Baltimore – it’s about more than steamed crabs and Old Bay seasoning. This harbor city boasts a convenient location between Washington D.C. and Philadelphia. Working hard to shake a bad reputation, Baltimore (aka Charm City) has experienced a renaissance of sorts in recent years, with a thriving arts community and food scene. History buffs will feel right at home in Baltimore, the birthplace of our country’s national anthem.
Baltimore is a pretty family-oriented city in terms of population: Sixty-one percent of residents are married and the same percentage of people are homeowners. The median age in the city is 38 and the median household income is $49,310. If you’re looking to buy in Baltimore, check out the neighborhoods of Hampden, Mt. Washington and Mount Pleasant. Renters should head to Downtown, Inner Harbor and Canton.
But wherever you choose to live, many of the small city’s neighborhoods offer a lively atmosphere for young people. For a fun and unique nightlife scene, head to the “hipster” neighborhood of Hampden, where you’ll find artist studios, wine bars, trendy restaurants, boutiques and cafes along “the Avenue.”
As expected, seafood lovers can’t go wrong in Baltimore, where you can get famous Maryland crabs and more at many of the city’s restaurants, including historic Lexington Market. Beer drinkers should grab a National Bohemian beer (Nattyy Boh), Baltimore’s iconic brew. For those with a sweet tooth, the Ace of Cakes chef’s original store is in town. There’s also plenty of live music at places like the harborfront Pier Six Pavilion, which hosts big-name acts during the summer.
Basically, there’s a lot going on these days in this often-overlooked gem of a city.