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Overview

Introduction to Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore, situated in northern Maryland on the Patapsco River estuary above Chesapeake Bay, is the largest city in the state. Settled in the early 1600s and founded as a town in 1729, it was named after Lord Baltimore, the founder of Maryland. Baltimore's excellent harbor has made it one of the country's most important ports since colonial times. During the War of 1812, the flag at nearby Fort McHenry served as inspiration for Francis Scott Key's Star-Spangled Banner. More recently, Baltimore was an important shipbuilding and supply center during World Wars I and II. Although the city suffered a loss of prosperity and population in the 1960s and 1970s, urban redevelopment projects of the 1980s and 1990s (Harborplace shops and restaurants, the National Aquarium, a convention center, Oriole Park at Camden Yards) have revitalized the city. Today, Baltimore is a commercial and industrial hub. Its leading exports include coal, grain, iron, steel, an d copper. Shipbuilding remains a top industry, as are sugar and food processing, oil refining, biotechnology and chemicals. Baltimore is a center for scientific research, with facilities at Johns Hopkins Hospital and University of Maryland Hospital. Tourism is a rising industry. Directors John Waters and Barry Levinson have given a new glamour to the city in their films.

Baltimore Culture

Edgar Allan Poe's grave is located in the city, where the tortured poet spent his last 18 years. Northwest of downtown is Mount Vernon, home of Baltimore's Washington Monument and the Walters Art Gallery. Nearby Annapolis, seat of the US Naval Academy, has an old-town feel, with many historic homes and buildings. Other historic sites and museums include the Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore Civil War Museum, Baltimore Public Works Museum, USS Constellation, Baltimore Maritime Museum, Baltimore Museum of Industry, Port Discovery, Contemporary Museum and Mount Clare. The Babe Ruth Museum reminds thousands of visitors annually that baseball's greatest player was born in Baltimore.

Baltimore Sports and Leisure

Baseball's Baltimore Orioles play at 48,000-seat Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Located just west of downtown, Camden Yards is one of baseball's most popular ballparks the first of the retro parks that are in vogue throughout the sport. Located south and sharing the same parking lot is the 69,000-seat M&T Bank Stadium, home of the NFL's Baltimore Ravens. Within the city is the 12,000-seat First Mariner Arena, where the Blast play NPSL soccer.

Just 44 miles away in Washington, state-of-the-art MCI Arena hosts the NBA's Washington Wizards and the NHL's Washington Capitals. The Preakness Stakes, part of horseracing's triple crown, is held at Pimlico Race Course, in northwest Baltimore's Park Heights neighborhood.

Baltimore Outdoors

For recreation, the water is just a stone's throw away. Druid Hill Park within the city has not only the Baltimore Zoo, but also 17 tennis courts, 4 softball diamonds, 2 sand volleyball courts, a basketball court, a baseball diamond, a swimming pool and a frisbee field. Annapolis, known as the "Sailing Capital" of the country, has literally thousands of cruising and racing sailboats. Within 3 hours of the city is the Wisp Ski Area in Maryland; dozens more ski slopes are within a similar drive to the mountains in Pennsylvania.

Baltimore at Night

Baltimore has an energetic nightlife, the "SoWeBo" area, much like New York City's SoHo, is a funky, bohemian district popular with artists and free thinkers. Fells Point, one of the city's oldest and ethnically-varied neighborhoods, is now a revitalized hotspot loaded with shops, restaurants, bars and clubs. And, of course, Baltimore has some of the best seafood (especially crabs and crab cakes) in the country. Nearby Annapolis and Washington offer even more options.

People

Total Population 622,454
Male Share of the Population 47.1%
Female Share of the Population 52.9%
Senior Citizens 12.1%
Employed Population 16+ 265,585
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 26.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28.7%
Median Earnings25+ $36,524
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,877
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,945

Wealth

Median Family Income $51,032
% Above Poverty Level 76.3%
% Below Poverty Level 23.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.5%
% Using Public Transportation 18.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 39.2%
Median Gross Rent $951
Median House Value $152,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 59.5%
US/American 0%
English 3.3%
Irish 6.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Baltimore Almanac

Category Value
County
Standard Zip Codes 21075, 21201, 21202, 21204, 21205, 21206, 21207, 21208, 21209, 21210, 21211, 21212, 21213, 21214, 21215, 21216, 21217, 21218, 21219, 21220, 21221, 21222, 21223, 21224, 21225, 21226, 21227, 21228, 21229, 21230, 21231, 21233, 21234, 21236, 21237, 21239, 21240, 21244, 21286
P.O. Box Zip Codes 21203, 21270, 21279, 21281, 21282, 21284, 21285, 21297
Company Zip Codes 21235, 21241, 21250, 21251, 21252, 21263, 21264, 21265, 21268, 21273, 21274, 21275, 21278, 21280, 21283, 21287, 21288, 21289, 21290, 21298
Phone Area Codes 410
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.31
Longitude -76.61

