Baltimore, MD
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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 621,849 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.

Baltimore is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (14.21%), sales jobs (8.85%), and management occupations (8.21%).

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 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.

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 30.69 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, 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.

In terms of college education, Baltimore is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 28.69% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Baltimore in 2010 was $25,707, 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 $102,828 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 French.