City Spotlight: Baltimore, Maryland

by Cassandra McCullersJune 2, 2017

If you are thinking of visiting or moving to a growing metropolis on the east coast, rich with history and economic opportunity, Baltimore may be the place for you. As the biggest city in Maryland and largest independent city in America, it’s often been called the “city of neighborhoods” thanks to its hundreds of districts each with their own distinct charm and culture. Baltimore is home to the most public monuments per capita of any city in the U.S., making it a wonderful place for history buffs. Baltimore’s famous past residents include Edgar Allen Poe, Edith Hamilton, Frederick Douglass, James “Eubie” Blake, Billie Holiday, and Babe Ruth. Another fun fact? Our nation’s anthem was inspired by the Battle of Baltimore, witnessed by Francis Scott Key as one of the key moments in the War of 1812.

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Key Facts

  • State: Maryland
  • County: None (independent city)
  • Founded: 1729
  • Elevation: 0 to 480 ft
  • Area (total): 92.1 sq mi
    • Area (land): 80.9 sq mi
    • Area (water): 11.1 sq mi
  • Population (2010 census): 620,961
    • Population (2015 estimate): 621,849
    • Density: 7671.5/sq mi
  • Zip codes: 21201–21231, 21233–21237, 21239–21241, 21244, 21250–21252, 21263–21265, 21268, 21270, 21273–21275, 21278–21290, 21297–21298
  • Area codes: 410, 443, 667

Attractions and Things to Do

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The Inner Harbor contains a large number of Baltimore’s many attractions, including the National Aquarium (Maryland’s top destination for tourists), the American Visionary Art Museum, the Maryland Science Center, Port Discovery Children’s Museum, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and the Baltimore Museum of Industry. You can walk along the Waterfront Promenade, or explore by water taxi for a leisurely visit.

The enormous National Aquarium’s 14 exhibits and experiences contain over 20,000 animals in stunning habitats, ranging from the ocean depths to the Amazon rainforest, from the Waterfront Park (exploring Maryland’s ecosystems) to amazing, immersive 4-D films.

The American Visionary Art Museum celebrates works produced by self-taught artists and is the first museum of its kind in America. Once a year, the museum hosts the Kinetic Sculpture Race, a grand adventure where competitors race human-powered works of art, ranging from dragons to elephants to a giant pink poodle!

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture’s three permanent galleries and several traveling or special exhibits celebrate and tell the story of Maryland’s rich African American culture and history.

Fort McHenry, the birthplace of the American national anthem, has a number of exhibits on military and local history, as well as special events throughout the day and year.

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum is a national historic landmark with the oldest and most complete railroad collection in America. The museum offers seasonal train rides along a historic track and many other events, including some geared towards children.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards, home to the American League baseball team the Orioles, revolutionized baseball stadium design with a retro style that puts fans close to the action. Games at the stadium are fun for everyone in the family.

Avast ye scallywags! Fell Point’s Privateer Festival celebrates Baltimore’s history of pirates and privateers, with living history actors, live music, children’s activities, a market, crafts, food, ship tours, and grog tents for the adults.

Artscape, the largest free arts festival in the United States, lasts for three days in July, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. This innovative festival features fine artists, fashion designers, craftspeople, exhibits on visual art, sculptures, art cars, live music, and so much more.

Major Industries

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Baltimore has a strong service economy, accounting for 31% of all jobs in the city, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Downtown Baltimore is another major economic sector in the region, with 29.1 million square feet of office space for the many companies with headquarters in the city. Just under a quarter of the jobs in the wider Baltimore area are in a STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math), thanks in part to the city’s many undergraduate and graduate schools.

The technology sector is one of Baltimore’s fastest growing, landing the city fourth on Forbes‘ list of America’s New Tech Hot Spots. The CBRE ranked Baltimore 8th among 50 metropolitan areas for the number of technology professionals and the sector’s growth rate.

Baltimore’s port has long been a cornerstone of its economy and has been continuing to grow in scope. The World Trade Center Baltimore serves as the focus of international trade in the area. Out of all United States ports, Baltimore ranks 9th in total dollar value of cargo and 13th in total cargo tonnage.

Baltimore’s rich history and numerous tourist destinations have contributed to a thriving tourism industry.

Considering a move to this vibrant city? Check out the homes for sale in Baltimore to find your new home!

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About The Author
Cassandra McCullers
Cassandra is a writer with a background in engineering, enjoying the rural life in the Virginian Appalachians. When not working, she enjoys writing fiction, running a blog, camping, working in the garden, and tending to her flock of chickens! In addition to writing, she has a passion for art and graphic design. Her interests include disaster preparedness, homesteading, landscaping, cooking with natural ingredients, history, and animal husbandry.

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