Baltimore Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station BALTIMORE CITY
Distance 1.9 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 44 F
Apr Temp 48 to 68 F
Jul Temp 73 to 91 F
Oct Temp 52 to 70 F
Annual Precip 43.5 inches
Station TOWSON
Distance 5.6 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 42 F
Apr Temp 43 to 65 F
Jul Temp 67 to 87 F
Oct Temp 47 to 68 F
Annual Precip 51.5 inches
Station ANNAPOLIS POLICE BRKS
Distance 22 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 42 F
Apr Temp 42 to 65 F
Jul Temp 67 to 88 F
Oct Temp 46 to 67 F
Annual Precip 44.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bel Air 10,247 $77,719
Columbia 103,055 $119,845
Dundalk 62,349 $56,699
Owings Mills 33,732 $75,323
Towson 57,725 $107,355

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Baltimore Public Libraries

Library
Enoch Pratt Free Library
400 CATHEDRAL STREET
Baltimore, Maryland
(410) 396-5395
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Baltimore Hospitals

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
22 S GREENE ST
(410) 328-8667
Emergency Service: Yes

MARYLAND GENERAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
827 LINDEN AVE
(410) 225-8000
Emergency Service: Yes

MERCY MEDICAL CENTER INC
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
301 ST PAUL PLACE
(410) 332-9000
Emergency Service: Yes

GREATER BALTIMORE MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
6701 N CHARLES ST
(443) 849-2121
Emergency Service: Yes

SINAI HOSPITAL OF BALTIMORE
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
2401 WEST BELVEDERE AVE
(410) 601-9000
Emergency Service: Yes

UNION MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
201 E UNIVERSITY PKY
(410) 554-2227
Emergency Service: Yes

BON SECOURS HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
2000 W BALTIMORE STREET
(410) 362-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

JOHNS HOPKINS BAYVIEW MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
4940 EASTERN AVENUE
(410) 550-0100
Emergency Service: Yes

HARBOR HOSPITAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
3001 S HANOVER STREET
(410) 350-3200
Emergency Service: Yes

FRANKLIN SQUARE HOSPITAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
9000 FRANKLIN SQUARE DR
(443) 777-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
5601 LOCH RAVEN BLVD
(410) 532-8000
Emergency Service: Yes

THE JOHNS HOPKINS HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
600 N WOLFE ST
(410) 955-6387
Emergency Service: Yes

SAINT AGNES HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
WILKENS & CATON AVENUES
(410) 368-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Baltimore High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

PERRY HALL HIGH
4601 EBENEZER RD
410-887-5108
Serves 2,282 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

WALBROOK HIGH
2000 EDGEWOOD ST
410-396-0721
Serves 2,001 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.4

WOODLAWN HIGH CENTER FOR PRE-ENG. RES
1801 WOODLAWN DR
410-887-1309
Serves 1,983 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

PARKVILLE HIGH & CENTER FOR MATH/SCIENCE
2600 PUTTY HILL AVE
410-887-5257
Serves 1,974 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

PATTERSON HIGH
100 KANE ST
410-396-9276
Serves 1,936 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

KENWOOD HIGH IB AND SPORTS SCIENCE
501 STEMMERS RUN RD
410-887-0153
Serves 1,841 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

SOUTHWESTERN HIGH
200 FONT HILL AVE
410-396-1422
Serves 1,648 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.3

PATAPSCO HIGH & CENTER FOR ARTS
8100 WISE AVE
410-887-7060
Serves 1,570 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

HARBOR CITY HIGH SCHOOL
1001 W SARATOGA ST
410-396-1513
A Non-traditional School
Serves 1,506 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.6

CATONSVILLE HIGH
421 BLOOMSBURY AVE
410-887-0808
Serves 1,457 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

MILFORD MILL ACADEMY
3800 WASHINGTON AVE
410-887-0660
Serves 1,437 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.9

BALTIMORE CITY COLLEGE
3220 THE ALAMEDA
410-396-6557
Serves 1,432 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.6

MERGENTHALER VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL HIGH
3500 HILLEN RD
410-396-6496
A Vocational School
Serves 1,399 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

CARVER VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL HIGH
2201 PRESSTMAN ST
410-396-0553
A Vocational School
Serves 1,396 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.7

DUNDALK HIGH
1901 DELVALE AVE
410-887-7023
Serves 1,387 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

FREDERICK DOUGLASS HIGH
2301 GWYNNS FALLS PKY
410-396-7821
Serves 1,303 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

EASTERN TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL
1100 MACE AVE
410-887-0190
A Vocational School
Serves 1,286 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

NORTHWESTERN HIGH
6900 PARK HEIGHTS AVE
410-396-0646
Serves 1,260 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.1

