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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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64 Walk Score of Baltimore, MD

Baltimore is Somewhat Walkable

Some errands can be accomplished on foot.

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Howard P. Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens

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Upper Fells Point

Baltimore is the 14th 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: Downtown, Mount Vernon and University of MD at Baltimore.

Baltimore Apartments for Rent

Baltimore Neighborhoods

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Population

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

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

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Eating & Drinking

There are about 1,783 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Baltimore.

People in Baltimore can walk to an average of 3 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in 5 minutes.

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Cat's Eye Pub

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The Point In Fells

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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

53 Transit Score of Baltimore, MD

Baltimore has Good Transit

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Public Transit Routes

Baltimore has good public transportation and about 89 bus, 2 rail, 2 subway and 2 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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Belvedere Square Shopping Center

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Cat's Eye Pub

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The Point In Fells

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Baltimore Farmers' Market

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Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum

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One-Eyed Mike's

53 Bike Score of Baltimore, MD

Baltimore is Bikeable

Some bike infrastructure.

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What's It Like to Live in Baltimore?

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Belvedere Square Shopping Center

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Baltimore Farmers' Market

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Penn Station

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City Hall

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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University of Baltimore Business Center

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Assembly Building at Clipper Mill

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.

thumbnail for Upper Fells PointTypical small Baltimore Street. A lot of houses in Upper Fells Point have actually improved over years.

Melvin Smalls
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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Lexington Market

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University of Maryland, Baltimore County

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Charles Village

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Enoch Pratt Free Library

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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Rash Field

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Chesapeake Commons Apartments

thumbnail for Lexington MarketIconic Lexington Market, a must see in Downtown. Stop by for fresh produce, seafood, and prepared food. Not only is this a great place to grab a bite but a must see historical site

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on Lexington Market

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