Strategically located in the Mid-Atlantic region, and accessible by port, rail, air and highway, Baltimore City is a dynamic urban center fueled by a diverse economy. Among major U.S. metros, Baltimore ranks 9th in downtown population and 12th in downtown employment, and has experienced rapid growth in the well-educated young-adult population.
Baltimore is a city of 80 square miles and accounts for 23 percent of the region’s total population. The city is home to 13 colleges and universities, including internationally recognized Johns Hopkins and University of Maryland Baltimore. Professional sports teams, historic and cultural resources, and major employers in the health care, information and cybersecurity, finance and banking, and hospitality and entertainment industries also call the city home.
More than 60 federal agencies and research labs are within 30 miles, bringing substantial federal spending and jobs to the city. Johns Hopkins Hospital and University is the largest recipient of federal research dollars nationally. Baltimore also has two state-of-the-art biotechnology business parks and numerous other business and industrial parks.