Moving to Baltimore, MD

Thinking about moving to Baltimore?

You’ve made a good choice. One of America’s most historical cities, Baltimore is a cultural feast. It’s the true capital of the Mid-Atlantic and far more authentic than neighboring D.C. (which is only a short drive away). It’s chock full of cultural attractions, including museums, historic sites, and perhaps the best aquarium in the world. Though it’s not the biggest city, it’s built with an old-school urbanism that so many other cities are trying (and often failing) to replicate. And if you get tired of Baltimore there are a ton of easy day-trips to places like Philadelphia, D.C., the mountains and the beach.

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Yes, Baltimore has its (well-publicized) problems, and the suburbs and the sunbelt have been pulling people away for decades, but those issues can’t overshadow the city’s resurgence. Baltimore’s economy is surging, and the city is becoming a healthcare and tech powerhouse, attracting highly-educated young professionals. At the same time, Baltimore’s low housing prices — it’s by far the best bargain of any urban area on the east coast — are drawing in creative types. This is a city on the upswing, and you’re catching it at just the right time.

Living

Baltimore is home to 614,664 Baltimoreans. With an area of 80.9 square miles, Baltimore has a population density of 7,598 persons per square mile, which makes it more dense than many other cities of comparable size.

The Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD Metropolitan Statistical Area boasts a population of 2,798,886 people, of which Baltimore proper’s population makes up 22%.

Housing

Affordable housing is one of best things Baltimore has going for it. The median home value in Baltimore is $121,700, -39% below the US median value, according to Zillow. The median price per square foot in Baltimore is $109. Over the past 5 years, home values in Baltimore have increased by 4%.

Renters in Baltimore will also have an easy time finding affordable housing. The median rent in Baltimore is $1,288 per month, which is 10% lower than the US median. Over the past year, rental rates in Baltimore have decreased by 3.7%.

Economy

Baltimore’s economy is growing strong. The Baltimore metro area’s GDP grew by 19% between 2010 and 2015, from $153 billion in 2010 to $181 billion in 2015, a total increase of $28 billion. The metro area has a per capita GDP of $64,818. According to the US Census Bureau, the median household income in Baltimore, MD is $70,936, 20% higher than the national median. Baltimore’s unemployment rate is 4.4%.

Baltimore, MD Arts and Entertainment

Dylan's Oyster Cellar

3601 Chestnut Ave Baltimore, MD 21211

Paulie Gee's Hampden

3537 Chestnut Ave Baltimore, MD 21211

Cosima Mill No. 1

3000 Falls Rd Baltimore, MD 21211

R House

301 W 29th St Baltimore, MD 21211

Colette

1709 North Charles Street Baltimore, MD 21201

The Elephant

924 N Charles St Baltimore, MD 21201

Loch Bar

240 International Drive Baltimore, MD 21202

Thames Street Oyster House

1728 Thames St Baltimore, MD 21231

Joe Benny’s

313 S High St Baltimore, MD 21202

Wicked Sisters Tavern

3845 Falls Rd Baltimore, MD 21211

Restaurants
Dylan's Oyster Cellar
Paulie Gee's Hampden
Cosima Mill No. 1
R House
Colette
The Elephant
Loch Bar
Thames Street Oyster House
Joe Benny’s
Wicked Sisters Tavern

The Brewer's Art

1106 N Charles St, Mount Vernon, Baltimore, MD, United States

Max's Taphouse

737 S Broadway, Fells Point, Baltimore, MD, United States

Cat's Eye Pub

1730 Thames St., Fells Point

Bookmakers Cocktail Club

31 East Cross Street, Federal Hill-Montgomery, Baltimore, MD, United States

Mahaffey's Pub

2706 Dillon St

The Crown

1910 N. Charles St

Bar Liquorice

801 E Fort Ave Baltimore, MD 21230

Cardinal Tavern

901 S Clinton St Baltimore, MD 21224

Rye

1639 Thames St Baltimore, MD 21231

Nightlife
The Brewer's Art
Max's Taphouse
Cat's Eye Pub
Bookmakers Cocktail Club
Mahaffey's Pub
The Crown
Bar Liquorice
Cardinal Tavern
Rye

National Aquarium

501 E Pratt St Baltimore, MD 21202

Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

1876 Mansion House Dr Baltimore, MD 21217

Fort McHenry National Monument

2400 E Fort Ave Baltimore, MD 21230

American Visionary Art Museum

800 Key Hwy Baltimore, MD 21230

The Walters Art Museum

600 N Charles St Baltimore, MD 21201

Baltimore Museum of Art

10 Art Museum Dr Baltimore, MD 21218

Baltimore Museum of Industry

1415 Key Hwy Baltimore, MD 21230

Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum

203 N Amity St Baltimore, MD 21223

Museums
National Aquarium
Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Fort McHenry National Monument
American Visionary Art Museum
The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore Museum of Art
Baltimore Museum of Industry
Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum

Weather

If you’re allergic to cold weather, Baltimore might not be for you. Baltimore winters are cold, with an average temperature of 38 degrees. Summers in Baltimore are cool, with an average temperature of 74 degrees. The average temperature in Spring is 64 degrees and the average temperature in Fall is 47 degrees.

If you’re moving to Baltimore, you better bring your umbrella! Baltimore sees an average 116 rainy days per year, and had an average annual rainfall of 41.9 inches. Baltimore is relatively dry, with an average annual relative humidity of 66. And don’t sweat it if you forget to pack your sunglasses. Baltimore only gets an average of 2,582 sunny hours per year and 105 sunny days, fewer than much of the rest of the country.

Crime

Baltimore does have some problems with violent crime, with a violent crime rate of 1,536 incidents per 100,000 persons according to the FBI, a higher rate than average. Property crime rates in Baltimore are relatively high, with a rate of 4,980 incidents per 100,000 persons, a higher rate than average.

Traffic

Ask anyone who lives in Baltimore what the city’s biggest problems are and traffic will almost certainly be one of them. According to a survey conducted by INRIX, the average commuter in Baltimore spends 26.3 hours in traffic each year, with about 7% of their time commuting in a traffic jam, a higher portion than average among US cities.

Cost of Living

Baltimore is an expensive place to live with a high cost of living. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis‘s Regional Price Parity survey, which takes into account cost of living metrics including the price of goods and services and housing, Baltimore has a regional price parity of 117.2, 7.0% above the average for US metro areas.

Education

Baltimore is a well-educated city, with 20% of the population possessing a Bachelor’s degree or higher. Only 11% of the population does not have a High School diploma, while 14% of the population has a Graduate or Professional degree.

Demographics

The median age in Baltimore is 38.2 years. 48.2% of the population in the Baltimore metro area is male, while 51.8% is female. 9.2% of the metro population is foreign born.

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