March 24, 2010

MoCo Lags Behind Surrounding Counties in Census Participation

Posted in news, online tools tagged , , , , , , , , , at 4:07 pm by silversprung

Just 25 percent of Montgomery County residents have participated in the U.S. Census, placing MoCo’s participation rate behind that of many neighboring counties in Maryland, according to the census website’s Take 10 Map.

Rates for surrounding counties include: Frederick (29 percent); Anne Arundel (27 percent); Carroll (32 percent); Calvert (30 percent). But Montgomery County reported higher participation than Prince George’s (21 percent) and Howard (24 percent).

Montgomery County’s participation rate is right on target with the state average for Maryland, which is also 25 percent, and MoCo easily bests the 16 percent national average.

Curious about the national leaders? Read the rest of this entry »

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February 26, 2010

Making a Personal Budget- Google Docs

Posted in online tools, recommendations tagged , , , , at 12:13 pm by silversprung

Now that we have a home, our budget will change from “saving for a house” to “saving for our house.” Okay, that doesn’t seem that different when I type it, out, but all of a sudden, we are going to have brand new expenses we’ve never had before. I like to be organized (and frankly, just like organizing data) so I’ve been trolling the Internet for a simple personal budget tool.

The winner for me was a Google Doc template. If you establish a gmail email account, you have access to a wide array of Google Docs that are stored online and can be shared between different users (for example, silversprung spouse can make changes and save, I can do the same.)

Check out the template after the jump: Read the rest of this entry »

February 24, 2010

What’s Your MoCo School District?

Posted in online tools, recommendations tagged , , , , at 10:55 am by silversprung

Part of the appeal for some Montgomery County home buyers is the school system. I found this handy tool to figure out in which school district our new home is located: http://gis.mcpsmd.org/gis/PublicLocator.asp

Which schools rank at the top of your list? What about at the bottom?