Baltimore, MD
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Living in Baltimore


Baltimore is a very large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 614,664 people and 219 constituent neighborhoods, Baltimore is the largest community in Maryland. Baltimore has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities, Baltimore isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Baltimore are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Baltimore is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Baltimore who work in office and administrative support (13.85%), sales jobs (8.64%), and management occupations (8.53%).

Also of interest is that Baltimore has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One of the nice things about Baltimore is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

One downside of living in Baltimore is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Baltimore, the average commute to work is 30.76 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of Baltimore’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

Baltimore is a big city, and with that comes lots of benefits. One benefit is that most big cities have public transit, but Baltimore really shines when it comes to the extensiveness and use of its public transit system. More than most large American cities, Baltimore citizens use public transit daily to get to and from work. And while there are transportation options, most people in Baltimore ride the bus. Whereas in some cities one is destined to sit in traffic every morning to get to work and every evening to get home, in Baltimore a lot leave their cars at home (if they even choose to own one), and hop a ride on the bus.

The education level of Baltimore citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 29.72% of adults in Baltimore have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Baltimore in 2010 was $27,129, which is lower middle income relative to Maryland, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $108,516 for a family of four. However, Baltimore contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Baltimore is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Baltimore home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Baltimore residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Baltimore include Irish, African, English, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Baltimore is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.