Baltimore 57 Poor
Baltimore Livability #426 ranked city in Maryland#24,858 ranked city in the USARanks better than 15% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Baltimore Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C Baltimore Cost of Living Cost of living is 17% lower than Maryland
991% less expensive than the US average
11919% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Baltimore cost of living
F Baltimore Crime Total crime is 207% higher than Maryland
Total crime
6,170163% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 17163% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
0%Year over year crime is similar
Baltimore crime
D- Baltimore Employment Household income is 42% lower than Maryland
Median household income
$44,26220% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$27,1299% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%51% higher than the US average
Baltimore employment
C Baltimore Housing Home value is 47% lower than Maryland
Median home value
$153,00017% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$9743% higher than the US average
Home ownership
47%27% lower than the US average
Baltimore real estate or Baltimore rentals
F Baltimore Schools HS graduation rate is 9% lower than Maryland
High school grad. rates
78%5% lower than the US average
School test scores
23%53% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:19% lower than the US average
Baltimore K-12 schools
D- Baltimore User Ratings There are a total of 50 ratings in Baltimore
Overall user rating
51% 50 total ratings
User reviews rating
53% 7 total reviews
User surveys rating
50% 43 total surveys
all Baltimore poll results

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      Living in Baltimore, MD

      Baltimore, Maryland is a large city with a population of 621,000 residents. With a population density of 7,672 people per square mile, Baltimore is well above the nation's average density level. Baltimore is not known to have a high population (over 15 years old) of married people. At only 47% married, this city falls well below the national average.

      If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a good experience if you are willing to get to know the town before actually living in Baltimore, Maryland. Finding the best places to live in Baltimore and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, crime, cost of living, education, employment and other important metrics.

      The livability score in Baltimore is 60/100 and the city is ranked in the 18th percentile of all cities across America. Compared to the national average, this area has a score which ranks among the lowest in the nation, and it is not considered a very livable city. If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Baltimore has higher than average grades for the following: amenities (A+). There is at least one category that did not score well in Baltimore. The following was graded with a less than perfect score: crime (F), education (F) and employment (D-).

      Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Baltimore on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: National Aquarium, Baltimore, Inner Harbor, and Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

      There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Baltimore is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Baltimore come in at $153,000, which is 47.3% lower than the Maryland average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Baltimore, the home price to income ratio is 3.5, which is 7.9% lower than the Maryland average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Baltimore will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Baltimore, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 25.2%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 8.6%.

      Baltimore transportation information

      Average one way commute31min32min26min
      Workers who drive to work59.8%73.7%76.4%
      Workers who carpool9.2%9.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit18.4%8.9%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.8%0.3%0.6%
      Workers who walk6.7%2.4%2.8%
      Working from home3.7%4.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Baltimore, MD data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).