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Baltimore, MD

Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore is the largest independent city in the United States and the largest city and cultural center of the U.S. state of Maryland. The city is located in central Maryland along the tidal portion of the Patapsco River, an arm of the Chesapeake Bay. Baltimore is sometimes referred to as Baltimore City in order to distinguish it from surrounding Baltimore County. Founded in 1729, Baltimore is a major U.S. seaport and is situated closer to major Midwestern markets than any other major seaport on the East Coast. Baltimore's Inner Harbor was once the second leading port of entry for immigrants to the United States and a major manufacturing center. The harbor is now home to Harborplace, a shopping, entertainment, and tourist center, and the National Aquarium in Baltimore. After a decline in manufacturing, Baltimore shifted to a service-oriented economy. Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Hospital are now the city's largest employers.

Baltimore is divided officially into nine geographical regions: Northern, Northwestern, Northeastern, Western, Central, Eastern, Southern, Southwestern, and Southeastern, with each patrolled by a respective Baltimore Police Department district. However, it is common for locals to divide the city simply by East or West Baltimore, using Charles Street as a dividing line, and/or into North and South using Baltimore Street as a dividing line.

The Central region of the city includes the Downtown area which is the location of Baltimore's main commercial area. Home to Harborplace, The Camden Yards Sports Complex (Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium), the Convention Center, and the National Aquarium in Baltimore, the area also includes many nightclubs, bars and restaurants, shopping centers and various other attractions.

baltimore It is also the home to many of Baltimore's key business such as Legg Mason and Constellation Energy. In addition, the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus is housed in this area, with the long-associated University of Maryland Medical System adjacent to the school. The downtown core has mainly served as a commercial district with limited residential opportunities. However, since 2002 the population in the downtown has doubled to 10,000 residents with a projection of 7,400 additional housing units coming available by 2012.

The Central region also includes the areas north of the downtown core stretching up to the edge of Druid Hill Park. Included in the more northern part of the Central region are the neighborhoods of Mount Vernon, Charles North, Reservoir Hill, Bolton Hill, Madison Park, Druid Heights, as well as several other neighborhoods. These neighborhoods include many residential options and are home to many of the city's cultural opportunities. Maryland Institute College of Art, the Peabody Institute of music, the Lyric Opera House, The Walters Art Museum, The Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, as well as several galleries are all located in this region. Crime in the Inner Harbor and Mount Vernon neighborhoods of the Central District became of greater concern in 2009, as an increasing number of random assaults on tourists were reported.
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Population

Total Population 637,418
Population Density 8,038.9 Persons/Sq. Mile
Median Age 35.3
Female persons, percent 53.4%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent 11.8%
Persons under 18 years old, percent 22.4%
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Colleges

Baltimore City Community College 7097 Students
Coppin State University 3,200 Undergraduates
Morgan State University 6,114 Undergraduates
University of Baltimore (UB) 2412 Undergraduates
University of Maryland, Baltimore 810 Undergraduates
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Households & Income

Total Number of Households 257,996
Persons per household 2,42
Median household income $40,087
Persons below poverty level, percent 19.2%
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Arts & Culture

baltimore Art is all around us in Baltimore. From murals on buildings and wacky window shrines, Baltimore is a mix of the past and the present, the "kitsch" and the cultural all in one. Beautifully polished marble steps, painted screens and incredible architecture are all a part Charm City's allure. Baltimore City’s thriving arts scene includes events like Artscape, the largest free public arts festival in the country and international festivals.

There are many community art galleries, music and performance venues such as the Patterson Theater in Highlandtown. Admission is always free to the public at the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walters Art Museum! The city has a rich history of African-American arts and culture; one place to learn about this history and to experience contemporary music is at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center. Performance venues range from Broadway shows at the Hippodrome Theatre to professional theater at Center Stage, to many community theaters in the neighborhoods across the city.