on top of that their is a 3 to 6 month wait to take the test that they will fail. So many Maryland youngsters are over 18 and STILL TRYING to get their license and the parents impoverished in the process. Christ it is bad. They basically go out of their way to harass the youngsters and their parents.

    3)Pay roads, Maryland is increasingly adopting these roads for the wealthy. No one of limited means can afford to use which brings to the next

    4) The traffic is horrible, this little tiny state can’t build or maintain roads but California with 100 times more road distance can. The traffic is always funneled into jams with alternatives non existent unless you have money then you get a brand new road with NOBODY on it. The state always build new lanes years AFTER they are needed instead of the opposite. Double lanes roads are given low speed limits for ticketing. Somewhat of a police state but probably because all the residents are frustrated into anger. Yuk.

    I could go on and on why Maryland smells bad. I am tired of Typing. So good states I have lived in ..
    These are states where the state employees are generally friendly and helpful and where the general residents are considered before a scamming few. The best States I have lived in order … Florida, Texas, North Carolina. These states really DO NOT harass their population. The State organization are somewhat streamlined and the employees mostly friendly and helpful. California is better than MD state employees are more helpful there and Virginia could be but has a similar people problem to Maryland maybe a little better there. DC is horrible, NY is so-so.

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    1. carlos

      Holy shit buddy, you sure hit the nail on the head with that one, especially about the state employees.

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    2. Ellary

      I absolutely positively AGREE with you, i’ve lived here all my life and fighting like ‘HELL ‘to get out of this Shitty State.!!!

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  26. I. M. Frustrated

    Oh forgot to mention that Maryland is the SMACK capital of the world NOW. How is that for WORST places on EARTH. There is ONLY on place on EARTH that is worst than Maryland …. Syria, Do not laugh it is totally true. This place this state is a national disgrace to a nation that IS a disgrace. The truth is painful but it is GOD’s truth and not some joke. The MVA and the ISLameic State deserve WORLD WIDE public shaming all the wold must unite to remove evil.

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  27. I. M. Frustrated

    life in Maryland is beyond bad. Wanted to mention one more thing about the EVIL maryland MVA. The MVA locations are ALL so dangerous that they NOW have multiple FULL-TIME state police officers keeping a constant watch over the POOR citizens that go into those evil centers. Why are there multiple full-time state troopers in these centers … well they were NOT there a few years ago …. and it in most definitely not fear of some muslim boogie man …. it is because the Maryland MVA is robbing so many people so often the these MVA centers are literally the MOST DANGEROUS PLACES on EARTH. They routinely push citizens to the brink and the citizens push back. The average wait time in the MVA centers is 5 hours so YOU are stuck in the MOST DANGEROUS place on earth for HOURS. Marylanders desperately need some savy Lawyesr to file a Class Action Suite against the MVA for endangerment. All Maryland residents feel very scared and unsafe in these facilities. All MARYLANDERS ARE AWARE HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE GETTING ROBBED BY THE MARYLAND MVA AND ARE IN FEAR OF THEIR AND THEIR CHILDRENS LIFE WHEN THEN ARE FORCED TO ENTER THESE MVA FACILITIES AND REMAIN THEIR FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME. God’s truth Maryland is the Worst place on earth (sans Syria.)

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  28. carlos

    Yeah, Fuck Maryland!! They just offset my tax refund for an mva violation. Now I know it’s my fault, but the thing is, 8 had a payment arrangement in good standing. They took it anyway.

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  29. empire of hero's

    My biggest problem with this place are the freaking PEOPLE!! I came to this site looking to see if there were others who felt the way I do as most of the sites previously basing Maryland have been removed only leaving sites praising this hellhole. I can’t wait to move it west..can’t fucking wait!!! The people here are nasty cliquish backstabbing pieces of shit and hate anyone or anything different from them. I hate these fucking people….HATE HATE HATE THEM !!!

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    1. Trish

      I hate it too worst experiences ever. Cost of living is too high for what you get. Horrible people. Went to family court here its a joke. Very racial still. High homeless population. I just hope I can get financially stable get my daughter and never return.

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  30. Left Maryland

    Bex,
    I lived in Maryland for 8 years was away for a few years due due to work, back for 10. When I could not take the taxes in Montgomery county,I moved to northern Virginia for 3 years. I fortunately had a job change and was able to move back to the west coast where I am from, not California. The weather is so much better, I love the rain and the people are more open and accepting. Taxes are lower too. No rain tax. O’Malley added 48 taxes when he was governor. The state is beyond hope due to the public employee unions.

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  31. Jima

    Well, I could not have said it better. When I first moved down to Maryland, back in the late 1960’s, it was alright. Not wonderful, but ok. Slowly as the years passed, I watched it rapidly get worse and worse. One tax after another kept popping up, year after year. Property taxes sky rocketed. “Service” fees you have to pay which you get poor or horrible service. On top of it, companies are moving out daily due to taxes, rules and regulations. I just read that Beretta in Southern Maryland is moving to Tennessee. Crime? Of course there is going to be crime! Marylander’s do not have any rights to defend themselves, family or homes, especially with the “retreat” law. Add to it, Prince Georges country police has been in the news for years for their brutality. The list goes on and on. We [my wife and I] are looking for either another state to move to or another country. We are also afraid that if we move, Maryland will impose a “departure” tax if we leave. Either way, we want out of this mistake of a state.

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    1. Chris Baker

      Couldn’t have said it any better. Moved to Florida in 1999, best thing I ever did. God bless and help any sane, non-liberal, people stuck there.

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  32. Joe

    I have lived in Maryland my whole life grew up in Dundalk.moved to the Eastern shore 15 years ago ,the Land of the highest water rates Tax,Tax,and re-Tax. Selling my house ,and moving out of this shit hole State.

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  33. Maryland is the best state.

    I just want to say to all you Maryland haters that Maryland is the best state….best state to get the fuck out of…LOL! Fooled yah uh? I have to say in my opinion Maryland is the worse damn state I have ever lived in. I’ve been all over the country and lived in CA, Denver, Co, Dallas, TX (One of my favorites by the way) and of course I’m from Louisiana. Moved up to this shit hole place called the Eastern Shore, in 2005, and pretty much hated it ever since. Ocean Pines, MD is ok with me but the rest of this area sucks big fucking time, especially Salisbury. This city has a dark force over it and its extremely oppressive and boring, and everyone I know wants to get the hell away from this shitty city. So if anyone is reading this and maybe thinking about moving to Maryland, especially the Eastern Shore I would strongly suggest not to do it, unless you just have to. If you do come don’t bother trying to make friends, everyone for the most part is phoney as hell, they don’t like outsiders at all, and this place just doesn’t have a good feel to it at all, at all, at all! So there you have been warned, I cant wait to get the hell out of this entire state, counting the days to get the fuck and go back south. Chow. I hate this fucking city called Salisbury, MD.

