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 611,648 people and 219 constituent neighborhoods, Baltimore is the largest community in Maryland. Much of the housing stock in Baltimore was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Baltimore is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (13.62%), management occupations (8.94%), and sales jobs (8.23%).
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.
Baltimore is a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of Baltimore. This makes Baltimore a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Baltimore presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.
Baltimore is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
In Baltimore, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.99 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the city is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
Baltimore, like many big cities in America, has a public transportation system, but the citizens of Baltimore are lucky because theirs is one of the most extensive and widely used. Many commuters choose to leave their cars at home and instead use the bus to get to and from work. In fact, for some people it is feasible to forgo car ownership entirely, avoiding the cost and headache of driving in heavy traffic. The benefits include reduced air pollution and load on the road network.
The education level of Baltimore citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.42% of adults in Baltimore have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Baltimore in 2010 was $28,488, 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 $113,952 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 German, Irish, African, English, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Baltimore is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.