Baltimore County, Maryland is the region that surrounds the Baltimore City limits in the center of the state. The homes in Baltimore County reflect its wide-ranging history, with pockets of neighborhoods containing older pre Civil War homes and many suburban cottages from the post World War II boom. Newer construction has focused on traditional single family homes in cul-de-sacs and planned communities.
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Baltimore County's wide geographic area gives it a large range of different types of towns. In the northern part of the county, is the county seat of Towson. Towson contains two large universities, Towson University and Goucher College, and the upscale shopping of Towson Town Center. Further north and closer to the Pennsylvania line are several rural and affluent neighborhoods like Hunt Valley, Sparks and Monkton, which have a mix of rustic horse properties, notable communities and large country estates. The eastern part of the county has blue collar communities of Dundalk and Essex, which are known for smaller, older homes, and tight-knit neighborhoods. The western part of the county contains locales like Owings Mills, which houses the Baltimore Ravens' training center, and Catonsville, an historic community of large Victorian style homes that used to be a 19th century resort town. In the southern part of the county is Arbutus, characterized by older established neighborhoods from the 1950s and 1960s. East Drive, which is the town's main street, continues to be its commercial center.
Employment in Baltimore County is not difficult to find with its large array of industries plus its proximity to Washington D.C. and Baltimore City. Employing the most people in this area is the Social Security Administration, which is headquartered here. Second to this government agency, Baltimore County Public Schools employs a large number of people as well. Other county residents are typically employed in the healthcare field or in higher education. Since Baltimore County is minutes away from the city, commuters can easily choose to work downtown as well.