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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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Howard P. Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens

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Upper Fells Point

Baltimore is the 10th most walkable large city in the US with 620,961 residents.

Baltimore has good public transportation.

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

Baltimore Apartments for Rent

View all Baltimore apartments on a map. The average rent is $1,252 and the average home price is $149,250.

Rental info for The Broadview in the Baltimore area
from $900
Studio
Walk Score 78
Rental info for The Cecil Apartments in the Baltimore area
from $1,049
1 bed
Walk Score 90
Rental info for Stafford Apartments in the Baltimore area
from $945
Studio
Walk Score 98
Rental info for Mayflower Apts @ Biddison Lane in the Baltimore area
$1,000
Rental info for Samester Apartments in the Baltimore area
from $825
1 bed
Walk Score 59
Rental info for Saint Paul Regency in the Baltimore area
from $765
Studio
Walk Score 95
Rental info for Roland Ridge in the Baltimore area
from $875
1 bed
Walk Score 49
Rental info for Waterloo Place in the Baltimore area
from $1,212
1 bed
Walk Score 94

To view Baltimore homes for sale sorted by Walk Score, visit Trulia.com.

Baltimore Neighborhoods

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Population

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

Eating & Drinking

There are about 1,935 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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Power Plant Live!

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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 65 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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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 & Bazaar

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Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum

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One-Eyed Mike's

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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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Belvedere Square Shopping Center

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Baltimore Farmers Market & Bazaar

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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.

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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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The Point In Fells

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University of Maryland, Baltimore County

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Charles Village

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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Enoch Pratt Free Library

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Rash Field

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Chesapeake Commons Apartments

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on Lexington Market

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