Welcome to Baltimore. The birthplace of Edgar Allen Poe, Frederick Douglass, and the Star Spangled Banner – Baltimore is one of America’s most historic cities, and one of its greatest. In addition to a growing tech sector, Baltimore also boasts great cathedrals, synagogues, and monuments – it’s no wonder the city generates 5.2 billion dollars in tourism revenue a year!
Located along the Patapsco River in northeast Maryland, Baltimore is the 29th most populous city in the United States and the most populous city in Maryland. The harbor area features all sorts of fun open air activities and is great for a pleasant weekend stroll. There is plenty in Baltimore for sports fans – the Orioles play here, and Oriole Park is one of the most unique in America. The Ravens, Baltimore’s football team, play at M&T stadium. Baltimore has a significant student population, and apartments for rent can be found near John Hopkins University. John Hopkins Hospital – the best hospital in the United States – is also located in Baltimore.
There are three main arts and entertainment districts in Baltimore – the Station North Arts & Entertainment District, HighlandTown Arts District and the Bromo Arts & Entertainment District. In Addition, the Baltimore Office of Promotion of the Arts organizes several major events every year, including Artscape (America’s largest art festival), the Baltimore Book Festival, and the School 33 Open Studio Tour, among others. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is world famous and regularly performs classical music and film soundtracks. Theatre fans will enjoy the Lyric Opera of Baltimore and Centerstage (Baltimore’s leading performance art company). Community theater is also popular. The Peabody Institute is the oldest music conservatory in the United States – founded in 1857.
The Science, Tech, and Maths sectors are strong in Baltimore – accounting for almost a quarter of all jobs in the city. Baltimore is also a thriving center of international commerce – the port generates 3 billion dollars in wages and salary each year. Other top Baltimore employers include the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, T. Rowe Price, Lockheed Martin, the University of Maryland Baltimore, and UPS.
The weather in Baltimore varies. Winter varies, with some years seeing minimal snowfall and others major storms. Summers are fairly hot, averaging about 80.7° Fahrenheit. There are about 40 inches of rain annually.
There is a lot of good eating in Baltimore – seafood especially, given Baltimore’s proximity to the water. The Fells Point neighborhood is home to the Thames Street Oyster House – known for piping hot bowls of clam chowder, expertly prepared lobster and delicious oysters. Not a seafood fan? Head over to Chap’s Charcoal House for an old fashioned mac‘n‘cheese, burger, or sub.
The population of Baltimore is about 63% African-American, and 30% White, with the remainder of the population being mostly Hispanic or Asian. The median income for a household in Baltimore is about $42,000. The cost of living in Baltimore is slightly below the national average.
There’s a lot of family-friendly fun to be had in Baltimore. For starters, you can check out The National Aquarium, which displays thousands of exotic and interesting fish. When you’re deciding what to do next, head over to the Top of the World Observation Center – you can see all of Baltimore from this skyscraper. The center also provides binoculars and city maps. Baseball fans can’t miss the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum. Fans of Mission Impossible and James Bond should check out the National Cryptologic Museum – the official museum of the NSA.
Founded in 1729, Baltimore has more historical monuments per capita than any other U.S. city. That’s a lot of history. As horror fans know, Edgar Allen Poe wrote some of his earliest work in Baltimore. Visit the Edgar Allen Poe House and Museum (talking ravens not included with ticket purchase) to get a sense of the atmosphere of Poe’s early work. Complete your spooky journey with a visit to Poe’s grave in Westminster Hall – the beautiful gothic architecture makes it a fitting resting place for the master of the macabre. Baltimore’s Inner Harbor offers much of interest for naval history buffs. Take a full access tour of the USS Torsk (a World War II submarine) or the USS Constellation - the last sail-only warship the navy ever built. Other historical attractions include the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum and Fort McHenry.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards Fort McHenry, the National Aquarium, the Baltimore Museum of Art, John Hopkins University, Federal Hill Park, the USS Constellation, Hampden (great Christmas lights in this neighborhood!) the Maryland Science Center, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore Farmer's Market, the Civil War Museum, the Star Spangled Banner Flag House.
Whether you want to paint the town red, or just sip a pint in a pub, you have options in Baltimore. Night owls should consider apartments for rent in Federal Hill or Fell’s Point - both popular areas for nights out. The Cat’s Eye Pub on Thames Street offers a good beer selection and great live Jazz and Blues in a relaxed atmosphere. For something a little different, check out Howlin’ at the Moon – they have great dueling piano shows and novelty bucket drinks. Want to dress up and dance? Go down to the Havana Club in Inner Harbor for Salsa and Latin dancing. Mosaic in Downtown offers Hip-Hop and Top 40 tracks and great DJs and drinks.
Baltimore’s public transportation is nothing to write home about, but there are MTA buses available. The Charm City Circulator, a recent startup, offers four free-of-charge bus routes. However, most Baltimore citizens prefer to travel by car.
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Downtown is the heart of Baltimore – lots of office buildings and high-rise apartments for rent here. You can find the coolest Baltimore nightlife, arts, and the city’s finest farmer’s market here.
A charming, historic neighborhood with beautiful cobblestone streets, located on the Patapsco’s north shore. Just minutes from downtown, Fell’s point is an ideal place for young professionals to rent apartments or townhouses. And when the workday is over, there are plenty of great cafes, restaurants, and bars here.
One of Baltimore’s most diverse and energetic neighborhoods – young professionals, old Baltimore families, and frat bros all live here. Lots of old warehouses have been converted into cool apartments for rent, you can also find a traditional brick and formstone rowhouses. If you are a morning person, head over to Iron Rooster restaurant for a serious breakfast.
Laidback with a suburban feel – Charles Village is a great place for families to settle long term. find townhouses for rent. Located in near John Hopkins University, it’s also a great place to find student apartments for rent. The Wyman Park Dell – a 16-acre public park, is an excellent place to take the kids or the dog (or both!) for a walk.
Hampden has character. Popular with the starving artists and the hipsters, there’s always something cool and quirky going on here. For example, the annual HonFest celebrates the beehive hairdos of the 60s. There are lots of apartments for rent with vintage brick architecture here.
One of Baltimore’s more upscale neighborhoods – and with some of the city’s coolest bars and nightlife, it’s the place to rent an apartment if you want to be right in the action. Swing by the Ropewalk Tavern for great Maryland microbrews and mouth-watering pub food.
Nestled between Canton and John Hopkins Medical University, Patterson Park has a small-town, neighborly feel. With many affordable apartments for rent in walking distance from major attractions, Patterson Park offers a great Baltimore experience on a budget.
The Inner Harbor’s high-rise apartments for rent offer lovely views of the Baltimore waterfront – and with so many cool things to do here, it’s no wonder that it’s the most visited tourist area in the entire city.
Don’t let “The Wire” fool you, West Baltimore is rapidly gentrifying, and there are lots of cool, affordable apartments for rent here – in classic Baltimore rowhouses. You can find the Edgar Allen Poe Museum in this part of the city.