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A+ Baltimore Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C- Baltimore Cost of Living Cost of living is 17% lower than Maryland
100same as the US average
12020% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Baltimore cost of living
F Baltimore Crime Total crime is 155% higher than Maryland
Total crime
6,955152% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 15152% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
7%Year over year crime is up
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
20%59% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:19% lower than the US average
Baltimore K-12 schools or Baltimore colleges

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%.

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Compare Baltimore, MD Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Baltimore, MD

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Cheswolde Area, Baltimore776.112,433
Roland Parl-Homewood-Guilford, Baltimore733.516,535
Inner Harbor, Baltimore6812,535
Riverside, Baltimore662.39,001
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Lower Northwood, Baltimore663.113,686
Franklintown, Baltimore654.61,503
Pulaski, Baltimore653.8475
Cedonia, Baltimore643.919,443

Best Cities Near Baltimore, MD

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Naval Academy, MD8322.86,040
Merrifield, VA8344.917,000
Friendship Heights Village, MD8234.74,730
Arlington, VA8239.2226,092
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Idylwood, VA8142.618,921
Upper Marlboro, MD8134.2694
Bel Air CDP, MD8021.51,383
Pimmit Hills, VA8041.56,511
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Utter trash do not ever live in the city of Baltimore

This place is full of garbage and crime. The city of Baltimore will drain you of everything you own when you first move here through parking tickets and speeding camera tickets in areas where the speed limit isn't even clearly posted. This place is awful. I feel unsafe everywhere I go. The produce in the grocery stores is always old, so I drive 30 min to go to grocery stores in the suburbs. Traffic is an absolutely nightmare. The food is getting better, but it is garbage compared to DC. My car has been hit and vandalized on numerous occasions, and I live in a "safe" area. Just do yourself a favor and go somewhere else. I'm doing everything I can to move out of this city ASAP!
  • 3 -2
Aside from a great downtown atmosphere during big events- Baltimore is awful

