I grew up in Rockville and Potomac. It is a souless town. There is a feeling of vacuous void. No character. No friendliness. Nothing of any real interest to do except for going to Great Falls. There is just something about the Rockville area that is very resistant to happiness. If it weren't that I were forced to, I could not honestly recommend this place for any of the categories listed as a-hole was not one of the categories. There is almost nothing to do. There is no community. The nightlife consists of young alcoholics who are escaping the souless void through drugs. Dining is expensive and poor quality. Shopping is expensive and limited, but for some healthy choices and Trader Joes is awesome, but WAY TO CROWDED. The area is over run with a-holes. The few who are not a-holes are not happy to be among the a-holes and may themselves therefore become a-holes over time. Hopefully, if you work there you don't live there. I do not recommend this town to anyone who wants to raise a happy well adjusted family. Find a place with some real character, where people say hello to one another and not like it is a stressful scary thing to do. No one even wants to make eye-contact in Rockville. Even at the check out people have some sort of awkward virus that won't allow them to comfortably make eye contact and you will catch this virus if you live there, especially if you grow up there. Save your children. Find a better place.