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Living in Baltimore

Baltimore, a modern harbor city with American Revolution roots, is a success story in revitalization. The former steel town now has high tech and medicine, including the world renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital. Extensive transit connects the city to the airport and Washington DC.

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is where many of the tourist attractions are; Little Italy is one of the country’s largest Italian enclaves. Each neighborhood has character and local pride. Long term residents share their communities with new to town creatives, making the city an interesting and diverse place to live.

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Walk Score of Baltimore, MD

Baltimore is Somewhat Walkable

Some errands can be accomplished on foot.

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Cat's Eye Pub

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Baltimore Farmers Market & Bazaar

Baltimore is the 11th most walkable large city in the US with 620,961 residents.

Baltimore has good public transportation and is somewhat bikeable.

Find apartments in Baltimore's most walkable neighborhoods: Mount Vernon, Downtown and University of MD at Baltimore.

Baltimore Apartments for Rent

Baltimore Neighborhoods

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Population

1 Mount Vernon 98 88 82 3,156
2 Downtown 98 91 76 6,138
3 University of MD at Baltimore 97 91 68 635
4 Fells Point 96 67 80 5,289
5 Little Italy 95 80 80 1,305
6 Upper Fells Point 95 66 75 4,350
7 Mid-Town Belvedere 94 83 86 3,841
8 Federal Hill - Montgomery 94 75 76 1,997
9 Seton Hill 94 88 62 985
10 Abell 93 58 78 1,001
11 Dunbar 93 73 68 857
12 Charles North 93 75 89 1,413
13 Otterbein 92 86 88 1,349
14 Washington Hill 92 78 74 513
15 Sharp Leadenhall 92 76 86 1,337
16 Jonestown 92 84 79 1,379
17 Middle East 92 72 64 2,351
18 Brewer's Hill 92 59 80 2,637
19 Hollins Park 91 77 61 2,092
20 Oakenshawe 91 56 74 3,524
21 Charles Village 91 61 85 6,164
22 Milton - Montford 91 68 58 1,068
23 McElderry Park 91 67 61 2,284
24 Harwood 91 64 76 1,490
25 Ridgely's Delight 91 86 73 1,007
26 Douglas Homes 91 79 62 1,188
27 Barclay 91 70 80 2,180
28 Hudson - Highlandtown 90 59 64 1,513
29 Butchers Hill 90 66 74 1,483
30 SBIC - West Federal Hill 90 60 70 3,981
31 Penn - Fallsway 90 84 81 6,323
32 Union Square 90 67 58 841
33 Washington Village 90 70 72 5,236
34 Canton 90 57 77 11,327
35 Patterson Place 89 66 69 804
36 Johns-Hopkins - Homewood 89 55 74 935
37 West Pratt 89 66 50 729
38 Pratt Monroe 89 62 65 3,556
39 Gay Street 89 78 59 2,517
40 Penn North 88 71 60 1,856
41 Druid Heights 88 71 53 1,402
42 Baltimore Highlands 88 56 68 2,723
43 Pleasant View Gardens 88 84 81 759
44 Oldtown 88 81 68 2,272
45 Patterson Park 88 60 77 6,637
46 Better Waverly 87 60 65 2,238
47 Madison Park 87 77 59 2,320
48 McCulloh Homes 87 83 54 1,756
