POPULATION: 622,793 (city), 2,785,874 (metro) | TIME ZONE: Eastern | CLIMATE: Humid subtropical (four distinct seasons and generous precipitation year-round)
Baltimore. Charm City. How charmed will you be? It probably depends on where you decide to live. And whether you like crab cakes. But generally speaking, Baltimore is a city of neighborhoods, and Baltimorians are an enthusiastic bunch. For a small city in a small state, Baltimore actually has the notable status of being the largest independent city in the country.
Formerly a manufacturing center, Baltimore was at one point the second largest entry point for immigrants to the U.S. In case you’ve ever wondered (and why wouldn’t you?), the name Baltimore is an anglicization of the name Baile an Tí Mhóir, an Irish name meaning Town of the Big House.
During the the War of 1812’s Battle of Baltimore, U.S. Lawyer Francis Scott Key witnessed the British bombardment of Fort McHenry from a ship in the harbor. The morning after, when Key saw Fort McHenry’s huge American flag still flying, he was inspired to write a poem called "The Star-Spangled Banner." Later on, British composer John Stafford Smith set it to music, and it eventually became the United States’ official national anthem.
America's Comeback City
The Monumental City
Crab Cake Capital of the World
The City That Reads
The Greatest City in America
Get in on it Believe
RANDOM SONG ABOUT THE CITY Baltimore by Roy Buchanan
PRO SPORTS TEAMS
Baltimore Ravens (NFL)
Baltimore Orioles (MLB)
Baltimore Blast (MISL)
Baltimore Burn (WSFL)
Baltimore Nighthawks (IWFL)
Baltimore Bohemians (USL PDL)
ALSO KNOWN FOR...
The nation’s second biggest animé convention
National Bohemian Beer
The country’s largest free arts festival
Birthplace of The National Anthem
The Inner Harbor
Pit beef sandwiches
Fredrick Douglass, Edgar Allan Poe, Babe Ruth, Billie Holiday, Edward Norton, Emily Post, Eubie Blake, David Byrne, Cab Calloway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Kweisi Mfume, Thurgood Marshall, Cal Ripken, Johnny Unitas, Mike Rowe
If living in the city is for you, you may be attracted like so many others to the Waterfront. Revitalized Fells Point is highly desirable and is in the National Register of Historic Places. On the water in the city’s southeast area, it has cobblestone streets, bars, restaurants, music clubs and boutique shopping. You’ll find restored historic homes and row houses. And as Angelenos like to say, it’s also freeway close. Federal Hill is close to the harbor, and is considered family-friendly. A somewhat more gentrified location with many third-generation residents, you’ll find restored red-brick homes, condominiums and row houses.
Close to downtown, Charles Village has a reputation for being a tight neighborhood of eccentrics who like their historic homes and local businesses. The neighborhood is close to Johns Hopkins University and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Urban and hip Mount Vernon is also listed as National Register of Historic Places and is a cultural center.
Patterson Park is called a small town in the heart of the city. The actual park itself covers 115 acres. The neighborhood’s history is blue collar, it has a very social and diverse vibe, and is a tight community. Washington Village in South Baltimore is an affordable location whose name was upgraded in the 1970s from the more colorful Pigtown. But people still insist on calling it by its original name, especially community groups. College students, young marrieds and pensioners like this racially, socially and economically diverse neighborhood. It’s also near downtown, I-95 and public transit.
If a suburban lifestyle calls your name, you have options that also give you good access to the city when you want it. Inside the Beltway and north of the city is Towson. Originally a farming community, Towson is desirable for its proximity to Baltimore and its good public schools. Towson is also home to Baltimore County’s largest indoor mall. Rodgers Forge is a quaint community of rowhouses, apartments and single-family homes founded in 1923. It also has good public schools and is near the Beltway, and is noted for being the home of Olympic swimming champ Michael Phelps. Suburban Pikesville is home to one Baltimore’s larger Jewish communities as well as the Maryland State Police, once placed #5 in the COMBOS America’s Manliest Cities rankings, and is where Robin Quivers of the Howard Stern Show was born and raised.