85 Facts About Baltimore MD


Baltimore MD was designated an independent city by the Constitution of Maryland in 1851, and today is the most populous independent city in the United States.

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Battle of Baltimore MD was a pivotal engagement during the War of 1812, culminating in the failed British bombardment of Fort McHenry, during which Francis Scott Key wrote a poem that would become "The Star-Spangled Banner", which was eventually designated as the American national anthem in 1931.

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Baltimore MD has more public statues and monuments per capita than any other city in the country.

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Baltimore MD has 66 National Register Historic Districts and 33 local historic districts.

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Baltimore MD area had been inhabited by Native Americans since at least the 10th millennium BC, when Paleo-Indians first settled in the region.

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Baltimore MD Manor was the name of the estate in County Longford which the Calvert family, Barons Baltimore MD, owned in Ireland.

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Baltimore MD is an anglicization of the Irish name Baile an Ti Mhoir, meaning "town of the big house".

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The original county seat, known today as Old Baltimore MD, was located on Bush River within the present-day Aberdeen Proving Ground.

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Baltimore MD grew swiftly in the 18th century, its plantations producing grain and tobacco for sugar-producing colonies in the Caribbean.

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Since Baltimore MD was the county seat, a courthouse was built in 1768 to serve both the city and county.

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In 1774, Baltimore MD established the first post office system in what became the United States, and the first water company chartered in the newly independent nation .

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Baltimore MD acquired its moniker "The Monumental City" after an 1827 visit to Baltimore MD by President John Quincy Adams.

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Baltimore MD pioneered the use of gas lighting in 1816, and its population grew rapidly in the following decades, with concomitant development of culture and infrastructure.

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Baltimore MD had one of the worst riots of the antebellum South in 1835, when bad investments led to the Baltimore MD bank riot.

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Baltimore MD proposed to recognize majority white residential blocks and majority black residential blocks and to prevent people from moving into housing on such blocks where they would be a minority.

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Baltimore MD has had a high homicide rate for several decades, peaking in 1993, and again in 2015.

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Baltimore MD is in north-central Maryland on the Patapsco River close to where it empties into the Chesapeake Bay.

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Baltimore MD is almost surrounded by Baltimore MD County, but is politically independent of it.

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The Baltimore MD Basilica is a neoclassical design by Benjamin Latrobe, and one of the oldest Catholic cathedrals in the United States.

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Streets of Baltimore MD are organized in a grid and spoke pattern, lined with tens of thousands of brick and formstone-faced rowhouses.

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Formstone facings, once a common feature on Baltimore MD rowhouses, were an addition patented in 1937 by Albert Knight.

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Baltimore MD's newly rehabilitated Everyman Theatre was honored by the Baltimore MD Heritage at the 2013 Preservation Awards Celebration in 2013.

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Baltimore MD is officially divided into nine geographical regions: North, Northeast, East, Southeast, South, Southwest, West, Northwest, and Central, with each district patrolled by a respective Baltimore MD Police Department.

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Interstate 83 and Charles Street down to Hanover Street and Ritchie Highway serve as the east–west dividing line and Eastern Avenue to Route 40 as the north–south dividing line; however, Baltimore Street is north–south dividing line for the U S Postal Service.

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Central Baltimore MD, originally called the Middle District, stretches north of the Inner Harbor up to the edge of Druid Hill Park.

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Downtown Baltimore MD has mainly served as a commercial district with limited residential opportunities; however, between 2000 and 2010, the downtown population grew 130 percent as old commercial properties have been replaced by residential property.

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Southeast Baltimore MD, located below Fayette Street, bordering the Inner Harbor and the Northwest Branch of the Patapsco River to the west, the city line of 1919 on its eastern boundaries and the Patapsco River to the south, is a mixed industrial and residential area.

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Originally a predominantly German neighborhood, by the last half of the 19th century, Old West Baltimore MD was home to a substantial section of the city's black population.

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Notable neighborhoods in Southwest Baltimore MD include: Pigtown, Carrollton Ridge, Ridgely's Delight, Leakin Park, Violetville, Lakeland, and Morrell Park.

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Also through this segment of Baltimore MD ran the beginnings of the historic National Road, which was constructed beginning in 1806 along Old Frederick Road and continuing into the county on Frederick Road into Ellicott City, Maryland.

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City of Baltimore MD is bordered by the following communities, all unincorporated census-designated places.

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Baltimore MD has a humid subtropical climate in the Koppen climate classification, with long, hot summers, cool winters, and a summer peak to annual precipitation.

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The year between 2018 and 2019 had the largest year-to-year population loss, and in 2020 Baltimore MD lost more population than any other major city in the United States.

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Baltimore MD has a large Caribbean American population, with the largest groups being Jamaicans and Trinidadians.

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Housing in Baltimore MD is relatively inexpensive for large, coastal cities of its size.

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Crime in Baltimore MD, generally concentrated in areas high in poverty, has been extreme for many years.

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In 2011, Baltimore MD police reported 196 homicides, the lowest number in the city since 197 homicides in 1978 and far lower than the peak homicide count of 353 slayings in 1993.

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Around the turn of the 20th century, Baltimore MD was the leading US manufacturer of rye whiskey and straw hats.

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Downtown Baltimore MD is the primary economic asset within Baltimore MD City and the region with 29.

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Nonprofits based in Baltimore MD include Lutheran Services in America and Catholic Relief Services.