49 Booth-Boyd 87 65 43 827
50 Riverside 87 59 57 6,294
51 Bentalou - Smallwood 86 56 67 2,147
52 Hampden 86 53 70 7,244
53 Poppleton 86 78 54 2,360
54 Lexington Terrace 85 83 53 589
55 Greenmount West 85 79 81 1,466
56 Woodbrook 85 72 64 1,913
57 Upton 85 76 49 3,689
58 Elwood Park 85 59 60 4,892
59 Madison - Eastend 85 63 55 2,806
60 Sandtown-Winchester 85 71 50 8,607
61 Johnson Square 85 78 68 1,850
62 Wyman Park 84 49 67 2,461
63 Bolton Hill 83 77 71 5,221
64 East Baltimore Midway 83 66 56 3,039
65 Arlington 83 62 50 2,610
66 Remington 83 62 88 2,527
67 Langston Hughes 83 62 50 1,270
68 Mondawmin 82 71 50 3,469
69 Franklin Square 82 68 49 2,592
70 Heritage Crossing 82 84 52 922
71 Pimlico 82 55 50 1,110
72 Easterwood 82 69 50 1,505
73 Lexington 81 66 44 2,930
74 Shipley Hill 81 61 59 2,094
75 Oliver 81 71 55 4,127
76 Hoes Heights 81 58 61 1,071
77 Waverly 80 57 59 2,772
78 Biddle Street 80 61 54 1,283
79 Broadway East 79 63 55 5,161
80 Fifteenth Street 79 57 50 2,466
81 Western District 78 65 52 1,770
82 Mid-Govans 78 50 48 2,014
83 Harlem Park 78 73 46 3,392
84 Darley Park 77 60 51 1,171
85 Woodbourne - McCabe 77 50 56 1,340
86 Woodmere 75 66 50 2,077
87 Midtown Edmondson 75 70 47 1,877
88 Reservoir Hill 75 69 70 6,121
89 Central Park Heights 74 58 50 5,726
90 Evergreen Lawn 74 67 44 1,130
91 South Clifton Park 74 60 51 766
92 Lake Evesham 74 48 51 548
93 Mill Hill 74 48 81 1,919
94 Greektown 73 57 47 999
95 Coppin Heights 73 66 48 2,800
96 Lucille Park 73 61 50 907
97 Belair - Edison 73 50 55 14,001
98 Chinquapin Park - Belvedere 72 50 38 1,998
99 Liberty Square 72 73 56 767
100 Joseph Lee 72 57 47 1,984
101 Walbrook 72 63 43 2,474
102 Fallstaff 71 55 49 4,482
103 Winston - Govans 71 49 50 967
104 Westfield 70 45 48 2,574
105 Risterstown Station 70 56 48 1,972
106 Panway - Braddish 70 69 44 1,111
107 Brooklyn 70 46 45 7,732
108 Mosher 70 62 50 2,033
109 Keswick 70 52 70 1,102
110 Tuscany - Cantebury 70 53 74 3,971
111 Berea 69 57 45 3,922
112 Towanda Park 69 60 45 839
113 4X4 69 56 42 1,653
114 Franklintown Road 69 59 61 1,667
115 Waltherson 69 47 44 6,238
116 Roland Park 68 54 54 2,269
117 Callaway - Garrison 68 60 52 3,524
118 Medfield 68 62 54 2,740
119 Northwest Community 68 59 41 1,942
120 Cedarcroft 67 47 53 589
121 Burleith - Leighton 67 72 39 734
122 Radnor - Winston 66 47 57 923
123 Richnor Springs 66 50 48 1,066
124 Coldstream - Homestead - Montebello 66 60 47 6,480
125 North Harford Road 65 41 43 5,232
126 Gwynns Falls 65 46 52 1,167
127 Overlea 65 41 38 666
128 West Arlington 65 63 47 2,065
129 Lake Walker 65 48 38 1,898
130 Wyndhurst 65 49 52 717
131 Levindale 64 49 48 1,248
132 Lakeland 64 53 40 4,488
133 Woodring 64 41 44 2,621
134 Christopher 64 51 44 1,128
135 Cylburn 63 54 44 2,349
136 Glen 63 53 47 8,620
137 Central Forest Park 63 48 48 1,296
138 Dorchester 63 54 48 1,657
139 Locust Point 63 36 48 2,835
140 Mount Holly 63 56 36 1,169
141 Cedmont 63 42 43 2,558
