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 602,495 people and 219 constituent neighborhoods, Baltimore is the largest community in Maryland. Baltimore has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

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, 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 one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Baltimore is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.

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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various 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 31.20 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.

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.