Baltimore is a city that, unfortunately, has another city 45 miles away from it that just so happens to be the capital of the most powerful country in the world. And that city is so much better. But that's to be expected, you know. Therefore, it has no chance of being attractive. Baltimore is like a neglected child. The only thing it has known is misery and the hard life inflicted by people who only care about themselves. It is by far the worst major city in the United States. I would say that the worst cities in the USA are Reno, Detroit, St. Louis, Birmingham, and Jackson. In other words, cities that have pre-dominantly African-American people living in them, and living a life of constant, hopless and helpless suffering whilst the higher class people- consisting of Caucasian people and some lucky African-Americans. But Baltimore is a city that is corrupt in every single possible way- lawfully, culturally, politically, systemically- you name it. It is an ugly, depressing, miserable place. There is really no reason for any outsider to go there other than to check out the Inner Harbor and go to an O's game- when in season.I was born in Germany, but grew up in the Los Angeles-Orange County, California area. I loved it there, and it is by miles the best place I have lived. I have also lived in Orlando and New York City. Orlando I didn't like much- it's a good looking city- well organized and easy to get around- but aside from Disney it's a pretty boring place- but Florida I grew up to like. The swampiness and the heat/humidity started to grow on me, and the Atlantic Ocean-side of Florida is generally a very pleasant, peaceful place to be in. New York City has to be one of the most exciting cities I have been in. Sure, some parts of it are dirty, and the fast pace of the city may be a bit much for some people- but I was never bored there. There is always something to do. Baltimore, I am afraid, lacks all of these things. The abject misery and hoplessness is immediately apparent when you go there. Some good people there try to fight for a good cause, whatever that city-related cause may be- but I am afraid that Baltimore has so many deep-rooted and expensive problems that their efforts will amount to nothing.I will try to extract some positivity from this place. Camden Yards is up there with Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium in terms of an experience. Simply put, of all the modern MLB-spec. stadiums, it is, by miles the best. It has an amazing atmosphere. The atmosphere in the downtown area is also great when big events are happening, like the short-lived Baltimore Grand Prix. It also has one particular kitchen, Woodberry Kitchen in the western part of the city that has great food- but that is like finding a diamond in gravel- and there are probably others I am not familar with- because I never dined in any place in Baltimore other than Woodberry that I found good or better. But I must admit- I have developed an affinity for blue crabs doused in Old Bay seasoning and pit beef sandwiches.But that's it. Nothing else about Baltimore is attractive to outsiders- people like me. It is a city for its residents. The residents do not like outside attention of any kind. I've often referred to it as the biggest village in America- a village with smaller villages in it. Imagine what a 3rd-world African city- rampant with crime, poverty and corruption- where surviving a single day in squalid conditions is a feat- like Lagos, Nigeria or Johannesburg, South Africa that is set in the Atlantic Northeast that has been modernized to American standards. That's Baltimore. Rampant crime, corruption, African-American males between the ages of 10 and 30 riding around on dirt-bikes on open streets, neighborhoods so dangerous that you would be risking your life while even driving through them at night, an inner-city education system that is a joke compared to the excellent one outside the city. Why is it like this? Because the local politicians and the people who run the city want it that way, of course. They are only concerned with meeting quotas of stats and numbers so that they can keep the benefits of having their jobs. They only care about surviving. So they don't give a damn about what their jobs actually entail. That comes at the expense of hundreds of thousands of people. You might as well drop a nuclear bomb on this city and put everyone out of their misery. But do you know what the worst thing is about Baltimore? It's aloofness. It's general lackluster-ness. It's "I don't give a damn" attitude. That comes from knowing that the people that govern and police your city don't care about you, and nearly no jobs available. For a blue-collar city, there are very few opportunites available- and when that happens, the depression extends through generations, if not handled properly. The people in charge do not have your best interests at heart. They only have their own interests at heart. This is a city that is behind 30 years, at the least. No progress has been made since the 1980's. If the people in charge had the public's best interest at heart, it would be a much happier place. It's amazing how far reaching the institutionalization of the local government is and what damage it has done. And that extends to the outer areas. Although peaceful and somewhat quiet, all of the Baltimore metropolitan area is so unfriendly and so insulated, any sane person would be inclined to move elsewhere. I know I would. The locals on the outside don't give a damn about Baltimore's problems. They either deny it or tell you to shut the f**k up. But most of those people, with the exception of going to Orioles or Ravens games, have never actually been to the city. And if they have, they have never seen the really bad areas of Baltimore.Baltimore, for the last 30 or so years has been a dying city that is designed to benefit a handful of people- people that are generally incompetent and just don't care about anything really important. The working class has been left to suffer- and with 344 homicides last year in a population of approx. 625,000, that's pretty bad. And the general population is decreasing. If you are thinking about moving to the Baltimore-Washington area- move near Washington. That is a far better area- because that area received better treatment, because it is an international city with lots of politically-influenced money. I would say Baltimore is a little friendlier than DC- but DC is so much nicer and more fun.
  • 5 -5
A Few Memorable Places in Baltimore

I lived in Baltimore as a child, and grew up in Ruxton, one of the suburbs on the outskirts of the city, and I have many pleasant memories of my visits downtown. I was a teen-ager during the Renaissance of the 70's and early 80's, so I got to see the evolution of the Inner Harbor. I was around twelve when the Science Center opened. Before that, the main attractions I can remember were the USS Constellation, the first U.S. Navy vessel, and the USS Torsk, a WWII submarine. I'd always thought the Torsk looked cool, because it had a shark's mouth painted on it.

If I remember correctly, the Science Center was the first addition made to the Inner Harbor. Then came Harborplace, which consists of two buildings full of shops and restaurants. One of these was Phillips Seafood, which served excellent crabs. (I don't remember if it's still there. It's been awhile since I've visited.)