142 Keniworth Park 63 53 50 1,575
143 Broening 63 42 47 1,700
144 Bridgeview-Greenlawn 62 66 45 2,008
145 Guilford 62 53 64 2,203
146 Rognel Heights 62 49 50 1,625
147 Frankford 62 48 43 18,056
148 Rosemont 62 56 51 3,089
149 Homeland 62 48 54 3,187
150 Beverly Hills 62 45 51 752
151 Ramblewood 62 51 41 1,706
152 Harford - Echodale - Perring Parkway 62 52 40 8,510
153 Winchester 61 59 52 1,157
154 Cameron Village 61 53 40 1,353
155 Forest Park 61 53 53 1,563
156 Lauraville 61 45 40 3,997
157 Saint Joseph's 61 52 47 2,418
158 Graceland Park 60 44 49 2,172
159 Edgecomb 60 60 41 2,062
160 Garwyn Oaks 59 56 42 2,268
161 Glen Oaks 59 50 38 2,913
162 Parkside 59 49 65 3,023
163 Woodbourne Heights 59 54 39 1,948
164 Glenham - Bedford 59 46 39 6,165
165 Stonewood - Penwood - Winston 59 51 64 1,988
166 Greenspring 59 60 45 3,385
167 Allendale 58 54 47 2,023
168 East Arlington 58 61 44 4,414
169 Moravia - Walther 58 47 43 952
170 West Mulbery 58 52 37 1,541
171 Herring Run Park 58 50 60 1,410
172 New Northwood 58 54 53 3,504
173 O'Donnell Heights 58 44 51 1,225
174 Carroll South 57 53 43 1,225
175 Ashburton 57 58 53 1,112
176 Hanlon Longwood 57 63 43 1,155
177 Wilson Park 57 52 45 759
178 Original Northwood 56 53 44 2,148
179 Saint Agnes 56 43 37 669
180 Howard Park 56 46 43 5,632
181 Ednor Gardens - Lakeside 56 58 47 5,757
182 Mid-Charles 56 45 45 4,099
183 Irvington 55 47 38 4,266
184 Curtis Bay 54 40 37 3,963
185 Moores Run Park 54 46 40 760
186 Medford 53 45 46 854
187 Cedonia 53 42 37 3,648
188 Morrell Park 53 43 39 4,724
189 Hillen 53 51 56 1,233
190 Hunting Ridge 53 49 50 1,137
191 Edmondson 52 50 40 6,231
192 Wilson Heights 52 47 43 866
193 Mayfield - Montebello 52 55 52 1,818
194 Pen Lucy 52 54 43 3,079
195 Loch Raven 51 50 36 6,592
196 Cherry Hill 51 60 43 8,291
197 Cross Keys 50 52 30 878
198 West Hills 50 47 40 1,969
199 Chinquapin Run Park 50 54 45 1,087
200 Arcadia 48 47 51 1,113
201 Woodberry 47 61 50 1,433
202 Idlewood 46 46 34 2,681
203 Gwynns Falls Park 46 50 40 529
204 Park Circle 46 59 33 3,272
205 Westport Homes 45 56 35 562
206 Morgan State University 45 49 51 1,726
207 Cross Country 45 49 40 4,599
208 Uplands 44 51 33 629
209 Grove Park 44 55 35 1,928
210 Claremont - Freedom 44 46 33 780
211 Violetville 44 40 34 2,713
212 Tremont 44 47 29 946
213 West Forest Park 44 44 29 3,548
214 Bellona - Gittings 43 44 54 543
215 Mount Winans 43 53 38 751
216 New North Roland Park - Poplar Hill 43 51 34 1,397
217 Armistead Gardens 42 41 34 3,137
218 Cold Spring 42 58 41 989
219 Mount Pleasant Park 41 51 27 565
220 Windsor Hills 41 47 29 1,533
221 Ten Hills 40 50 24 1,047
222 Perring Loch 38 49 31 2,121
223 Westgate 37 47 30 2,361
224 Westport 36 59 40 1,044
225 Cheswolde 34 35 30 7,294
226 Yale Heights 33 40 32 2,448
227 Mt. Washington 31 48 21 3,787
228 Hillsdale Park 31 39 24 1,278
229 Franklintown 27 40 45 993
230 Beechfield 23 39 25 3,566
231 Leakin Park 19 40 33 522
232 Wakefield 17 34 35 1,780