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    1. Bex Post author

      HA! You had me fooled for a sec! Yes Salisbury is terrible. Property taxes within Salisbury are among the highest in the state yet average income is very LOW compared to cities on the western side of the bay bridge.

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  34. dityhyena

    MD is the WORST state ever!!! I call it marylandistan or even the peoples republic of MD. I dont understand how the people that live here are so loud and proud of this shithole, corrupt politics, yeah right,hogan aint gonna save this hell hole, high taxes, tolls on every road/overpass/bridge. highest crime/murder rates in the USA let alone heroin is the best in this state! its easier to obtain a firearm illegally due to owe,malleys gun control laws which didn’t do anything to deter crime. protip: md blue crabs come from down south, where freedom is. most md’ers dont know this nor should you eat ANYTHING from that filthy bay.

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    1. Bex Post author

      YES when I go out to eat I always ask where the crabs are from. Oftentimes they’re from North Carolina! Because we have completely stripped the beautiful Chesapeake of its natural filters (oysters) and all the blue crabs!

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  35. Justin

    I live in waldorf aka Charles county 🙂 and I completely agree. I have lived here for about 25 yrs, and I can’t say anything good about it. The one thing that gets to me, is the rudeness of people here. My grandparents live in upstate New york, and I love visiting them, obviously because I love them, but the other reason is the friendly atmosphere. Thanks for your post on maryland.

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  36. eric

    I’d forget about arguing with people, BEX…. I was watching “12 o’clock boys” last night (Baltimore documentary about ‘minority’ bikers…man, what language…they have no future at all)…Could absolutely not believe how people behaved in Baltimore…Nasty place…and no amount of money / taxes & liberal, coddling ideas will cure that area – or other areas like it (I just have not seen this in the Southwest or West Coast)…The culture is probably not ‘curable’…So, my advice is to TAKE THE LOSS ON THE HOUSE, BEX !!…and come to SAN DIEGO…or Santa Barbara…But get the heck out of Baltimore…Let the liberals keep throwing money down the drain…JUST LET GO, BEX….NOT FIXABLE…But makes for great, polarizing politics and promised handouts. (just let em live in their own filth…if that’s THE WAY THEY WANNA LIVE)

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    1. Bex Post author

      Hey Eric thanks for the comment! I’m still here in MD right now. Going on 8 years since I bought my house which is still only currently valued about 50% what I paid. I’m still over $45k under water. I’m getting pretty serious about the foreclosure idea.

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  37. Morris

    Maryland fucking sucks…their driving rules suck…they try anything to earn a few bucks…so im from va and i have never heard of such dumb ass citation.. i got a ticket for coming to a red light and not stopping “completely” and i made a right turn…it says you have to completely stop to check for cars then turn. but in va we can drive and if there are no cars coming through the intersection especially in my direction im turning, i can go ahead and make the turn…thats just a waste of time unless there are pedestrians and vehicles, there should be no reason i have to completely stop like an idiot behind the white line to make a right turn. Maryland, FUCK YOU.

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    1. Bex Post author

      And now MD drivers don’t need to know how to parallel park to pass the driving test? SO DUMB.

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  38. Ron

    You can add mayor of Baltimore and the district attorney Mosby to list of reasons Maryland sucks. Its embarrassing to see how much the state is deteriorating lately. The mayor orders police to stand down and let themselves be abused by looters and arsonists, and Ms. Mosby throws all police under her “hate bus”. Sadly, Baltimore will become just like Detroit if current trends continue and the city will be a ghost town.

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    1. Proud Westerner that's NOT a Maryland Moron

      Baltimore IS DETROIT, but both are worse than living down south, where people are peaceful. Even people in South Carolina remarked on TV, “Unlike Baltimore, we South Carolinians DO love God, go to church, don’t riot and burn down our stores and neighborhoods like some satanic worshippers might do!”

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      1. Jenine

        I AGREE. Baltimore is LIKE Detroit. Much of the city has deteriorated due to decrease in property values and abandoned row houses. Many of these vacant homes are used as crack houses too. 🙁 It’s a sad state of affairs and ever since the Freddie Gray riots many people from out of town are afraid to go to Baltimore. Don’t blame them in the least. I just use the city to get to other parts of the county whenever I ride the MTA, but I tolerate it, mind my business and hope no one thinks I’m giving them a nasty look. Because if they do, it could be all over for you. No kidding there.

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  39. Former Marylander

    My family is 11 generation Marylanders, ran tobacco farms in Southern PG county. Still a town with my last name and the land was originally granted by the King of England. I left at 18 and stayed in WA state after the military. All of my family still lives on the bay. The gun laws are atrocious and O’malley should be tried and hung for treason. The sobriety checkpoints are nothing more than communist Russia, and taxes are a disgrace. The worst is taking my daughter back there and needing to get a license for her to throw a chicken neck off the end of the pier to catch a couple crabs. When did MD go so wrong? I remember just getting in my boat at 12-18 yrs old, no license, and running the rivers, crabbing, fishing, drinking without the fear of huge fines for what I did in my boat. The liberal progressives ruined the state. They used to just stay clumped near the big cities. They moved into the rural areas to build their Mcmansions and ruined it all. However, the same idiots that ruined their liberal bastions on the East Coast and California, are now trying to destroy WA State with the same crap they are running from. Its a serious disease. As I fly my kite, drink my beer, shoot the cans, throw my frisbee, camp with an open fire on my WA beach, I do think back to the shlubs at Ocean City, spending thousands, and obeying those god- aweful “DO NOT DO” beach signs, like the brainwashed idiots that they are. Ignorance is bliss I guess. How can you call what MD does- freedom? No thanks.

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  40. Blaine

    I felt the exact same way about MD. I was born and raised in MD, went to college in PA and just finished graduate school in Chicago. I cannot wait to move back. I have certainly come to appreciate MD since it has been gone. There are mountains and oceans cities and countryside. After driving through flat land you miss mountainside scenery. After going to lake Michigan you miss actual waves. Bottom line is each state has their own egregious laws. If you are caught speeding 10 mph over in Virginia you are faced with a criminal charge, not a standard traffic ticket. In PA you can only buy 12 packs of beer 1 at a time if not from a beer distributer. MD has a little bit of everything and the county you live in really makes all the difference, just need to pick one that caters to your lifestyle and interests. And oh, you make a higher income in MD over most states.

