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Living in Laurel, Maryland - 5/5/2006
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Norman
Laurel, MD

Great old city with a historic district, located almost halfway between Baltimore and Washington, DC. Great access to major roads even though we are now the third worst traffic area in the US.

Prices of housing continue to climb due to the entire area being a bedroom community of DC or Baltimore.

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David
Elkridge, MD

Terribly congested - 8/2/2010

Laurel as a whole is not a bad place to live. Housing is considerably cheaper than in many parts of the DC/Baltimore area. There are some nice shops and restaurants and it has a feel of an older community that isn't so generic and "sterile" in nature. The only problem with it though is it has some of the very worst traffic congestion anywhere in Maryland. The roads were never built to carry the amount of traffic they do and navigating around there is hellish. The recent proliferation of red light cameras doesn't make it any easier either. There are also some cheap, sort of sleazy looking areas along Route 1 that should be avoided. By and large though, if you can get a place in a decent, quiet residential area, it's not a bad place to live.

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David
Elkridge, MD

Terribly congested - 8/2/2010

Laurel as a whole is not a bad place to live. Housing is considerably cheaper than in many parts of the DC/Baltimore area. There are some nice shops and restaurants and it has a feel of an older community that isn't so generic and "sterile" in nature. The only problem with it though is it has some of the very worst traffic congestion anywhere in Maryland. The roads were never built to carry the amount of traffic they do and navigating around there is hellish. The recent proliferation of red light cameras doesn't make it any easier either. There are also some cheap, sort of sleazy looking areas along Route 1 that should be avoided. By and large though, if you can get a place in a decent, quiet residential area, it's not a bad place to live.

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Benjamin
Laurel, MD

Too expensive to retire in Laurel - 6/14/2009

The housing prices and taxes are very high. The area is congested with people and traffic. However, it has many benefits in terms of things to do and see.

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Jim
Laurel, MD

A good place to live - 3/2/2008

Equidistant from DC and Baltimore, housing is plentiful and reasonable. Traffic to DC is another story.

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Pam
Laurel, MD

Laurel MD Cost of Living - 2/1/2007

Laurel is a small community centrally located 15 miles from Washington DC, 15 from BWI, and 20 from Annapolis and has a relatively low housing cost compared to most areas this close to DC. The cost of electricity is rising, but most other costs are comparable to lower cost of living areas, such as Pensacola FL.

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Norman
Laurel, MD

Living in Laurel, Maryland - 5/5/2006

Great old city with a historic district, located almost halfway between Baltimore and Washington, DC. Great access to major roads even though we are now the third worst traffic area in the US. Prices of housing continue to climb due to the entire area being a bedroom community of DC or Baltimore.

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LaTauya
Laurel, MD

Moderate for Metro Area - 4/17/2006

Laurel, MD is Moderate for the DC metro area is 20 minutes from Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD.

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