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Takoma Park
Takoma Park
Maryland
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Takoma Park is a city in Montgomery County, Maryland. It is a suburb of Washington, D.C., and part of the Washington metropolitan area. Founded in 1883 and incorporated in 1890, Takoma Park, informally called "Azalea City", is a Tree City USA and a nuclear-free zone. A planned commuter suburb, it is situated along the Metropolitan Branch of the historic Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, just northeast of Washington, D.C., and it borders the neighborhood of Takoma, Washington, D.C. It is governed by an elected mayor and six elected councilmembers, who form the city council, and an appointed city manager, under a council-manager style of government. The city's population was 16,715 at the 2010 national census. Since 2013, residents of Takoma Park can vote in municipal elections when they turn sixteen. It was the first city in the United States to extend voting rights to 16- and 17-year-olds in city elections. Since then, the City of Hyattsville has done the same.

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On many occasions, I have witnessed residents of Takoma Park doing so many random acts of kindness such as helping elderly individuals with carting the groceries to their cars and assisting them with crossing the streets. The sidewalks are very accommodating for the aging population.
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This area possesses nice walkability. There is access to bus and metro transport. There are also parks in and around my area.
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parking spaces for disabled buildings with handicap reservations
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My community is age friendly because I have witnessed on many occasions where by individuals doing random acts of kindness to the elderly people such as: helping with carrying groceries to their vehicles, assisting with crossing the streets, and many buildings have ramps to ease the stress of step climbing for the elders.
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Takoma Park has community events that tailor to all ages. There's the farmer's market and outdoor concerts in the summer. Takoma Park Festival Day and fall and Christmas events happen and all ages are invited.

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D+

How did Maryland earn the grade of D+? We examined the state taxes based on how age friendly they are. Maryland has a state sales tax of 6.00%. Of particular interest is that Maryland does not have taxes on social security. There are estate taxes. There are taxes imposed on inheritance. Maryland has an effective property tax rate of 1.10%. Weighing these taxes and other taxes most likely to impact the aging population is how Maryland earned its state tax grade of D+.

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