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  41. Jeremy

    Of course your tax complaints are offset by the fact that Maryland has the 2nd highest income per capita in the country and the highest median household income… Perhaps instead of looking at sheer numbers you should look at it in context. And to the comment about terrible schools, according to Education Week (a well respected education organization), Maryland is the 3rd best state for education behind only New Jersey (by 2/10 of a percentage point) and Massachusetts.

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  42. Proud Westerner that's NOT a Maryland Moron

    I agree MD does suck, because its an epicenter for East Coast born MORONS. There’s TOO many white and black trash school dropouts with Baltimore Ghetto mindsets having low, Forest Gump IQ’s, smoking cigarettes and throwing trash out of their cars/trucks, wearing racist Redskin (“KILL ALL NATIVE AMERICANS!) shirts while trying to run people over with their vehicles, since most Marylanders, being morons, seem to be unable to pass a driver license Test, as noted in the national news media, according to Insurance studies results on all 50 states. The public schools here are terrible–Maryland Morons certainly don’t know Geography (where is N, S, E, W?) or American History–these “DUH’s” know little about their own state’s history–what a shame and embarrassment for so-called Americans. [I grew up west of the MISS RIVER and work for the FEDS, these Marylanders would be considered hicks and complete losers if they ever try to move off their little “East Coast” to THE REST OF AMERICA, such as Florida, Texas, California, Illinois, Washington State, Hawaii, Alaska, etc.] No one I know in the other 40+ states moves to Maryland except New Yorkers and Jersians that can be even MORE concentrated dumber than Marylanders, and illegal dark-skinned immigrants who already know little about the USA but have the same exact trashy mindsets and lifestyles White and Black Trash Marylanders already possess.

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  43. mike

    I was called a cracker my first week here. I can’t find a job, the roads are destroying my car, I cant find a house or apt that isn’t over run with low income, poor drug dealers. Salisbury is a shit hole. Stay away.

    I took the plunge, got a place in Colorado. Just gotta wait out the summer. Damn drunk college kids down here are pissing me off

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  44. Not native

    Well half my life, 23 years in maryland. It is truly a mix of all kinds. Liberals had as much to do with making this state crap as any other group. Overfishing, and pollution by ignorant people are more to blame. Crime, greed, and ignorance are the best descriptors for this state. Poor and rich of all religions and political background. But a lot of America is full of religious nuts lacking education in the areas that make religion obviously false. After going around the world and realizing our great country has fallen so far, I think about how most of the US reeks of garbage and fried food. Maryland recycles very little just like the rest of the country. I guess people believe God will be here soon, so they can ignorantly trash the place and not effect our great grand children. Humans are truly stupid overall, even the so called educated. Especially in Maryland.

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  45. Lev Ellian

    I appreciate your opinion-based article on Maryland. Having lived in both Maryland and Delaware equally throughout my life, I think that I’m a subject matter expert on this topic. Not only have I lived in both states, but I’m also a cop.
    Maryland is a liberally based, politically corrupt and overly diverse state. Quite frankly, it a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants (especially Montgomery County). As a matter of fact, the Montgomery County government (police department) issued a memorandum several years ago prohibiting its police officers from working with DHS/ICE in accordance with federal laws. Additionally, the county government issued a statement and order that denied compliance with the federal Secure Communities Act (aka Safe Communities Act). How does a county/state order super-cede federal law? Answer: it doesn’t … but it goes uncontested in Montgomery County. And there is no lawful reason why …
    We can discuss firearms laws and regulations all day, but the fact is that criminals will always get their hands on whatever types of guns they want regardless of whatever “laws” they pass … and the ammunition and high capacity magazines that go with them. Maryland gun laws are solely created and based upon the political agenda of the year. God forbid you have to protect your own life in Maryland these days … the state politicians that know nothing about firearms could care less. Any good citizen that tries to buy a handgun and get a concealed carry license has to go through ridiculous, expensive process. Most concealed carry license applications are declined “for lack of cause”. Who the hell is the state to deny our personal protection?
    Speed cameras in Montgomery County. There was an evaluation report written and accidentally published online that indicated where speed cameras placed in Montgomery County would produce the most revenue. It became apparent that the speed camera program in Montgomery County (the most over-populated county in Maryland) could produce an extensive revenue source for the county. Safety? What safety? This began as an issue about money. And it continues today. Recent news articles show that Montgomery County speed camera revenue is down. Don’t forget that they have a large number of “mobile” speed cameras that can be moved around. It’s also interesting to note that the county fines its police officers for speeding when they respond to calls for service (even though they’re exempt by law). How fast do you want police to respond when you call them?
    When I speak of Maryland, I can only speak for Montgomery, Frederick and Washington counties where I’ve lived. Frederick and Washington counties have their act together … except Frederick County is currently falling victim to the liberal masses moving in from Montgomery. It’s a shame. There should be a road block or physical political fence in place between the two counties. Montgomery County “libtards” are starting to infect Frederick County in vast numbers. The population is up, crime has increased, traffic congestion is increasing, housing development is destroying the farmlands, wild land and county atmosphere, and political liberalism is infecting the government. It needs to cease immediately. Hopefully Governor Hogan’s plans will see results.
    The bottom line is this … Maryland USED to be a great state. Now, Maryland is a weak, pitiful. liberal, over-populated and a federal law-avoiding state. There is no excuse. The best citizens of Maryland reside in the eastern-most and western-most parts of the state. It’s time that we take this state back … by any means necessary.
    The idea of separation has been introduced … the state of Western Maryland.
    The way that this state … and country … is going, we’re more apt to find American citizens taking back their states and country before the politicians and illegals take full control of it.
    It’s the foundation of America and the ideology to keep it that way.

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  46. Hell's Prison

    Some of the phoniest and nastiest people I’ve ever come across have been in this fucking place. Alot of them are stuck up for no reason. You have some decent and nice ones, but generally speaking, the people are very nasty and just want to get over on you to feed their pathetic little shit egos. They are vile, cliquish, and ignorant and know nothing about life outside this shithole. Get me the fuck outta here

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    1. Mr. Twig

      Your correct. The wives are shallow and superficial. If your not wearing fancy clothes that day and it’s sweat pants day or laundry day at home, these ladies come out swinging. They’ll get down right nasty about men not wearning fancy clothes. What normal man wears $199.00 jeans at home. I wear some $19.99 cheapie jeans. I’m no snob. Some men are not.

