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Baltimore

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Baltimore is the biggest city in the state of Maryland, and it is the 26th biggest city in the United States. It is in the central part of the state, near the tidal part of the Pataspsco River, and it is a part of the Chesapeake Bay. The city itself is sometimes referred to as Baltimore City, to set it apart from Baltimore County, which surrounds it. Baltimore was created in 1729, and it is the second biggest seaport in the Mid-Atlantic U.S., and it is located closer to Midwestern markets than any other big seaport on the East Coast. The Inner Harbor in Baltimore was at one time the second biggest port of entry for United States immigrants and a big manufacturing center. After a downturn in manufacturing, Baltimore moved to a more service-oriented economy, with Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Hospital acting as the two main employers in the city.

The city has a population of roughly 621,000. The Baltimore Metropolitan Area has a population of approximately 2.7 million, the 20th biggest in the U.S. Baltimore is also a major city in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, with roughly 8.4 million residents.

Baltimore has hundreds of separate districts, and it has been called a “city of neighborhoods”. Its nickname is Charm City. The city has a historical importance because of notable residents and writers like Edgar Allan Poe, H.L. Mencken, James “Eubie” Blake, musician Billie Holiday, as well as the city having played a role in the War of 1812 and the writing of the “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key. All of these have played a role in the city’s historical importance.

Almost 25% of the jobs in the Baltimore region are in math, engineering, technology, and science positions. The Baltimore area has a strong reputation for science and health, which is partially attributed to the Johns Hopkins University school system, as well as other notable schools like Loyola University, University of Baltimore, and Notre Dame.

Economy

 

Baltimore used to be just another industrial city, and its economy was focused on transportation, car manufacturing, shipping, and the processing of steel. However, the city went through a period of de-industrialization that hurt the local economy. Residents lost tons of low-skill, high-paying jobs. The city now has more of a service-oriented economy, and it accounts for almost nine out of ten jobs in the city.

Baltimore has a pretty high unemployment rate. It was around 11% in 2012, and it was much higher than the national average of 7-8%. The 2012 closure of a big steel plant had another detrimental effect on unemployment in the city. Nearly 25% of Baltimore residents live in abject poverty.

The city is the sight of Johns Hopkins Hospital. Other big companies based out of Baltimore include T. Rowe Price, Cordish Company, Legg Mason, and Under Armour. There is a sugar refinery that’s a major cultural icon in the city. There are a few major nonprofits based in Baltimore like Catholic Relief services and Lutheran Services in America.

Tourism

Baltimore has attractions and a history that has turned the city into a major tourist destination on the Eastern seaboard. The city had an influx of over 20 million people in downtown Baltimore alone in 2012, and they spent over four billion dollars. The majority of the tourism in the city is focused around the Inner Harbor, and the National Aquarium is a major tourist destination in Baltimore.

Some of the other major tourist destinations throughout Baltimore include the Walters Art Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Industry, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and Fort McHenry.

Culture

Baltimore was at first a working-class port town, and it has sometimes been called the “city of neighborhoods”. It has more than 70 historic districts, and the traditional occupants were unique ethnic groups. Most of the notable districts today include the three major downtown areas: the Inner Harbor, Fells Point, and Little Italy. Inner Harbor sees the most tourism because of its museums, shops, and hotels. Fells Point used to be a favorite spot for sailors to get their entertainment. Little Italy is where the Italian-American community of Baltimore is based. This is actually where Nancy Pelosi, the former U.S. House Speaker, grew up. If you’re in Baltimore, you have to further inland to Mount Vernon, which is a historical and cultural center of Baltimore. It is also the site of a Washington Monument, set up on a hill in an urban square in the city. It was set up several decades before the more famous Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. Baltimore has a big German-American population, as well. What most people aren’t aware of is that Baltimore was the second biggest port of entry to the United States for immigrants, outside of New York.

Every year, there is an Artscape festival in the neighborhood of Bolton Hill. The Bolton Hill-area art festival is close to the Maryland Institute College of Art. Artscape refers to itself as the biggest free arts festival in the United States. If you’re in Baltimore in May, check out the Maryland Film Festival. The Maryland Film Festival has the Charles Theatre as its official venue.

Have you ever wondered where the nickname “Charm City” came from? Actually, the name “Charm City” comes from a meeting of advertisers that wanted to improve the reputation of the city.

Baltimore did a major renovation and restoration of its harbor with many historic ships and different attractions on display that are open for the public to come in and tour around. The last vessel afloat from the Civil War is on display there, as well as a submarine that holds the U.S Navy record for dives. You can also get a look at the last surviving warship that was in Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked it.

Local Dialect

The people of Baltimore have a unique dialect. One of the first things that tourists notice is the unique dialect and the way that some local people call their city “Balmer”, losing “t” altogether.

