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Baltimore is an independent city.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after Lord Baltimore, founder of Maryland.

The latitude of Baltimore is 39.290N. The longitude is -76.612W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 33 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 628,670.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$30,078
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Baltimore demographic reports
Baltimore is on the Patapsco River, above Chesapeake Bay.
Former and merged names include:
· Jones-Town
Chartered as a tobacco port, it soon expanded to exporting grain, lumber and hides

The city declined dramatically in the first half of the 20th century. However, it has benefited from ambitious redevelopment projects around the harbor and in the neighborhoods

Public transportation: Maryland Transit Administration (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 11,183. The number of murders and homicides was 270. The violent crime rate was 17.3 per 1,000 people.
Local foods: soft-shelled crab, crab cakes
Filming location for:
· 1988 movie, "The Accidental Tourist"
· 1988 movie, "Hairspray"
· 2004 movie, "A Dirty Shame"
· 2006 movie, "Step Up"
· 2007 movie, "The Invasion"
Edgar Allan Poe wrote "The Raven" here
Census 2000 highlights: 17th largest city in the U.S., by population; among major American cities, ranked No. 6 in percentage black population (64.3%)
Well-known residents have included:
· Babe Ruth, baseball great
· Tom Clancy, writer
· Frank Zappa, musician
· Frederick Douglass, abolitionist and writer
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Baltimore Pow Wow - Aug. 24-26, 2007
  • Crab & Beer Festival - Sept. 15, 2007
  • Baltimore Book Festival - Sept. 28-30, 2007
  • Fall Apple Festival - Oct. 11, 2007
  • Czech & Slovak Festival - Oct. 21, 2007
  • Maryland Day Celebration - March 23, 2007
  • Charles Village Festival - June 2-3, 2007
  • HonFest - June 9, 2007
  • Saint Anthony Italian Festival - June 9-10, 2007
  • Russian Festival - Oct. 19-21, 2007
Dates often change. Check Baltimore web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Spotlighters Theatre, Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Centerstage, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Everyman Theatre, Performance Workshop Theatre
Nearby parks & recreation: Druid Hill Park, Patterson Park
Baltimore attractions: Baltimore Zoo, National Aquarium, Cylburn Arboretum
Sports teams: Orioles (AL), Ravens (NFL), Baltimore Mariners (American Indoor Football Association)
Historic sites and museums: Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore Civil War Museum, Baltimore Public Works Museum, USS Constellation, Baltimore Maritime Museum, Baltimore Museum of Industry, Port Discovery, Contemporary Museum, Mount Clare, Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture
Colleges and universities: Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, University of Baltimore, Loyola College, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Coppin State University
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 146
Quotes:
I like Baltimore - despite its slicked-up touristy waterfront it remains a seedy old port city, reformable only to a negligible degree.
-- Roads
Larry McMurtry
Songs:
· "Baltimore" (Randy Newman)
· "Good Morning Baltimore" (from "Hairspray")

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Neighborhoods in Baltimore include Ashburton, Bayview, Beechfield, Belair - Edison, Canton, Cedonia, Charles Village, Chinquapin Park - Belvedere, Clifton - Berea, Dickeyville ... More neighborhood info

Neighborhoods in Baltimore include Ashburton, Bayview, Beechfield, Belair - Edison, Canton, Cedonia, Charles Village, Chinquapin Park - Belvedere, Clifton - Berea, Dickeyville ... More neighborhood info

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Baltimore demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Baltimore City economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Baltimore area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 21216 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

8% of Baltimore residents report German ancestry, and 7% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Baltimore ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Baltimore was $16,978, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

19% of Baltimore residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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History

Historic districts in Baltimore include Bolton Hill Historic District, Butchers Hill Historic District, Canton Historic District, Charles Village-Abell Historic District, Federal Hill Historic District, Fells Point Historic District, Franklin Square Historic District, Market Center, Mount Vernon Place Historic District, Roland Park Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Baltimore, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $409.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $853.


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Libraries

Libraries in Baltimore include Arbutus Branch, Broadway Branch, Brooklyn Branch, Brooklyn Park Branch, Canton Branch, Catonsville Area Branch, Cherry Hill Branch, Clifton Branch, Edmondson Avenue Branch, Enoch Pratt Central ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Baltimore include Baltimore Guide - South Edition, Baltimore Guide - Southeast Edition, Baltimore Sun

TV stations in Baltimore include WBAL, WBFF, WJZ, WMAR, WMPB, WNUV, WUTB.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WEAA., WYPR.

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Politics

Baltimore City supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Baltimore political report.

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Restaurants

Baltimore restaurants taking online reservations include Aldo's, Babalu Grill, Black Olive, Blue Sea Grill, Bo Brooks, Boccaccio, Brass Elephant, Brasserie Tatin, Capital Grille - Baltimore, Charleston ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Baltimore workers is 31 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 72 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Baltimore between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.1 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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~ Roads
Larry McMurtry

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