The quality of life here is pretty good. I could cite median household income — in some surveys, the highest in the nation — but that's not the only measure. There are things, tangible and intangible, that make Maryland a good place to raise a family, to get an education, to get a career started, to get decent health care, to enjoy nature, the arts or big-time sports. You can be part of an eco-culture tied to the world's largest estuary, engaged in urban revival or rural farming, or content in a safe suburb with decent public schools and good golf courses. Progressive policies have created opportunities for thousands of people here.