Performing Arts

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is recognized around the world. It was set up in 1916 as a publicly funded organization of the municipality. The main theater company in the city is called Center Stage. If you love the performing arts, you should check the Lyric Opera House, the Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center, and the Baltimore Consort.

Baltimore has a number of professional theater groups. Outside of Center Stage, there is the Baltimore Theatre Festival, Single Carrot Theatre, and Everyman Theatre.

Baltimore is also home to the Pride of Baltimore Chorus, a women’s chorus that has won multiple awards.

The oldest conservatory of music in the United States, the Peabody Institute, is also in Baltimore. It is one of the most prestigious music conservatories in the world, along with the Curtis Institute, Eastman, and Juilliard.

Fun Things To Do In Baltimore

The Baltimore area has a lot of sights and attractions that are perfect for the budget-conscious traveler.

Sandy Point State Park: You can have a great beach experience without spending a whole lot at Sandy Point State Park. It offers nearly 800 acres that spans the Chesapeake Bay. Plus, it is the site of the yearly Polar Bear Plunge. You might have seen Jimmy Fallon on TV taking the plunge. Boy, did he look cold! You might want to rethink taking the plunge if you’re sensitive to the cold or extremely cold water. The Polar Bear Plunge raises money for the Special Olympics in Maryland, so all the money goes to a good cause. At least, you’ll be making a difference – even if you do freeze your butt off! For between $3 and $7 per person, you get access to the beaches and park. You can sunbathe and swim, go crabbing or fishing, picnic, walk along the trails, go camping, or even rent a boat and take it out with your significant other. There’s nothing more romantic than strumming a love song on your guitar while you’re on the water with your girlfriend. Be sure that you set aside a whole day for the trip, because you want to get the most out of the park. That’s a lot of fun for just $7.

Spirit of Baltimore: Get a truly magical view of the city, out o the water. Take visiting friends or family along when you go to cruise along the historic waterfront of the Inner Harbor. Take a dinner cruise on the Spirit of Baltimore. You’ll never forget it. There is a huge buffet with entertainment from a DJ and singing staff, so you will be able to show off your moves on the dance floor if you really want to. Take along a date, and you’ll have a really great time. What could be better than a little dining and dancing out on a cruise boat? Plus, when you’re done eating and dancing, you’ll be able to hold hands and look out on the water. If you need a little fresh air from all that romance below deck, you can go up on the deck and get some fresh air. You can get a truly spectacular view from the deck.

Six Flags: Check out Six Flags America. Yell at the top of your lungs when you’re on a roller coaster or thrill ride. Go into the cool world in the Gotham City area, and take a 200-foot plunge on the Superman rollercoaster. The Batwing rollercoaster ahs seats that tilt back so that you almost feel like you’re flying. You can also check out the older classics, like the spinning teacups, bumper cars, and carousel.

Power Plant Live!: Power Plant Live! is a non-stop party scene that gives you a wide range of entertainment and dining options. You have your pick of tequila bars, beer gardens, nightclubs, and restaurants. You can sing along with the pianist at the piano bar inside Howl at the Moon and you can get your laugh on at the Comedy Factory. You can also party down at the Hard Rock Café. If you want to catch a truly fun event, check out the Mardi Gras festival on March 1st. There are concerts held by several musicians throughout the year, as well.

About Faces Day Spa: You should treat yourself to a day at the About Faces Day Spa. Whether you need a haircut, pedicure, manicure, facial, or massage, this place can help you out. You can get a spectacular view of the harbor while you’re there. Enjoy the relaxation room, rest in the comfortable lounge chairs, snuggle up in the blankets, and have some snacks. If you’ve just traveled to Baltimore, and you need a little break, this is the perfect place to set yourself right after that long flight.

Check Out the Most Inspiring Art Museum in the World: The American Visionary Art Museum calls Baltimore its home, and it showcases some amazing artists that are outside of the mainstream. Take your whole family to the museum for an unforgettable experience seeing some truly unique artwork.

Parks and Recreation: The city of Baltimore has almost 5,000 acres devoted to parkland. Patterson Park, Druid Hill Park, and Federal Hill Park are some of the more well-known parks. Baltimore is consistently rated as having an excellent park system.

One of the awesome things about Baltimore is that it doesn’t go with the rest of the herd. It just doesn’t have an interest in it. It has an odd culture and unique look that’s distinctly Baltimorean. It moves at its own pace, out of step with the rest of the bustling cities.

You’re so close to Washington, D.C., Manhattan, and other fast-paced cities when you’re in Baltimore, but Baltimore doesn’t feel anything like those cities. It’s got a feel that you’ve got to experience for yourself to truly believe. If you’ve ever been to Manhattan or Washington, D.C., and you afterward visit Baltimore, you’ll be amazed at the stark contrast between them.

Country United States
International title Baltimore
Population 620,961 people
Timezone America/New_York
State Maryland
Geographic coordinates Latitude: 39.29038 x Longitude: -76.61219

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