LANSDOWNE HIGH & ACADEMY OF FINANCE
3800 HOLLINS FERRY RD
410-887-1415
Serves 1,201 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.1

OVERLEA HIGH & ACADEMY OF FINANCE
5401 KENWOOD AVE
410-887-5241
Serves 1,199 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

BALTIMORE POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE
1400 W COLD SPRING LN
410-396-7026
Serves 1,156 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.6

PIKESVILLE HIGH
7621 LABYRINTH RD
410-887-1217
Serves 1,104 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

WESTERN SCHOOL OF TECHNOLOGY & ENV. SCIENCE
100 KENWOOD AVE
410-887-0840
A Vocational School
Serves 1,070 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

EDMONDSON-WESTSIDE HIGH
501 N ATHOL AVE
410-396-0685
A Vocational School
Serves 1,066 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

LOCH RAVEN HIGH
1212 COWPENS AVE
410-887-3525
Serves 1,037 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

CHESAPEAKE HIGH
1801 TURKEY POINT RD
410-887-0100
Serves 990 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

WESTERN HIGH
4600 FALLS RD
410-396-7040
Serves 890 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.5

FOREST PARK HIGH
3701 ELDORADO AVE
410-396-0753
Serves 846 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.3

LAKE CLIFTON-EASTERN HIGH
2801 SAINT LO DR
410-396-6637
Serves 808 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.1

W.E.B. DUBOIS SENIOR HIGH
2201 PINEWOOD AVE
410-000-0000
A Non-traditional School
Serves 738 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

REGINALD F. LEWIS HIGH SCHOOL
2201 PINEWOOD AVE
410-000-0000
A Non-traditional School
Serves 718 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.4

PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR HIGH
1400 ORLEANS ST
410-396-9478
Serves 681 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

ROBERT POOLE MIDDLE
1300 W 36TH ST
410-396-6456
Serves 546 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.1

FRANCIS M. WOOD ALTERNATIVE HIGH
100 N CALHOUN ST
410-396-1290
A Special Education School
Serves 467 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.3

SOUTHERN SENIOR HIGH
1100 COVINGTON ST
410-396-1500
Serves 328 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.6

BALTIMORE SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS
712 CATHEDRAL STREET
410-396-1185
Serves 319 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

NAF LEARNING COMMUNITY AT PORT DISCOVERY
35 MARKETPLACE
410-467-6307
A Non-traditional School
Serves 295 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.5

UPTON SCHOOL
811 W LANVALE ST
410-396-0775
A Non-traditional School
Serves 229 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.8

GEORGE W. F. MCMECHEN MIDDLE/HIGH
4411 GARRISON BLVD
410-396-0980
A Special Education School
Serves 225 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.3

LAURENCE G. PAQUIN MIDDLE/HIGH
2200 SINCLAIR LANE
410-396-9399
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 205 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.9

SOUTHSIDE ACADEMY
2700 SEAMON AVE
410-396-1625
Serves 180 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.6

EAGER STREET ACADEMY
401 E EAGER ST
410-209-4091
A Non-traditional School
Serves 174 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

ROSEDALE CENTER
8200 OLD PHILADELPHIA RD
410-887-0133
A Special Education School
Serves 141 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.5

EVENING HIGH SCHOOL
9610 PULASKI PARK DR SUITE 21
410-887-2270
A Non-traditional School
Serves 140 students.

CENTRAL CAREER CENTER AT BRISCOE
900 DRUID HILL AVE
410-396-0770
A Special Education School
Serves 125 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.4

MAIDEN CHOICE SCHOOL
4901 SHELBOURNE RD
410-887-1431
A Special Education School
A Title I School.
Serves 117 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.5

INVERNESS CENTER
8200 OLD PHILADELPHIA RD
410-887-7575
A Special Education School
Serves 107 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.1

CATONSVILLE CENTER FOR ALTERNATIVE STUDIES
901 S ROLLING RD
410-887-0934
A Non-traditional School
Serves 78 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.4

CLAREMONT SCHOOL
5301 ERDMAN AVE
410-545-3380
A Special Education School
Serves 65 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5

CATONSVILLE EDUCATION CENTER
605 S CHAPELGATE LN
410-368-7900
A Non-traditional School

HOME TEACHING-MIDDLE/HIGH
6901 N CHARLES ST ESS BLDG
410-887-2270
A Non-traditional School

WAVERLY CAREER CENTER
701 E 34TH ST
410-396-6478
A Special Education School

SOLLERS POINT/SOUTHEASTERN TECHNICAL HIGH
325 SOLLERS POINT RD
410-887-7075
A Vocational School

AFTERNOON GROUP LEARNING CENTERS
6901 CHARLES ST ESS BLDG
410-887-2270
A Non-traditional School

ROBERT POOLE HIGH
2201 PINEWOOD AVE
410-000-0000
A Non-traditional School

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