Ranked in the 18th percentile


  • Baltimore is ranked #372 in Maryland
  • Baltimore is ranked #23,843 in the USA
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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
Upper Northwood, Baltimore654.320,729

Best Cities Near Baltimore, MD

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Naval Academy, MD8322.86,040
Merrifield, VA8244.917,000
Friendship Heights Village, MD8234.74,730
Arlington, VA8139.2226,092
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Idylwood, VA8142.618,921
Upper Marlboro, MD8134.2694
Pimmit Hills, VA8041.56,511
Pennville, PA7939.31,818
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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.
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What kind of Food is Served at Camden Yards in Baltimore? As part of my quest to visit every MLB ballpark over the next couple years, Camden Yards is high on my list because I've heard such good things about the food. Is the food at Camden Yards really that good? What makes it different that the food at any other ballpark? I've heard that they have some sort of pretzel hot dog?!?!? Is that true?
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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).