Best Cities 2010: Baltimore, MD

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Best Cities 2010: Baltimore, MD

The National Aquarium and crab fests galore make this a charming seaside city

City: Baltimore

State: Maryland

Best Cities Overall Rank: 77

The National Aquarium in Baltimore is home to more than 16,000 creatures, including sharks, dolphins, rays and tropical fish.

Clueless about crustaceans? You’ll be up to speed in no time in Baltimore, where crab feasts and the art of cracking them open is serious fun.

County: Baltimore

Population: 636,919

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitors’ bureau website

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Baltimore Sun

Baltimore blogs:

Charm City Moms
Great Walls of Baltimore
Adventures in Baltimore Restaurants

Baltimore’s Facebook page: Follow Baltimore on Facebook

Baltimore’s Twitter page: Follow Baltimore on Twitter


Education rank: 64

High School graduation rate 2008: 62.60%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 6

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0.94

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 8

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 1.26

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 267

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 13.80

Total Expenditures Per Student: $1,3962


Health rank: 25

Quality children’s hospitals: 4

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.63

Quality Pediatricians: 1

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0.16

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0


Safety rank: 89

Violent Crimes, 2008: 10,080

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 1,582.62

Sex Offenders: 1,439

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 225.93


Economy rank: 69

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 28.90

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 8.70

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 802.51

Median Home Sale Price: $147,500

5-Year Home Value Index: 8.22%

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 19.32%


Recreation Rank: 68

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 4,862

Parkland per 100,000: 763.36


Photo courtesy of Gabriele Zanatta