Baltimore, the 17th
largest and 9th most affordable city in the United States, is named "Charm
City" for its residents' well established concern for the quality of life.
Long considered a southern town, Baltimore owed much of its early growth and
prosperity to its desirable location. It lays further west than any other
major Atlantic port, endearing its harbor to shippers. Baltimore now ranks
fifth among United States ports, with major railways and trucking lines
carrying cargoes to and from docks as well as raw materials to the city's
economy and cultural life, in addition to its geography, influenced its
local development. Baltimoreans tend to have roots in clearly identified
neighborhoods, and this sense of local identification has helped counter the
alienation associated with modern city life.
Baltimoreans take pride in their city, are eager to live and work here, and
take advantage of a city rich in culture and history. Influenced by the
talent of writers Edgar Allan Poe and H.L. Mencken, musician James Hubert "Eubie"
Blake and singer Billie Holiday, Baltimore continues to grow, boasting one
of the most remarkable transformations in recent American history.
Not only does
Baltimore offer lots to see and do, it is centrally located on the East
Coast and is easily accessible via Interstate 95 and Amtrak.
Baltimore/Washington International Airport is seven miles away and serves
the region with frequent flights to other parts of the United States and
countries throughout the world.
You may consult
the following web sites to obtain additional information on Baltimore, its
neighborhoods, recreational opportunities, cultural activities, and
Baltimore enjoys a relatively mild climate thanks to its proximity to the
Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, but there can be high humidity in
summer with severe thunderstorms and hurricanes possible in late summer and
early autumn. Rain fall averages 40 inches per year and snowfall around 22
inches with clear skies 29 percent of the time. Temperatures in January are
28 to 42 degrees Fahrenheit while in July you can expect 69 to 86 degrees
Area: 74 square miles