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.
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 (11.26%), 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.
One thing noticeable about Baltimore, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Baltimore is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Baltimore a great place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun. In fact, Baltimore is one of the top larger cities in America for educated single professionals to flock.
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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.52 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.
In terms of college education, Baltimore is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 31.91% of adults in Baltimore have a college degree.
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.