Washington DC: Does anyone like it there?

I have a job offer for Washington but I've been getting night and day responses from people who live there. What do you like or hate about the DC Metro area and would it be a good move as a single parent of a middle schooler? The schools there seem terrible from what I've been reading. So far, I've... show more I have a job offer for Washington but I've been getting night and day responses from people who live there. What do you like or hate about the DC Metro area and would it be a good move as a single parent of a middle schooler? The schools there seem terrible from what I've been reading.

So far, I've found an ok place near Severn, Maryland. Does anyone know this area and is it too far to commute into Washington DC which is where my job will be?

Thanks.
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