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  47. jason

    I have read all the comments posted on this blog thread and there are some good points about corruption, taxation, and limiting freedoms directed at Maryland. I grew up in Anne Arundel county and have been living in the south (Georgia and Florida) for the past 17 years but I’m planning on moving my family back up there ASAP. The lower taxed southern states are not as rosy as the numbers look on paper. Number one reason to get out of here is JOBS and low wages. We are a hard working family of 3 and with 15 years of experience each we struggle to make $40,000 a year combined! Couple that with the higher costs of all consumer goods such as food and gas which is 25% higher in Florida then Maryland for example and you have a terrible struggle on your hands. Property taxes can be much higher here too if you aren’t careful where you end up. I had a house in southern Georgia worth $150,000 that had an $11,000 a year property tax bill for example. The other common misconception is that the south is friendly, not anymore since most of it has been taken over by the same rude ass holes everyone is complaining about and trying to escape in the Northeast. Same as far as politics goes, as they move south they bring the failed northeastern logic and policies with them. At the end of the day you just have to realize that nowhere is perfect and make your own choice but for me and my family making a solid living wage is more important than year round palm trees and carrying a concealed weapon even if I have to suck up my conservative principles and cut a massive wasteful tax payment to the state for the “pleasure” of living there.

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  48. ck

    ive lived eastern shore all of my life, 35 years that is, and I think the eastern shore is worst place to raise a family and the education here lacks so much, therefore yes I am at Eastern Shore dropout. everyone is wrapped up into theirselves and more about bullying, racism, homoism , then helping out brothers and sisters in need and people whom need our help

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  49. Drew

    I had to leave Maryland even tho I was born and raised in Baltimore. My mother moved us to a place called deal island. That was the worse choice she made. The people are nice if you are just visiting but it’s different if you move there from Baltimore.

    My family and I was treated like shit by just about everyone. We did meet a few people there but as time went on we pretty much got screwed by them also. Some of them people in deal island and salisbury made baltimore people look like saints.

    I remember I was working at a place called Camden corners. I was placing things on selves and I saw a cookie tin that had baltimore on it. I started I am from there and the guy I was working with told me to never tell anybody where I was from and I found out why.

    I would ask why I am I hated because of where I am from. I was told stuff like we would buy up hunting land or because of what Shaffer has said. I don’t hunt nor did I ever vote for Shaffer because I was too young at the time.

    Me nor my family did anything to anyone there and tried to help people in need. We was always taken advantage of. People say its almost heaven well thats bull crap because it was hell. Between the people and the place having biting bug known to man it really sucked.

    My kids where treated like crap by the locals and they where bullied and nothing was ever done because of who was involed. All we got was it’s being taken care of or get a lawyer.

    I found my break and moved out of state and I have not looked back. My children are doing a hell off a lot better than they did down there. I just hate that they where born in salisbury.

    I would move back to baltimore before I would every think about going back to the eastern shore.

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  50. Marylander no more

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I heard that all kids in Maryland must perform community service in order to graduate from high school.

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    1. Bex Post author

      At the time I graduated high school, that was indeed a requirement. It was also pre-planned to be fulfilled within the school hours, a little bit each year. Nothing highly substantial (IMO).

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  51. Ex-Northerner

    I moved to Maryland for a job and I’m trying really hard to like the state, because I love my job, but OMG. Seriously, this place SUCKS. I’m kicking myself for not going to Nebraska or Michigan instead. You heard me. I’d rather live in Detroit than any part of this godawful state.

    Let’s start with the part where everyone who’s not scraping to get by seems to be a bourgeois jerk. A whole lot of overpaid, entitled dickweeds. HoCo and MoCo make me sick to my stomach; they’re nonstop parades of obscene displays of privilege. The whole obsession with counties is pathetic–but it’s because cities have no identity of their own, they just all blur into one another like a beige pile of cat barf.

    The summer heat and humidity are intolerable and utterly maddening; it makes everyone in my household feel ill for months on end, even the dogs. This is the only place I’ve ever lived where I gain weight in the summer because it’s too hot to actually exercise. The winter is pathetically wimpy and everyone whines like little babies if there’s a smattering of snow or the temperature drops below freezing for a day. School is canceled at the faintest hint of snow. And they can’t drive in the snow, and yet, they’re not smart enough to stay home–they’d rather endanger everyone on the road by driving 15 mph in the wrong damn lane.

    Every time I have to drive more than 10 miles, the traffic makes me want to kill someone. Anyone. Even myself. These entitled idiots like to hang out in the next-to-leftmost lane and drive below the speed limit, totally clogging the roadways with stupid. They’ve clearly never heard of “stay right except to pass”. The bicyclists don’t know the rules of the road and they’re just as entitled jerks as the drivers.

    The taxes are really high and you don’t get what you pay for. The cost of housing is really high and you don’t get what you pay for. All the housing in my area is dinky, overpriced beyond belief, and not actually for sale. If you do manage to get a house, don’t expect to be able to hire a contractor to get proper air conditioning (without which you will slowly go insane) because they won’t return your calls. Even if you try to throw money at them.

    Water costs me 3x as much here as anywhere else I’ve ever lived, and it’s the worst municipal water I’ve ever had. Detroit’s water is a damn sight better. Upstate NY water is like ambrosia from a gilded chalice by comparison.

    The MVA is on an insane power trip and has the world’s longest lines; the NY DMV is a dream by comparison, and staffed by much nicer people. I had to get my marriage license re-issued to get a damn driver license. I had to pay super extra taxes on my car to get it registered. My husband can’t get a driver license, even after getting his birth certificate re-issued and jumping through hoops to satisfy all their picky requirements. To register a car, you have to have not one but 2 inspections at different times, because that totally makes sense.

    The environment is horrendously degraded. Invasive species everywhere, in all the parks. Erosion like mad–I’ve never seen anything like it, but it’s because of the soil type, undersized culverts, and impervious over-paving of everything. Air pollution is terrible; they regularly warn you to stay inside in the summer, and a lot of road signs are literally blackened by emissions from vehicles. There’s trash everywhere. Ever hear of a bottle deposit?!?

    They actually pave “paths” in parks, which is what people in the rest of the country call a “road.” You have to drive a really long way to find a natural space that’s not crowded and depressingly polluted–and the drive back home erases any zen you achieved while outdoors. There’s no such thing as a wilderness area here, which makes me want to cry. There are no national forests at all (one of only 10 states with that honor). I haven’t seen a real freshwater lake in almost 2 years. The shore is so commercialized and overdeveloped it’s sickening.

    At the first tick bite, my spouse got Lyme. There’s an 80% Lyme infection rate among ticks in this godforsaken state because all the natural predators of rodents have been driven or killed off. Good luck staying healthy if you like to spend time outside. If you can even tolerate being outside, that is.

    And they put Old Bay on everything. GROSS.

    Screw Maryland.

