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Living in Baltimore

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‘Charm City’

Historic, proud, friendly and quirky, Baltimore is a small town disguised as a major American city. The largest city in Maryland with a metropolitan population of 2.5 million, Baltimore sits on the shores of the Patapsco River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay and is just a 40-minute car ride from our nation’s capital and a quick hop of the train from Philadelphia and New York. Despite its considerable size, Baltimore earns its nickname from the mosaic of diverse neighborhoods that make it up, each with its own spin on the city’s distinctive culture and noteworthy local dialect. The city’s blue collar, down-to-earth reputation belies its significance as an East Coast economic hub and a leading center for science and technology, of which Johns Hopkins is proud to be a part.

Recognized worldwide as a model for urban development, the city’s neighborhood revitalization efforts have turned the Inner Harbor into a modern American landmark, housing the iconic National Aquarium on one end and the Camden Yards sports complex on the other, the prototype of the neo-retro downtown stadium movement. The seamless mix of old and new is a consistent theme in Baltimore, evident in its architecturally significant buildings and among the people who inhabit them. Here, tradition is respected and innovation valued, which is just one of the many reasons that Baltimore is the perfect home for Johns Hopkins.

Living Here

Compared to many of its larger East Coast neighbors, Baltimore is a very livable, affordable city. Its lower cost of living attracts young professionals from all over the region. Creative types too have seemingly moved here in droves, helping to generate a thriving arts and live music scene. In 2012, Baltimore ranked No. 14 on “America’s Coolest Cities” list by Forbes Magazine on factors like entertainment and recreational opportunities, local restaurants and bars per capita and diversity. The city boasts an array of world-class cultural attractions including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Peabody Conservatory of Music, The Walters Art Museum and The Baltimore Museum of Art, plus several repertory theaters, about a dozen other museums, historical attractions like Fort McHenry, where “The Star Spangled Banner” was written, The Maryland Science Center and the Baltimore Zoo.  Hometown pride is never more evident than at Orioles and Ravens games, and Baltimore has long been a hotbed for lacrosse, as evidenced by the historical success of our own Johns Hopkins Blue Jays. Culinary adventures await too. From the famous Maryland crabs to nationally acclaimed fine dining establishments to the wide variety of ethnic restaurants that populate the city’s neighborhoods, there is a food experience to suit all tastes, moods and budgets. 

Friendly people, great neighborhoods, excellent food, much to see and do. Charm City, indeed.