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 602,495 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 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, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Baltimore who work in office and administrative support (11.77%), management occupations (9.06%), and sales jobs (8.22%).
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.
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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.20 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
One of the benefits of being a big city like Baltimore is having a public transportation system, but in Baltimore the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the bus for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the bus Baltimore benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.
The overall education level of Baltimore citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 31.23% of adults in Baltimore have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.
The per capita income in Baltimore in 2010 was $29,700, 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 $118,800 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.