Affordability and a diverse housing market helped land Baltimore on the 2019 Livability.com list of the Top 100 Best Places to Live.
The region offers residents a wide range of housing options, from downtown lofts to single-family homes in historic neighborhoods and distinct communities – all with a sticker price much less than cities of similar size. The city’s quality-of-life amenities, including outdoor recreation, nightlife, retail and local cuisine, only add to the appeal, particularly for millennials and young families.
“We are the most affordable housing market in our metro region for home buyers,” says Annie Milli, executive director of Live Baltimore, an organization that promotes the benefits of living in Baltimore City.
“Our median home price last year was just around $150,000. We are a very affordable city and why that matters is ... a first-year teacher making approximately $50,000 can afford to buy a home on their own as a single person. Or a first-year police officer, who also makes around $50,000 a year, can afford to purchase a home as a single person. Affordability is a big deal, and it’s especially a big deal for young professionals.”