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 593,490 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.
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, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Baltimore who work in office and administrative support (11.26%), management occupations (9.47%), and sales jobs (8.26%).
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. 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 31.52 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 overall education level of Baltimore citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 31.91% 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 2018 was $31,271, 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 $125,084 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 French.