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  52. GordonCoCuuula

    Maryland Truly does SUCK!! I was born and raised in the EQUALLY Sucky and worthless state of Delaware…. The people in these two useless states should do what I did and move as FAR AWAY AS POSSIBLE!! I moved to Idaho, where people are free…but DO NOT COME HERE IF YOU ARE FULL OF EAST COAST BULLSHIT!!!!! Maryland and Delaware…your leaders have always been useless, worthless, clownshoes…….absolutely corrupt and incapable of making an informed decision……you would be better served having monkeys and goats representing you….not kidding!!! Leave now and let all the idiots who stay suffer….screw you east coast bullies

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    1. Bex Post author

      At least DE is better in the way of taxes and better for small business. The beaches are nice also but the season is a bit short.

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  53. Anne

    I live in MD, unfortunately. My complaints are that the people are shady, paranoid, fickle and dishonest; most drivers are idiots (which I guess is true everywhere but it’s really bad here); and every day there are planes flying (or rather ROARING) low and loud over my house. Sometimes even at night. It’s hard for us to hold down a house too. You rent, you’re sunk.

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  54. cemego

    Maryland does suck. Here’s some things you forgot.

    1. It makes you ashamed to be a democrat.
    2. the people are selfish and rude
    3. it is all chain stores and restaurants.
    4. the food sucks
    5. there’s not a single good slice of pizza in the whole state.
    6. the WORST planning ever of roads, transit, parking, businesses.
    7. horrible sprawl.
    8. bars where the only access is to drive drunk to and from them.
    9. prices are high
    10. the power goes out too much (pepco sucks)
    11. the traffic is the worst I have ever seen.
    12. nothing lengthens a trip like driving out of, thru or anywhere in maryland.
    13. people drive in the left lane constantly here (and are not fined for it).
    14. the taxes are off the scale and the infrastructure is crumbling.
    15. it stinks. literally. it smells bad.
    16. the beaches are crummy and full of ghetto ass’d people or snobby retiree’s who think they’re on the french riviera.

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  55. cemego

    oh yeah, almost forgot.

    some of the ugliest and brutalist architecture ever. There is not a single good looking building in this whole state. The skylines of it’s cities are hideous. (look at baltimore, its ugly. columbia, rockville, bethesda… some of the dumpiest ugliest looking skylines you will ever see).

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    1. Bex Post author

      OH yes I can agree with that. It seems like urban planning, architecture, & design have never been a priority

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  56. Bob

    There seems to be a lot of haters out in the area and I do agree to a point. But if you take in perspective the things around you not just the negatives in front of you, maybe the positives will out way.By becoming a leader in your community rather than a complainer things could change one day at a time

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    1. Bex Post author

      You have a great point.

      I did get involved a bit locally but it’s hard to affect change when the govt/leaders are all pointing fingers at one another and won’t agree on anything! It just gets to be frustrating and disappointing. But becoming a leader and making change is much more productive than complaining for sure.

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  57. Victor

    Hi. I have lived her about 18 months now. I live on the border of Baltimore City and Baltimore County. (Northwest Baltimore).
    This is a pretty affluent area. The one thing that stands out here to me, the one thing I absolutely HATE about this state is how unbelievably rude people are here!!!
    I am originally from the New York City area. Maryland must hold the title for RUDEST state in America! It doesn’t matter where I travel in this crummy state—people are just so damned RUDE!!! I would even go as far to say hostile… I just don’t get it! I took my wife and kids on a vacation to Virginia and compared to Maryland it was like night and day! Practically every Virginian I encountered was polite, friendly and helpful! Before I left for vacation with my family, a Jiffy Lube worker here gave my car an oil change. He turned out to be from Virginia Beach originally. When I told him that is exactly where my family and I were headed for vacation, he was all smiles. He told us we would experience real Southern hospitality down there and he was 100 percent right! As soon as we crossed over from this crab-by, crummy state, people were just so warm and friendly. Things have become so outrageous here in Maryland that you can’t even smile and say hello without someone scowling at you or looking at you like you are crazy! And forget about trying to make friendly, casual conversation- people here won’t even answer you! This place really sucks! The lottery is another lousy aspect of life here too. Most state lotteries are rigged, that goes without saying, but, WTF??!! buy 10 scratch off tickets and you will lose every single time!! Finally, the wages here are disgustingly low. That is really unacceptable because prices here are just as high as in the New York Area!! (perhaps with the exception of rent/housing, but even that is steadily becoming on a par with New York)! One thing I have noticed is how incredibly expensive both gas and food is in Maryland. So, why am I here? Well, my father was a telecommunications Manager and was relocated here back in 1985. My dad passed away in 2010 and my mom in 2012. It is then that I inherited their home, a condo almost 1,700 square feet! That is the only thing I like about being here, the beautiful home we have. There really is nothing to do around here. By 7 pm everything is closed. The weekends are incredibly lame. My daughters miss their friends and family in North Jersey terribly. They are ages 12 and 16. I am worried about my little one. She seems so depressed here and doesn’t even want to go anywhere. She says, there isn’t anywhere to go–and sadly she’s right! Charm City? Please. Maryland sucks, no offense! I can’t wait until I am well enough to move. I am presently a Cancer patient and spend hours and hours in doctors’ offices and the hospital. Oh, yeah, the hospitals are great- that’s one good thing about Maryland. That and the fact that the airport is so close by so I can get the hell out of here when I need a few days to relax!!

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    1. Bex Post author

      I recently took a vacation with my Fiance (out of MD) and everywhere we went people were so polite and friendly. Just a total shift from what I’m used to!!!

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  58. Amy

    I hate living in Maryland! I am not from this state and I’ve hated all 18 years that I have lived here. The people are all arrogant, rude assholes and wait until they get into their cars!!! They will run you over if you get in their way. Tailgating, and I don’t mean at a stadium, is a way of life here. I hate this f…..ing state!!!!

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  59. Ashli

    I know this blog entry is old, but I was really glad to find it! I’ve lived in Maryland almost 4 years now… I moved here to be with my husband, who got an “amazing” job here.. We’ve lived in Silver Spring, Bowie, and now Annapolis, and I still hate it here. I thought I would grow to like it, but NOPE! It’s mainly the people who bother me… and may I add, the WORST, RUDEST drivers I’ve ever encountered are here. I constantly get cut off, honked at, tailgated, and harassed on my drive to work!!! I’m originally from NY state. People there were much friendlier and more courteous. People in MD seem to have an attitude, and in public/stores/restaurants, people barely make eye contact or say “hello, can I help you?” I came here from Boston, which is not a super friendly city either, but it was very educated, cultured, and interesting. I miss it A LOT… The people I’ve met here seem to be simple-minded, cliquey, and uneducated. I’m often gawked at for having a graduate degree (apparently it’s unusual for a 30 something woman to have gone to grad school?) I just haven’t found my niche here. And it’s very expensive to live here, but I still haven’t figured out why… The worst traffic I’ve ever seen in my life is on the 495, DC Beltway, and the cost of living and taxes here are high. I don’t think I’ll be able to leave anytime soon, so I’ll be stuck here another few years in misery.

