Baltimore is the largest city in the state of Maryland in both size and population, although it is not the capital (that honor belongs to Annapolis). However if you ask anyone to name a city in Maryland, Baltimore is almost certainly going to be the answer, and for good reason.
This populous city is home to over 620,000 people and is the 29th largest city in the United States by population. Home to two professional sports teams (the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens and MLB’s Baltimore Orioles), there’s a lot to love about this city.
City of Neighbors
One of the truly distinct features of the city is just how planned out it is. Baltimore is a city of neighborhoods and is in fact split into hundreds of different recognized neighborhoods. Districts can vary greatly but each one was designed as a put together residential or commercial district.
City of History
Baltimore was home to many famous historic figures including Edgar Allan Poe, Babe Ruth, Fredrick Douglas, and many more. The city was also involved heavily in a battle in 1812 which led to Francis Scott Key writing the poems that would eventually become “The Star Spangled Banner” the National Anthem of the United States.
While there’s a lot of good around Baltimore, that doesn’t mean everything has been peaches and cream. Crime has been a major issue in recent years and among all the cities to be hit by the crack/cocaine epidemic, Baltimore has been among the hardest hit. This is a problem that is still being dealt with and will take more time to rebuild from although having a high profile TV show like “The Wire” take place in some of the projects in Baltimore helped bring some much needed attention to the problems that still exist.