Franklintown$995 - $1,865
- 1-3 Beds
- 1 Bath
Canton Industrial Area
$865 - $2,935
- 1-3 Beds
- 1-2 Baths
West Forest Park
Mid - Town Belvedere
Mid - Town Belvedere
Renter's Guide to Baltimore
Charm City is ready to charm you! At 92 square-miles, Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland, roughly 50% bigger than Washington, D.C. It's also the second-largest seaport on the Mid-Atlantic. The city is just 38 miles from the U.S. capital of Washington, D.C., 39 miles from Rockville, and 50 miles from Alexandria, Virginia.
The weather in Baltimore is about what you’d expect from a northern city – warm summers, with cold, snowy winters. The average July temperature is a balmy 80°F, while January averages are 35°F. With 20 inches of snow on average per year, fans of cold weather will get their fill in Baltimore.
Baltimore City, MD Demographics
- Total Population622,454
Female 293,366Male 329,088
- Median Age34.6
Cost of Living in Baltimore, MD
Travel + Leisure magazine named Baltimore the 18th-best of its “Cities for Singles,” and with an average cost of living 24 percent lower than the rest of the country, it’s a decent place to take a date.
A three-course meal for two at a romantic restaurant will cost around $55.50. For a low-key date over coffee, expect to pay $3.56 per cappuccino.
Utilities for a 915-square-foot apartment, including water, electric, and waste disposal, average $140 per month, which is just below the national average of $147.
According to WalletHub, Baltimore is the sixth-worse city in the country for driving. Save money and frustration by taking advantage of one of the many public transportation options in the city.
The Maryland Transit Administration operates a bus, light rail train, and a commuter rail system, as well as a 15-mile subway. Fares are $1.70 for a single trip, and $3.40 for round-trip. A day pass is $4, and weekly and monthly passes are also available, with discounts for seniors and children.
Average Rent in Baltimore City, MD
- Baltimore City, MD Average Rental Price, December 2018$1,227/mo
- 1 Bedroom$1,167
- 2 Bedrooms$1,245
Baltimore City, MD Apartment Rent Ranges
- > $2,0008%
Baltimore City, MD Rent Trends
|All rentals||Studio||1 Bed||2 Beds||3 Beds|
|Dec / 2018||$1,227||$997||$1,167||$1,245|
|Jan / 2018||$1,228||$998||$1,165||$1,247|
|Sept / 2017||$1,243||$1,007||$1,188||$1,264|
|May / 2017||$1,243||$1,000||$1,188||$1,269|
|Jan / 2017||$1,203||$1,011||$1,129||$1,225|
|Sept / 2016||$1,199||$1,016||$1,125||$1,212|
|May / 2016||$1,195||$1,031||$1,128||$1,214|
|Jan / 2016||$1,167||$1,014||$1,111||$1,194|
|Sept / 2015||$1,166||$1,012||$1,111||$1,188|
|May / 2015||$1,162||$1,011||$1,109||$1,180|
Average rent is projected to grow by 1% in 2018 compared to 2017.
Please note that projected rent growth is calculated at city level.
Average rent values on this page are aggregated from data from the following zip codes: 212012120221205212062120721209212102121121212212132121421215212162121721218212232122421225212262122921230212312123921251
Living in Baltimore, MD
The population of Baltimore is predominantly African-American, thought the city also has a very large German-American population, as it was a large immigration port in the nineteenth century. On top of that, the Baltimore-Towson metropolitan area is the 18th-largest LGBT community in the U.S.
Advantages to living in Baltimore include that it’s fairly inexpensive for such a large city. It's also bike friendly, and the numerous colleges within the city make it culturally important. And you're just a short drive from several other major cities.
Downsides to living in Baltimore include crime. Forbes called it the 7th “Most Dangerous U.S. City,” Parenting.com named it number six in the same category, and Business Insider took it a step further, ranking it the 36th “Most Violent City in the World”.
Things to do in Baltimore
Baltimore is second on Zagat’s list of the “Top 17 Food Cities” and is notable for its local and experimental cuisine, such as the farm-to-table Woodberry Kitchen.
There are so many things here in the city, it’s hard to narrow down the possibilities. However, the Inner Harbor is the first place to go. It features the National Aquarium and the Maryland Science Center, as well as the Port Discovery Children’s Museum. Meanwhile, the nearby Fort McHenry National Monument and the Baltimore Civil War Museum explore the city’s role in the Civil War. For the adults in the family, the Horseshoe Casino is great fun.
Sports lovers can take in a Ravens’ NFL game at the M&T Bank Stadium, and Orioles fans can view Major League Baseball games from Camden Yards. For race fans, the Pimlico Race Course is one of the tracks in the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing. Or if you crave outdoor recreation, Carroll Park – with playgrounds, ballfields, a skate park, and a golf course – is an option. And nearby Patterson Park has a swimming pool, boat lake, and an ice rink in the winter.
Thrillist called Baltimore one of "the best American cities for creatives", due to its many art museums and educational institutions. For starters, the annual Artscape is the largest free arts festival in America.
The Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walters Art Museum both have international art collections. And lovers of classic literature will enjoy the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum.
For more culture in Baltimore, take in a concert by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra or the Lyric Opera Baltimore. Then there's the Peabody Institute, the oldest and most respected music conservatory in the country. And the Hippodrome Theatre in the France-Merrick performing Arts Center features Broadway and other plays, while Centerstage is a local theater company.
Employment and Economy
Most of the jobs in Baltimore are in the service industry, but Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins University both employ a large number of people in healthcare and education. With its proximity to Washington D.C., jobs in defense and government are also plentiful.
Companies that are based in Baltimore include sporting goods brand Under Armour, T. Rowe Price, McCormick & Company, and American Sugar Refining.
Baltimore City, MD Households
- Total Number of Households242,268
Family 124,878Non-family 117,390
Children 63,886No Children 178,382
- Average People Per Household2.47
- Median Household Income$42,241
- Median Housing Costs Per Month$1,011
Education in Baltimore
Several educational institutions call Baltimore home, such as The Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore International College, Maryland Institute of Art, Notre Dame of Maryland University, the University of Baltimore, and The University of Maryland, Baltimore.
Baltimore’s public schools are also highly ranked. U.S. News & World Report named the Western School of Technology and Environmental Science the 11th best school in Maryland and the 347th best school in the country. Baltimore School for the Arts is 44th in Maryland, while Western High is 47th. Even the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Baltimore City College High School, and Paul Laurence Dunbar High School have received national recognition.
Baltimore City, MD Education Statistics
- No High School5%
- Some High School42%
- Some College22%
- Associate Degree4%
- Bachelor Degree15%
- Graduate Degree12%
Tips for Renting in Baltimore
If Charm City is the place for you, make sure to learn a few things about the city's renter’s rights before your big move.
For example, a landlord who wants you to leave after your lease is up must give you 60 days’ written notice. If you remain in the residence beyond that time, the landlord can evict you, or choose to charge you double your rent.
If you live in a building that houses more than three families, the landlord must provide and maintain smoke detectors in the unit. However, if you live in a smaller building, such as a free-standing house, duplex, or triplex, you'll be responsible for taking care of the smoke detectors yourself.
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