Average Home Features

According to HomeAdvisor Data, these characteristics make up the average home in Baltimore

Average square footage 2100
Homeowners have 3.3 bedrooms
Homeowners have 2.4 bathrooms
Age of home 43 years
Average time living in home 12 years

Check out HomeAdvisor’s Baltimore Home Happiness Survey.

Eating & Drinking

There are about 2,266 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Baltimore.

People in Baltimore can walk to an average of 4 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in 5 minutes.

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The Point In Fells

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Inner Harbor

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thumbnail for Howard P. Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic GardensA great place to visit if you like plants. The conservatory is in Druid Hill Park and is on the Jones Falls Trail.

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on Howard P. Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens

Transit Score of Baltimore, MD

Baltimore has Good Transit

Many nearby public transportation options. Find Baltimore apartments for rent near public transit.

Public Transit Routes

Baltimore has good public transportation and about 69 bus, 2 rail, 1 subway and 1 light rail lines.

Transit Time

The map above shows how far you can travel in 30 minutes from Baltimore on public transit.

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Baltimore has about 63 car shares from RelayRides, Zipcar and Hertz On Demand.

Neighborhood Guides

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The Point In Fells

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Robert McClintock Studio & Gallery

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Baltimore Farmers Market & Bazaar

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Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum

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One-Eyed Mike's

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City Cafe

Bike Score of Baltimore, MD

Baltimore is Bikeable

Some bike infrastructure.

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Crime in Baltimore

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Each year in Baltimore, 27 violent crimes and 52 property crimes occur per 1,000 people.

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What's It Like to Live in Baltimore?

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Penn Station

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City Hall

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University of Baltimore Business Center

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Assembly Building at Clipper Mill

Overview

At about 45 minutes by rail from Washington DC, Baltimore has become an attractive choice for those working in the nation’s capitol. It’s not just a DC suburb, Baltimore is very much its own city. Baltimore played an important role in the American Revolution – the harbor town has been an important trade hub since the 1700s. That makes it a city with rich character – it was once home to writer Edgar Allen Poe and singer Billie Holiday. The urban renewal of the late 70s brought new attractions – stadiums, museums, and office buildings to the Inner Harbor; it’s now home to financial services company T. Rowe Price and hardware giant Black and Decker.

Located on the Chesapeake Bay, the city has a four season climate, with some snow in the winters – more inland – and those East coast muggy summers. There are lots of historic buildings, work by famous architects from colonial to post modern make up the varied skyline, and there are thousands of row houses. Oriole Park in Camden Yard, home to the Baltimore Orioles, is highly praised for its aesthetics. There are nearly 5000 acres of parks and green space in Baltimore, including the historic Fort McHenry, where American forces defended Baltimore Harbor from the British navy.

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Lexington Market

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University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Getting Around

Baltimore to DC commuters take the MARC (Maryland Area Regional Commuter) train between the two cities. The Acela Express also runs down to DC – and north to Philadelphia. A number of bus lines that make the run including Greyhound, MTA (Maryland Transit Authority), and Megabus.

The MTA operates light rail that serves BWI Marshall Airport. A subway line runs between Johns Hopkins Hospital and Owings Mills. It intersects with the light rail at Charles Center so you can get to Penn Station or Camden Yards for the MARC. Express bus lines serve some of the more heavily traveled commuter routes, and standard bus service operates throughout the city. The Baltimore Water Taxi runs three connector lines (they permit bikes on board) and a fleet that serves most of the harbor tourist attractions.

Baltimore hasn’t made the leap to making biking an essential part of the transportation strategy, the city has only a tiny pilot program on the University of Maryland campus and the surface streets can be challenging to all but hard core cyclists. This year, the city is introducing their Downtown Bike Network, part of the city’s plan to encourage cycling. There are bike lanes and recommended bike routes, and a commitment to grow cycling as a safe and viable means of getting around, but there’s some work to do.

