- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Fairfax County has more jobs and less crime than Montgomery County, but there is more green space on the Maryland side of the American Legion Bridge.

Montgomery County officials compiled a side-by-side comparison of the two Washington-area counties, which have about 1 million residents each.

The report says Fairfax workers earn, on average, $7,000 more a year than workers in Montgomery. Most taxes in the Virginia county are lower.

But Montgomery has more than twice as much open space and parkland, better public transportation and fewer homeless people.

The study found that people drive about 3 billion more miles per year in Fairfax.

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

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