The National Aquarium, which opened around the time I graduated from high school, can be described as "expensive but worth it." It has a mix of permanent and temporary exhibits. The permanent exhibits include a dolphin show, an Australian exhibit, and sharks. The temporary exhibits have included such surprisingly cool creatures as jellyfish and seadragons, which are related to seahorses.

Baltimore has many restaurants, both in and out the of Inner Harbor. I used to like having breakfast at Captain James Landing, a seafood restaurant that serves all three meals. As I recall, they made very good pancakes. The restaurant's building design can best be described as "idiosyncratic," as it was constructed and painted to look like a docked ship. That design got it a mention in the book Weird Maryland by Matt Lake.
  • 3 0
Baltimore the worst place to live

I have lived here my whole life and have seen Baltimore go from a nice city to the worst city to live in. You may have the inner harbor area, Little Italy and a few other places but if you venture out in other areas(the hood) it is worth your life.
Baltimore is a dirty, poor, gang ridden city, corrupted politicans, no jobs. Some areas look like 3rd war country and drugs are on every corner.
Even the inner harbor has gotten worse. I would not recommend anyone move here. I am getting out soon and never going to look back at this town again.
  • 0 -4
Busniess in Baltimore

Although Maryland has high taxes, Baltimore is a great place to conduct business. The business community here in Baltimore is supportive of each other. Baltimoreans coexist like no others city. Regardless of religion, political view, race, gender, income, and education level everyone appears to get along well and are polite and respectful. The culture here in Baltimore is best described as majestic, the vibe and energy is second to none. Maryland Schools System is always ranked in the top 3 of the nation (high taxes at work). The Baltimore metropolitan area is a true model for the nation. I would greatly recommend businesses and families consider Baltimore for its home.
  • 1 -2
How Baltimore Grew on Me

I have lived in Baltimore for the last five years of my life. At first, I was not too thrilled about living here. I had moved to Baltimore from New York City, and found Baltimore to be pretty pale in comparison. However, as time went on, I began to see an upside to the new city that I was living in.

The Inner Harbor Pier is a fun place to walk around with friends and family during the weekends. There is a shopping mall right at the pier, and lots of dining options as well. I am particularly fond of Ruth's Christ Steakhouse since they make the best filet mignon that I have ever tasted.

Another thing that I enjoy about going to the Inner Harbor Pier is visiting the city's main attractions. The National Aquarium in Baltimore has many different sea creatures for me to be dazzled by. Plus there is a cool dolphin show that is definitely not to be missed.

The other main attraction in Baltimore is the Maryland Science Center. The place is full of great exhibits that are well-fitted for both children and adults. One of the major highlights of the Maryland Science Center is the daily live shows in the planetarium. Also, there is an IMAX theatre that offers many different science-related films.

In Baltimore, the weather can vary greatly day-by-day. It can be freezing one day, then nice and sunny the next. I am not too thrilled about that since it makes it hard to get used to weather. But other than that, Baltimore is a pretty nice place to live.
  • 1 0
Baltimore - Orioles, Golf and Much More!

My brother lives in Baltimore and I visit him there frequently. It is a trip I enjoy making, because there are so many fun things to do there. My brother is an Orioles fan; so naturally, we end up attending a lot of baseball games. One of the great things about visiting Oriole Park is that it is really close to a lot of unique Baltimore restaurants on the Inner Harbor. My favorite place to eat is Mo's Fisherman's Wharf, which is funny because I'm not really a big sea food person. But I love the crab cakes and salmon that they serve. My brother usually goes for the lobster. There are many other great restaurants in Baltimore that we also visited in the downtown area.

My other favorite pastime in Baltimore is golfing. I am by no means a talented golfer, but my brother and his wife are, so when I visit, I usually end up making a fool of myself at one of Baltimore's many golf courses. We usually visit Rocky Point or Diamond Ridge. No matter what we end up doing, I always end up having a good time when I visit the city of Baltimore.
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Source: The Baltimore, MD data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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