ZipCar operates the car sharing service in Baltimore for those days when you can’t get by without wheels. AltCar did a promising test run of an all electric fleet in Baltimore.

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on Upper Fells Point

Neighborhoods

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is home to many of the city’s attractions, big hotels, and Harborplace, the waterfront shopping center. It’s touristy, but that makes for a neighborhood that’s connected and has lots of services. Because this neighborhood was the center of revitalization efforts, a lot of what’s here is new construction – mixed use buildings with retail and restaurants at street level and condos or offices up above. Most of the housing here is in high rise condo complexes, a lot of them have spectacular views towards the water.

The University of Maryland is downtown and it’s easily accessed by Metro to Charles Center. There are some attractive loft style apartments in rebuilt warehouses and classic brick buildings with hardwood floors and gorgeous architectural detailing like arcade windows and elegant public spaces. There are plenty of newer condos, too, with amenities like stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, and on site gyms. Downtown has an active neighborhood association that’s focused on making the heart of the city a better place to live.

Federal Hill, on the East side of the Inner Harbor, has lots of those famous Baltimore row houses, some remodeled warehouse lofts, and some older apartment buildings. The Cross Street Market in Federal Hill is an indoor market that offers a mix of produce, deli, and take-out food. It’s a great 'hood for nightlife with many restaurants, bars, and smaller clubs with live music. Young families who want city living chose Federal Hill for it’s central location, cool housing options, and proximity to their employers – it’s a walk to work neighborhood for those who work downtown.

North of downtown, Mount Vernon is another popular choice for families looking for in-city living. There are larger apartments with up to four bedrooms here. Long a fashionable and somewhat pricey neighborhood, it’s got lots of beautiful historic buildings and meticulously planned parks. There are swanky cafes, cultural institutions, and plenty of street life. There are new, modern developments here, some with swimming pools and gyms, but there are also historic row houses with hardwood floors, pocket doors, and colonial detailing.

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Charles Village

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Enoch Pratt Free Library

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Rash Field

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Chesapeake Commons Apartments

Charles Village, close to the Johns Hopkins campus, has more single family homes – many of them are two and three story row houses. It offers the diversity that university neighborhoods attract. An active neighborhood association is advocating to bring street car service to Charles Village, connecting it to downtown. Charles Avenue around 25th is a restaurant corridor and there are lots of nice coffee houses here too.

On the opposite side of Johns Hopkins and close to Wyman Park, there’s Hampden. A former mill district, now it’s retro-hipster chic with independent coffee houses, bars, and restaurants.

Hamden’s got a reputation for being quirky; there are lots of one of a kind shops that express the neighborhood’s unique personality. It’s also a very walkable place to live, restaurants line 36th Street and major bus lines cross the neighborhood.

Baltimore – or “Charm City” as it likes to call itself – has dozens of unique neighborhoods that offer walkable living. And with its focus on improving transit and street life, a move to Baltimore can get you in early on something good.

With 48% of Baltimore residents renting, you’ll find no shortage of apartments for rent, from cheap studios to colonial townhomes and classic row houses. Use Walk Score to search for one bedroom condos or two bedroom apartments close to the MTA – try Hamden for lofts and studios with easy access to light rail.

Federal Hill has some nice renovated row houses; in Guilford, you’ll find luxury single family homes with gardens. Charles Village offers diversity, high rise secured apartment buildings, luxury condos, and renovated row houses.

thumbnail for Belvedere Square Shopping CenterAn artisanal market that has gone through many transformations to get to its current state. Everything from Atwaters deli, to Ceriello's Italian market to the Grand Cru this place has some really great specialty shops. And during te warmer months they sponsor an out door concert series which gets crowded so get there early.

John Maranto
on Belvedere Square Shopping Center

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Otterbein's Wheel Park

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Robert McClintock Studio & Gallery

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on Lexington Market

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