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    1. Bex Post author

      Yes. I never expected this blog post to gain traction the way it did! I never even update this site anymore but people still find this post!
      I am sorry that you’re feeling stuck here. I was too until recently. My fiance and I have made our exit strategy and hope to move to SC in the next year or so. I hope that you and your husband move on to a better place as soon as you can!

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  60. Tim

    I moved here recently for work, and I will tell you one thing- I have never been taxed, fined or fee’d in my life like I have been in Maryland. I’ve lived in Arizona, Oregon, Illinois and Virginia. Maryland sets the bar for taking your money. I don’t feel like the schools here are better, the infrastructure superb or the parks cleaner. It seems wrong to me that the voters don’t rise up. Coming from out of state, from the outside looking in, there are some real problems here with how much the government is allowed to take. It will cost you nearly $80 just to get a drivers permit. If that’s not the highest in the nation, I don’t know what is. The State takes tax, but so does the county. What the heck is that all about?

    I’m moving to Virginia just as soon as my lease is up. That’s where I’ll buy a home, and that’s where I’d rather my hard earned tax dollars go.

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    1. Bex Post author

      It’s hard to know what else is out there when you’ve only lived in 1 or 2 states your whole life! I’ve been a MD resident since I was a toddler so I don’t know much else! I can’t wait to have a new home and experience and see MD from the outside. Maybe a lot of other people who live here don’t have the experience of living in and taxed by other states for fair comparison. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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  61. Derp

    Yeah, have to agree with most comments here. All the things I like about this place are just drastically outweighed by the many negatives. It’s a shame because MD does have some natural beauty. I was born and raised here and so were my parents (which is unusual for people in the DC area). The Eastern Shore and Western Maryland (Appalachia, not the western shore) have similarly different vibes from central Maryland but are also depressing. Every time I get to go somewhere else is like a breath of fresh air. There’s definitely something off about this state. Just don’t feel at home here. Making plans to get outa here asap.

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  62. Old Marylander

    I know this was an old post, but found it by accident while searching for something else. This is an interesting topic, so I wanted to comment.

    One thing that was not mentioned by anyone is what I observed while living in Maryland for many years. It seems that some Marylanders (does not matter what age – young or old, race, religion, etc the person is) that I encountered seem to vote and think Liberal, however, their social behaviors are those of very old conservative mind set that are extremely old fashioned and almost to the point of being racist, bigoted, and prejudice. Thus to me, Maryland is a state of confused contradictions.

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    1. Bex Post author

      You make a solid point! I get this vibe from a lot of people here also.

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  63. bill

    Ive lived in MD my entire life.. pg and howard co…. THIS STATE DOES SUCK!!! I owned a business here which was run into the ground by the high tax base. i had my property stolen from me twice under the guise of emminant domain. this state is absolutely corrupt.. god forbid you want to build your own house.. you will be charged a fortune in fees yet a builder thats part of the old boy network gets everything for free. including YOUR LAND….the schools absolutely suck and swear they are the best in the country and if you have any criticism your child suffers because teachers union is a bunch of nazi’s. most people here work for or indirectly work in overpaid do nothing govt jobs and completely over react to every negative news story on CNN.. I cant believe i fought for my country to keep this suck ass state on the map. I cant wait to get out of here.
    WHERE’S THE RALLY POINT!! ANYWHERE BUT HERE!!! quote from saving pvt ryan…

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  64. Richard

    Another bad thing about Maryland is that it it the speed trap capitol of the United States. Absurdly low speed limits entering and leaving tiny towns…..for revenue and not safety. The State Police punish local Eastern Shore people coming and going to work, but never dare pull over the beach bound maniacs flying down Rt. 404. Stay off that killer highway.

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  65. elizabeth ray

    We have neighbors who moved into our neighborhood from Maryland. They’re aggressive, demanding and hostile. We are easy people, good neighbors. We keep our HOA rules and have never had difficulties with neighbors until now. Our neighborhood is the kind of place where we work together to clean the neighborhood pond. We walk one another’s dogs back home if they wander away, and leave people alone unless they need help.

    The Marylanders missed the memo. When the whole neighborhood is abuzz with lawn mowing on Saturday mornings by 9:00, they’ve demanded we not to do our lawn until after 10:00 on Saturday. And we are not to do it when they’re having dinner outside on their screened porch, (which we cannot see but have been told is around 6:00 usually,) and not to do it when they’re putting their baby to bed which seems to be any time after 7:00 p.m.

    They’ve accused us of knocking down their property flags, which is odd since we were in Florida when it happened. They are rude to my kids, who’ve been taught no matter what not to respond in like kind. They are weird, rude, arrogant and entitled.

    Did Maryland kick them out? They’ve only been our neighbors for a year! Where else can they go? North Carolina would be better off without them.

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  66. Morris

    #1,2,4 and 10 are dead on. I’ve lived in some of the most liberal states in the country for most of my life, but Maryland took the prize for big government, cronyism and bureaucratic ineptitude. Worse than California, by a long mile. Taxes were obscenely high, for everything; fees, permits and tolls were everywhere and totally constrictive as to quality of life and had the propensity to zap disposable income–if you live here you’re best off working for the government or being poor and catered to by leadership that bleeds the middle class dry while recruiting Democrats with public assistance opiates. The state really is the exemplification of decades of unfettered Democratic policies. Registering my car was a total, absolute nightmare and cost over $1000, for a 16 year-old, well-tuned but inexpensive Honda Civic.

    There was definitely a strong ghetto/trash element in the Baltimore metro area, but altogether I thought people weren’t bad at all. The state certainly does have its natural beauty going for it, and unfortunately I didn’t get to explore much because my company yanked me out and relocated me to PA. After they relocated me, though, I continued to pay Maryland state income tax–the taxes alone would keep me from ever living there again. I was earning 60k a year and seeing 40% of my income taken away before I even got my paychecks. Unbelievable.

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  67. Victor Avidor

    Rudest people I have ever encountered. So nasty. It is truly shocking. I have lived here 2 years. I hate it and can’t wait to leave. And, you guys forgot the shitty lottery here. 20 tickets, not one a winner! I hate this place like no other. What a disgusting oplace filled with truly disgusting people!

