Nate Fulmer
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I'm moving to the DC area- live in DC or Arlington?

So, I know a lot of people live in Arlington rather than in DC because it's cheaper or they just prefer it. However, I'm moving to DC and really want to be in the middle of things. Is living in Arlington different than DC?

A couple of people have told me to stick to Dupont Circle, Georgetown, Adams Morgan, or Woodley Park, rather than going out to Northern Virginia.

So, I guess my question is- which is better for a mid twenty year old guy, DC or Arlington, VA?
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Colleen Corgan
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I think that depends on where you live... I've only lived in DC and really dislike going out in Arlington. I do have a lot of friends who live in Rosslyn, Courthouse, and Clarendon who love it and love going out there.

I think that living in Washington, DC affords you more diversity and entertainment, but that's obviously very skewed as I have not crossed the river to live yet.

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Anne O'Neill
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Yes! Living in Arlington is not living in Washington, DC!!! Arlington is great if that is what you are looking for, but there is a completely different feel to Arlington than any of those neighborhoods you mention.

I personally don't like it, but I (as most people who live in DC) have a lot of friends who live there. I feel like they either stay in Arlington ALL.THE.TIME. and go to the same 3 bars, one of which is in a mall or they are just constantly taking cabs to and from Arlington. That being said, they obviously like it and choose to live there, so depends on what you are looking for I guess

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Justin Rodante
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Ray's the Steaks and Ray's Hell burger (both in north Arlington), nuff said.

Honestly if your looking to 'be in the middle of things' then D.C. is probably your better bet. I live north enough in VA (walking distance to D.C.) that I get the best of both worlds. Go a little north and your full on urban D.C. action, go south/west and your getting into a quieter more rural living type feel.

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