Best Places to Live

Baltimore, MD

Population: 622,454
LIV
SCORE
599
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Why be less when you can B-MORE? Located less than an hour northeast of our nation's capital, the historic port city of Baltimore is a bustling hub of industry and culture.

The city is made up of numerous neighborhoods with their own distinct souls. From the funky streets of Hampden – that are literally straight out of local filmmaker John Waters’ Hairspray – to the worn cobblestone streets of Fells Point, Baltimore is jam-packed with charm.

The arts flourish in this vibrant city, which has been home to notable characters like Edgar Allen Poe, Ogden Nash and Billie Holiday. This is one reason Baltimore receives such high marks for amenities. Music lovers can sway to the beat at a waterfront concert in the Inner Harbor while art aficionados can stroll through numerous art galleries and museums. Other attractions include the world-renowned National Aquarium and the Baltimore Zoo.

Local Obsession: Let’s go O’s! The Baltimore Orioles are lovable underdogs and Camden Yards is a world-class stadium where greats like Babe Ruth made history.

Climate Described in 6 Words Or Less: It’s a bit moist...

Top Industries: Baltimore is making a name for itself in the tech world. Forbes ranked it #4 on a list of “new tech hot spots” in the U.S.

Local Dream Job: A taste-tester at the McCormick spice company. Bonus: you’ll always go home smelling amazing.

Quintessential Meal: Do you even live in Baltimore if you haven’t attended a crab feast? A steaming pile of crabs dumped onto a newspaper-covered table is enough to make any local swoon.

Favorite Weekend Activity: Go for a run at Federal Hill Park and take in the bird’s-eye view of the city. Then zip across the Inner Harbor on the water taxi to peruse the Fells Point Second Sunday Antique Market.

After-Work Meetup Spot: Celebrate happy hour at Brewer’s Art and expand your palate with one of the most adventurous beer menus in Baltimore. Enjoy the cozy atmosphere and architectural details, and be sure to check out their dungeon-like basement for the full experience.

Best Local Beer: National Bohemian – affectionately known as Natty Boh – has been the easy-drinking beer of choice for Baltimoreans since 1885. Perfect for staying cool while cheering on the O’s or Ravens.  

Beloved Bookstore: The Ivy Bookshop is a local institution with a devoted client base. Stop buy for the latest best seller or listen to a reading at one of their many author events.

Free Way to Have Fun: Appreciating some of history's most acclaimed artists costs nothing at the Walters Art Gallery or Baltimore Museum of the Arts.

Truly Hidden Gem: Located on the second floor of a historic Baltimore townhouse, An Die Musik is an intimate music venue featuring, jazz, classical and world music.

- Hannah Hill

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“Baltimore is convenient to other major cities and the beach. There is access to good medical care, great food, art, history and architecture. It’s a great place to live."

Katharine Patterson
Baltimore resident

Baltimore, MD Ranking Data

Civic
48
Demographics
58
Economy
70
Education
48
Health
44
Housing
64
Infrastructure
71