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  68. Bryce Alexander Hontz

    Maryland is great. We just have the people from Baltimore and other cities that need to be leveled.

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  69. Stephen Kepple

    Great blog. Our family moved from Austria to Maryland in 1968. (Hailing originally from Pennsylvania, we had lived in Austria for the previous 5 years.) Can you imagine a bigger comedown? My dad had a job offer in the Baltimore/DC area and another in Seattle, and he chose the Maryland offer—the pay was a little higher. What a horrible mistake that was, we all acknowledged as the years ground on. In summing up Maryland, my dad put it best: “A mean little state.” It is all the bad things discussed in this blog, and more. Basically, there are too many people and there is not enough room for them. It’s a lot like New Jersey in that sense, but lacks even the marginal distinctiveness of New Jersey. Also, there is too much government in Maryland and too little freedom. I finally did escape to a farm in central Virginia, where I’ve lived happily for many years with my wife and our menagerie of dogs, goats, chickens, and 25 acres of forest and fields. Virginia (south of the Washington area, anyway) is a class act compared with Maryland.

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  70. Grand Santiago

    My verdict on Maryland: It sucks. Badly! I’ll give you my experience and input.

    I was born here in Maryland in 1996, specifically in Baltimore County. My father is from New York, but my mother was born here in the 60s. I lived in Baltimore county for the first 13 years of my life. It started out pretty well, a serene and peaceful place to grow up, so it was definitely a good area to raise kids. But around the age of 10, they started moving in Section 8 residents to the neighborhood, which practically ended up destroying the community (not that I’m saying I have an issue with Section 8 residents). With that, my family decided to move to Howard County, which sits Southwest of Baltimore County.

    Howard County seemed to be the perfect fit. It has a plethora of parks and trials, restaurants, healthy options for food, cleaner communities, diverse shops, etc. And it was the perfect place to finish off my years in middle school and high school because the schools here are simply awesome. Great teachers who actually care about your well-being and success. However, after completing high school, I found myself wanting to escape ASAP. Why?

    I officially realized the people here are literally the most downright depressing, rudest beings I have ever encountered, and simply have nothing better to do with their lives. If you stand out in this area, you will be a target. People will disrespect you and belittle you to get attention. I personally been in so many situations were I almost had to defend myself and fight because people are filled with so much hatred. Some girls will be wearing the most erotic clothing and will get uncomfortable when someone looks at them for it. People keep to themselves here so much it starts feeling like you are living with robots. The people have the same routine everyday, nothing ever different! People here get so cocky and jealous if they feel like someone is stealing their spotlight. No one here has a mind on their own, so they do what everyone else is doing. And what’s even crazier is that these people will change their behaviors so abruptly, from happy to angry then to depressed then back to happy. The people here will appear to be friendly and helpful when it is at their convenience, but if it benefits you too much to the point you start surpassing them, they will go out their way to NOT help you. And their solution to all their anger and depression is the one and only……………………drugs.

    This is certainly more than enough to make me want to leave. Fortunately, my father has also reached his breaking point with this state as well, and with the people. So in four months, we are moving to Florida. 🙂 And I know it will be the best decision I could ever make. So long Maryland. You won’t be missed one bit! 🙂

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  71. Henry

    Originally from Elkton Maryland, live in nyc now- best decision i ever made. People gawk at you for being even minimally different. Most the people i grew up with are dead or in prison, the others see lost in abyss of ignorance. I don’t miss that place, never will.

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  72. Tom

    I was born and raised there and got out fast as soon as I finished school in 1982. Never looked back nor have been back – and I never will set foot in that horrible place again. The weather sucks most of the time, the taxes are bad and the rude, unfriendly “my poop doesn’t stink” people are the worst. Probably the highest concentration of A-holes per square mile, hands down. Don’t even get me started on the horrible accent – everybody sounds like a bunch of uneducated morons, saying things like “warsh” instead of wash. The left wing control of everything (rain tax anyone?), including wiping their rear ends with the 2nd Amendment is reprehensible. I think many of them don’t know any better because they’ve never lived anywhere decent. You are correct to trash such a terrible, pile of crap state. One of the worst in the country without question.

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  73. Fomer MCPS Student

    Honestly,….Mcps Sucks too..

    Mcps is extremely left winged, if an assignment tells students to write about their political views, and a student puts down anything that isn’t a topic on MSNBC, they will be graded wayy more harshly than the other students. Also no tolerance can be an issue, you can’t defend yourself in a fight… Or be expelled. BUT WAIT HERE’S THE SHOCKER.. So basically MCPS has school google classroom accounts that they give to kids for work, but they are monitered constantly.. What you search and all. !!! They tell you to use the school account at home, but guess what… It comes with a security privacy policy thing that has to be installed into your phone (at least for android) so it’s like how Russia was Communism -ish,type ideals.
    If I googled “S@W revoler” for example, while at home. I have no soupy that I’d get into trouble.

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  74. Fomer MCPS Student

    *&
    *doubt

    And idk, Russia’s the first,thing that entered my mind.

    But yeah. We as a whole. Is students feel oppressed.

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  75. Deirdre O'Sorrows

    Can’t speak for the rest of the State, but Immigration has made the quality of life plummet in Montgomery County. Rockville was once a lovely, safe place to grow up, now it’s closer to Mordor than the Shire it was. Same for Germantown, lovely farmland, wide open and bucolic before being paved over with crap townhouses.

    Immigration is a key factor in the decline. Nearly 40% in Montgomery Co. are foreign born. That affects a region in many ways, certainly cultural cohesion; the more diverse an area, the lower the trust level.

    Many here made good points, no need for redundancy. The ones who were very nasty make a point as well, mentioned by Stephen Kepple. The native locals– long before the demographics changed- included many mean phony and shallow folks. (People on 1 acre in in west Rockville who fancied themselves Potomac equestrians )

    I’d take a nice area of New Jersey (and trust me, they exist) over what this area has become.

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  76. truthman

    moved to a less taxed state, things you lose but probably wont miss.
    less street lights, no recycling program, roads take longer to fix, some sidewalks stay closed permanently, road signs don’t get replaced as fast even when broken/shot.
    road kill doesn’t get picked up (saw 2 dead dogs literally rot on a bridge for months going to and from work). electric rates are higher to cover county, etc costs, they tack on fees to the utility bills.
    shorter driver license renewal time.

    what you gain. freedom and seeing more beautiful country then you can see being surrounded by a rat maze of roads around the dc and Baltimore suburb farm that is Maryland.

