MoCo vs. Fairfax: Which Is Best?

New study compares Fairfax and Montgomery counties

By Jack Heinbaugh
|  Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010  |  Updated 2:46 PM EDT
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MoCo vs. Fairfax:  Which Is Best?

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If you live in Fairfax County, you know it's better than Montgomery County.

On the other hand, if you live in Montgomery County, you know it's better than Fairfax.

But which is really better?  The answer depends on what you want.

A lawmaker commissioned a study to compare the two counties in several areas.

The results:  Fairfax County has more jobs and less crime; Montgomery County has more green space and higher taxes.

The study also discovered that Montgomery County has fewer homeless people and better public transportation, and that folks in Fairfax County drive 3 billion more miles every year.

Each county has about a million residents.

Montgomery County Councilman George Leventhal said he asked for the study to see how his county could improve.

So, one question remains: Is it time for Snoburbia to make some new T-shirts yet?

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