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Nicknamed Charm City, Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland. With 92 square miles, it’s roughly half the size of Washington, D.C. and is the largest seaport on the Mid-Atlantic.
Baltimore lies 38 miles from Washington, D.C., the capital of the U.S.; 39 miles from Rockville; and 50 miles from Alexandria, Va.
As a northern city, Baltimore experiences warm summers and cold, snowy winters. January average temperatures are 35°F, while July experiences a balmy 80°F, on average. Around 20 inches of snow falls here each winter, perfect for fans of cold weather.
Despite being such a large city, Baltimore is quite affordable and is just a short drive from other major cities. The bike-friendly vibes and the numerous colleges located in Baltimore also make it an important cultural hub.
The city’s population is quite diverse, boasting a predominantly African American population, complemented by a very large German American population — thanks to the city’s history as a significant immigration port. The Baltimore-Towson metropolitan area also has the 18th-largest LGBT community in the country.
The publication Travel + Leisure ranked the city as 18th-best for singles, with an average cost of living that is 24% lower than the rest of the country.
A three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant in Baltimore is priced around $65, on average, while a regular cappuccino costs $3.86, on average.
Basic utilities for a 915-square-foot apartment in Baltimore cost $152.26, on average, which is just below the national average of $159.75.
The city was ranked 6th among the worst U.S. cities for driving. Even so, public transportation options are plentiful.
Local public transportation is offered by the Maryland Transit Administration, which operates a bus, commuter rail, light rail train and 15-mile subway system. One-way tickets cost $1.90, while monthly passes are priced at $73, with discounts available for seniors and children.
The average rent for an apartment in Baltimore City is $1,508 per month.
The average apartment size in Baltimore City is 824 sq. ft.
Rent for a studio apartment in Baltimore City ranges between $765 and $3,335 per month.
Rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in Baltimore City ranges between $519 and $6,992 per month.
Rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in Baltimore City ranges between $825 and $8,628 per month.
Rent for a 3-bedroom apartment in Baltimore City ranges between $700 and $7,005 per month.
The service industry is the most prominent employer in the city. However, due to its proximity to Washington, D.C., jobs in defense and government are also plentiful. Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins University are other major employers, while Under Armour, T. Rowe Price, McCormick&Company and American Sugar Refining are other large companies that are based in Baltimore.
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The city features a highly ranked school system. The Western School of Technology and Environmental Science was named the 11th-best school in Maryland and the 347th-best in the country by US News & World Report. The Baltimore School for the Arts was ranked 44th in Maryland, while Western High was ranked 47th. Other local schools that have received national recognition include Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and the Baltimore City College High School.
Numerous top educational institutions can be found in the city, including: Johns Hopkins University; Loyola University Maryland; Baltimore International College; the Maryland Institute of Art; Notre Dame of Maryland University; the University of Baltimore; and the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
The city is known for its experimental and local cuisine — including farm-to-table restaurant Woodberry Kitchen — and was even ranked 2nd on Zagat’s list of the “Top 17 Food Cities.”
Baltimore is home to numerous attractions, including the Inner Harbor, the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center and the Port Discovery Children’s Museum. In addition to these family attractions, the Horseshoe Casino also offers great fun for adults. Those looking to explore the city’s role in the Civil War should definitely check out Fort McHenry National Monument and the Baltimore Civil War Museum.
The Pimlico Race Course is one of the tracks in the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, a favored destination among race fans. Sports-lovers can rejoice at the Ravens’ NFL games held at M&T Bank Stadium, while Orioles fans can enjoy Major League Baseball games at Camden Yards.
The options for outdoor recreation in Baltimore include Carroll Park, which features playgrounds, ball fields, a skate park and a golf course. Patterson Park also lies nearby, boasting a swimming pool, a boating lake and an ice rink in the winter.
Thanks to the city’s abundance of art museums and educational institutions, Thrillist named Baltimore one of the best American cities for creatives. The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum is a haven for lovers of classic literature, while the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Waters Art Museum also feature international art collections. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera Baltimore also provide ample entertainment. The city also is also home to the oldest and most respected music conservatories in the country, the Peabody Institute. Local theatre companies include Centerstage and the Hippodrome Theatre in the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, which offers Broadway and other plays.
According to the city’s rental regulations, you must be given at least 60 days’ notice by the landlord if they wish for you to leave. If you don’t leave the residence after this time, your landlord can charge double rent or even evict you. In buildings with more than three families, the landlord needs to provide smoke detectors in the unit. However, if you live in a smaller home — like a free-standing house, duplex or triplex — you will need to install the smoke detectors yourself.