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  77. Kevin Smith

    I am new to this thread. As someone who grew up in both New York & London I must say that Maryland is a state for basic people. A bunch of fat, zero fashion sense, living in a small bubble with no clue about real diversity people. It’s very frustrating growing up around movers & shakers in London/NY and then speaking to Marylanders who’s entire lives revolve around basic bull s***t like crabs and Old Bay. Really??? That’s how big your world is?

    Tell a Marylander the world is bigger than crabs, Old Bay or The Ravens and see how quickly you’ve destroyed their existence and how much they hate you, loool. I battle it constantly in the office. Terrible drivers, no common sense, terrible dressers and they all have the same homely, small town personality – very bland and cliquish….hey, let’s talk about crabs…that’ll get the party started! Lames…..

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  78. Liesl Kopp

    I love Maryland. I lived there for 23 years. Now I live in the middle of no where Alaska. Maryland is so much fun, especially if you like to do activities on the water. It’s so historic and the people are friendly, only if you are friendly towards them too. I’ve traveled around the world and have seen many different states. I think there is good in every stats. You just have to be positive about it and find things to do there. 🙂 even though I miss Maryland, i am enjoying my time in Alaska.

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  79. Mike

    The gun laws suck dick here. Bunch of clowns running this state that are willing to allow criminals to be the only people with firearms. Good luck taking mine pussies. Soneone comes in my house they are leaving in a white bag with a hole in their face.

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  80. Nan Brown

    I hate this state. I moved here from New York in 1999 and have been stuck here ever since. I’ve noticed that everyone is racist here. As a black person, I’ve experienced more racism here from all types of people (white, Asian, middle eastern and other blacks)than anywhere else. People seem shocked when they see that I speak proper English and when they learn that I didn’t grow up in the ghetto. It’s disgusting. I live in Baltimore County.
    There are also limited places that black people can go and not feel uncomfortable. Ocean City-you get the side eye, Deep creek lake-side eye and possibly followed for walking around black.
    The drivers here have to be the worst in the country! No one signals, everyone tailgates or drives slow in the fast lane, and when you change lanes to get away from their stupid ass, that’s when they speed up!
    And it seems like the only exciting thing is eating crabs. Who the hell wants to eat a spider from the ocean? Fucking gross! And you have to do all that work just to get some meat out of it? Wtf? No.
    Baltimore City is so racially and economically divided it’s sickening! And the former mayor was stealing gift cards? Who does that?

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  81. D A H

    The worst part of Maryland are all the excessive rules and pointless beaurocracy.
    Maryland has a special name for their DMV just so they can employ a n extra bunch of worthless lazy idiots.

    I have lived in California, Florida, and Utah and never dealt with the insane rules they have in Maryland to register your car, and get it inspected. And to get emissions done you have to wait for them to send you a document and then if you don’t get the emissions done in a certain amount of time you get fined. So what happens to people who have to travel for a few months during that window between receiving the notice and the due date? We all have to change our schedules to suit Maryland’s? Holy hell I hate this god-damned state. Maryland can go to hell!

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  82. Mark

    Maryland has the “Mom” complex that continually institutes feel good laws that doesn’t stop or decrease crime. Their solution to crime is making Maryland a policed state. Worse, the liberal Democrats would rather pray for victims than seek ways to provide lawful citizens with means for self-preservation of life outside of home. They create ridiculous gun laws that ONLY leave lawful citizens unarmed. The CCW permit is controlled by ridiculous requirements simply designed to keep lawful citizens from ever obtaining a CCW permit. Basically, the Maryland CCW permit is for the privilege.
    The “Dubomcrats” have made Maryland a welcome haven for the illegal immigrants which ensures their Democrat voting numbers remain high to maintain control of State. Worse, Marylanders can vote without showing ID, and only need to answer (4) questions to vote. 1. What’s your name? 2. What’s your address? 3. What’s your birth month and day? 4. What is your county of residence?
    Majority of schools systems have budget problems, which ripples through the entire state’s infrastructure, because the population numbers are skewed with the many undocumented illegal immigrants.

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  83. That Other Guy

    Not all, but most of these Marylanders are nothing but a bunch of parasites. First chance I get in outta this hellhole for sure!!

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  84. Shanna

    My husband and I are looking into moving to either Maryland or Pennsylvania. We are currently residing in Delaware. We are not happy with northern Delaware at all. We are getting overpopulated. Traffic is horrible! The school system here is poor. People are rude. The area is becoming very trashy. We are wanting to relocate to a rural area and own at least five acres of land. The one thing holding us back were Maryland’s gun laws. My husband has a CCW in DE and PA. From what I understand is that it is very hard to get a CCW in Maryland. We have been looking at properties in PA and Cecil County, MD. Fair Hill, Rising Sun and those surrounding areas. We can get a better house in Maryland on some land than in PA. For what we want; in PA, we have to buy a house that needs some work in order to get land in our price range. The property taxes are double Maryland’s taxes. That’s not including the “piggyback taxes” I just found out about. I know that terrible Democratic Governer is no longer in office. Has Maryland improved any under new leadership by the Republican Govener? I’m not sure; tax wise, if Maryland is any different than Pennsylvania. After reading this post…I’m not sure I want to move to Maryland. We would love to move to the south but my husband can’t find any work. We also have four boys. So a good job is very important. I’m so sick of the northeast. I hate it here. My parents live in Florida. Florida is nice but it’s very populated too. A lot of rude tourists. You also have to be careful driving. People drive like idiots and they have no idea what a turn signal is. But I love our drive through the Carolina’s and Georgia. I love Alabama too! We have family and friends there. Another state I love is…Tennessee! I hate having to drive back north! Lol

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    1. Bex Post author

      this post is pretty dated, Shanna. I’m still in MD but I’m still planning to move (To South Carolina hopefully).
      What if you just moved to Southern Delaware so your husband could continue to carry? I have a CCW but not in MD because it’s nearly impossibly to obtain. My CCW is via Arizona so I cannot carry in MD (no reciprocity with any state) but AZ does have reciprocity with many other states.

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    2. M

      It’s not difficult to get a CCW in MD — it is impossible.

      None of the above complaints are exaggerated. Go to PA. 65 years of one party rule, has resulted in the complete corruption and destruction of anything that might one have been good about MD. It’s pretty. That’s just about all that can be said for it, and it in no way makes up for any of the rest of the horror that is Marylandistan. I’m a liberal, formerly a Democrat before moving here, and since I’ve arrived, I’ve been nothing but appalled by the corruption and complete lack of any accountability here.

      As soon as my wife quits her job we’re leaving this hell hole.

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  85. Thenextman

    Northern hospitalIty, southern efficiency. This place is too uptight for me

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