2009: 620,961, #21 in U.S., #1 in Maryland

1950: 949,708, #6 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 2,710,489, #20 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 1,337,373, #12 in U.S.

Baltimore was one of the 10 largest cities in the U.S. from 1790 through 1980.


Baltimore was founded in 1729 on an arm of Chesapeake Bay. It is a major seaport, and today the Inner Harbor area has museums, shopping, and entertainment.


Tallest building: Transamerica Tower (1973), 529 feet

List of tallest buildings

The World Trade Center (405 feet, 1977) has an observation deck on the 27th floor. The Washington Monument (204 feet, 1829) has a climb of 228 steps to an observation area.


Harborplace (1980) is an enclosed mall in the Inner Harbor with a variety of shops, restaurants, and entertainment.


Baltimore has regular Amtrak trains on the Northeast Corridor, going north to Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston, and south to Washington, D.C. Other Amtrak trains include the Silver Star and Silver Meteor to Florida, Palmetto to Savannah (Ga.), Carolinian to Charlotte, Crescent to Atlanta and New Orleans, and Cardinal to Cincinnati and Chicago.  Amtrak trains use Pennsylvania Station (1911), located just north of downtown.

Maryland Area Rail Commuter (MARC) operates commuter lines in the Baltimore-Washington area. The Camden Line runs between Washington and Camden Station in downtown Baltimore. The Penn Line runs between Washington and Perryville, Maryland, by way of Penn Station.

The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) Light Rail, which began operating in 1992, serves downtown Baltimore (using city streets), Penn Station, surrounding suburbs, and Baltimore-Washington International Airport. The Metro Subway (1983) has one line that goes northwest from downtown. Less than half of it is actually underground.

Baltimore and Inner Harbor


Museums in downtown Baltimore include the Maryland Science Center, National Aquarium, B&O Railroad Museum, Babe Ruth Museum, American Visionary Art Museum, and Maryland Historical Society Museum.


The Charles Theater (1939), just north of downtown, has a variety of first-run and independent films. The Hippodrome Theatre (1914, now the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center), is a restored movie palace that hosts touring Broadway shows.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra plays at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (1982), just north of downtown. The Lyric Opera House (1894), now the Modell Performing Arts Center, has a variety of concerts and other events. Centerstage and the Everyman Theatre are also located downtown.


The Baltimore Orioles of the American League play at Oriole Park at Camden Yards (1992). The NFL Baltimore Ravens play at M&T Bank Stadium (1998), just south of Oriole Park. Royal Farms Arena (1962) hosts a variety of sporting events, concerts, and other events.

Map of Downtown Baltimore

Convention and Visitors Association

Baltimore Buildings