Baltimore, Maryland - Basic Facts

Baltimore is the common name for the community and surrounding area while the formal official name is the City of Baltimore.

It is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Baltimore (city) County at latitude 39.2904 and longitude -76.6122. Baltimore (city) County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 33 feet.

The formal boundaries for the City of Baltimore (see map) encompass a land area of 80.94 sq. miles and a water area of 11.11 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Baltimore: Baltemore Town, Baltimore City, Charm City, Jonas Town, Jones Town, Jonestown, Old Town, Oldtown.

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Baltimore, MD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 620,718
Population in Households 595,207
Population in Familes 418,734
Population in Group Qrtrs 25,511
Population Density1 7,669
Diversity Index2 57


Total Households 251,435
Average Household Size 2.37
Family Households 133,257
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 301,384 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 114,163 (37.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 137,272 (45.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 49,949 (16.6%)
Median Home Value $198,658
Average Home Value $242,680


Median Household Income $38,357
Average Household Income $54,198
Per Capita Income $22,669
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


Population -0.01% 0.03%
Households 0.14% 0.07%
Families -0.14% -0.13%
Median Household Income   2.2%
Per Capita Income   3.14%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Baltimore, MD - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Baltimore to the other 518 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Maryland by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable DescriptionRankPercentile
Total Population # 1 100th
Population Density1 # 14 97th
Diversity Index2 # 120 77th
Median Household Income # 482 7th
Per Capita Income # 425 18th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Maryland Census Data Comparison Tool.