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Almost a quarter of the jobs in the Baltimore MD region were in science, technology, engineering and math as of mid 2013, in part attributed to the city's extensive undergraduate and graduate schools; maintenance and repair experts were included in this count.

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Baltimore MD is the home of the National Aquarium, one of the world's largest.

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Baltimore MD has a significant German American population, and was the second largest port of immigration to the United States, behind Ellis Island in New York and New Jersey.

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Baltimore MD has quite a history when it comes to making beer, an art that thrived in Baltimore MD from the 1800s to the 1950s with over 100 old breweries in the city's past.

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Baltimore MD is known for its Maryland blue crabs, crab cake, Old Bay Seasoning, pit beef, and the "chicken box".

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Baltimore MD is the last place in America where one can still find arabbers, vendors who sell fresh fruits and vegetables from a horse-drawn cart that goes up and down neighborhood streets.

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Baltimore MD has three state-designated arts and entertainment districts.

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Baltimore MD Symphony Orchestra is an internationally renowned orchestra, founded in 1916 as a publicly funded municipal organization.

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The Lyric Opera House is the home of Lyric Opera Baltimore MD, which operates there as part of the Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center.

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The Baltimore MD Consort has been a leading early music ensemble for over twenty-five years.

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Baltimore MD is home to the Pride of Baltimore MD Chorus, a three-time international silver medalist women's chorus, affiliated with Sweet Adelines International.

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Baltimore MD is the home of non-profit chamber music organization Vivre Musicale.

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In 1981, Baltimore MD hosted the first International Theater Festival, the first such festival in the country.

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Baltimore MD has a long and storied baseball history, including its distinction as the birthplace of Babe Ruth in 1895.

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The original 19th century Baltimore MD Orioles were one of the most successful early franchises, featuring numerous hall of famers during its years from 1882 to 1899.

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Team currently known as the Baltimore MD Orioles has represented Major League Baseball locally since 1954 when the St Louis Browns moved to the city of Baltimore MD.

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The first major league to base a team in Baltimore MD was the All-America Football Conference, which had a team named the Baltimore MD Colts.

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Baltimore MD hosted a Canadian Football League franchise, the Baltimore MD Stallions for the 1994 and 1995 seasons.

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Baltimore MD Blast are a professional arena soccer team that play in the Major Arena Soccer League at the SECU Arena on the campus of Towson University.

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FC Baltimore MD 1729 is a semi-professional soccer club playing for NPSL league, with the goal of bringing a community-oriented competitive soccer experience to the city of Baltimore MD.

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Baltimore MD Blues are a semi-professional rugby league club which began competition in the USA Rugby League in 2012.

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The marathon begins at the Camden Yards sports complex and travels through many diverse neighborhoods of Baltimore MD, including the scenic Inner Harbor waterfront area, historic Federal Hill, Fells Point, and Canton, Baltimore MD.

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Baltimore MD Brigade were an Arena Football League team based in Baltimore MD that from 2017 to 2019 played at Royal Farms Arena.

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Baltimore MD is an independent city, and not part of any county.

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Baltimore MD has been a Democratic stronghold for over 150 years, with Democrats dominating every level of government.

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Law enforcement on the fleet of transit buses and transit rail systems serving Baltimore MD is the responsibility of the Maryland Transit Administration Police, which is part of the Maryland Transit Administration of the state Department of Transportation.

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Since the legislative redistricting in 2002, Baltimore MD has had six legislative districts located entirely within its boundaries, giving the city six seats in the 47-member Maryland Senate and 18 in the 141-member Maryland House of Delegates.

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Baltimore MD is one of three people in the last four decades to have represented the 3rd District before being elected to the United States Senate.

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Baltimore MD is the home of numerous places of higher learning, both public and private.

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City of Baltimore MD has a higher-than-average percentage of households without a car.

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The first limited-access highway serving Baltimore MD was the Baltimore MD–Washington Parkway, which opened in stages between 1950 and 1954.

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Maintenance of it is split: the half closest to Baltimore MD is maintained by the state of Maryland, and the half closest to Washington by the National Park Service.

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Public transit in Baltimore MD is mostly provided by the Maryland Transit Administration and Charm City Circulator.

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Baltimore MD is a top destination for Amtrak along the Northeast Corridor.

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Baltimore MD is served by two airports, both operated by the Maryland Aviation Administration, which is part of the Maryland Department of Transportation.

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Baltimore MD is served by Martin State Airport, a general aviation facility, to the northeast in Baltimore MD County.

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Baltimore MD has a comprehensive system of bicycle routes in the city.

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Alongside bike lanes, Baltimore MD has built bike boulevards, starting with Guilford Avenue in 2012.

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Baltimore MD currently has three major trail systems within the city.

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The Port of Baltimore is one of two seaports on the U S East Coast with a 50-foot dredge to accommodate the largest shipping vessels.

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The Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore MD took steps to remediate the waterways, in hopes that the harbor would be fishable and swimmable .

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Baltimore MD has two water wheel trash interceptors for removing garbage in area waterways.

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The Baltimore MD Sun was sold by its Baltimore MD owners in 1986 to the Times Mirror Company, which was bought by the Tribune Company in 2000.

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Baltimore MD is served by low-power station WMJF-CD 39, which transmits from the campus of Towson University.

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Baltimore MD has ten sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International:.

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