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Old 05-31-2013, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Columbia, MD
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In terms of importance...including surrounding areas.
Baltimore-Towson- Dundalk-Middle River
Columbia-Ellicott City
Rockville-Gaithersburg
Hagerstown
Salisbury-Ocean City

Now my favorite 5 cities in Maryland are
1. Cambridge
2 Easton
3. Westminster
4. Hampstead
5. Ocean City

And my least favorite
1. Baltimore City
2. Potomac
3. Bethesda
4. Wheaton
5. Langley Park-Greenbelt
I can't deal with too uppity, too yuppie, too hipster, too ghetto, or too illegal alien!
It is interesting that you included Dundalk on your list. However, I agree that the Port of Baltimore, partially located in Dundalk is often forgotten by the general populace, and serves as a huge economic powerhouse to the state. In additon, Sparrows Point and other factories were once the largest employers in the state and contributed to the growth of Baltimore and the state in both population and infrastructure. I believe up until the 1990's, Dundalk was the second largest township in the state.
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Old 05-31-2013, 03:05 PM
 
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I choose both incorporated and unincorporated cities/towns since there are so few incorporated cities in the state.
There are 157 incorporated municipalities in the state. The problem with including unincorporated areas is they have no precise limits. I would suggest that Towson is nothing but a suburb of Baltimore. Rockville, Gaithersburg (both incorporated cities themselves when joined with the rest of the I270 corridor form a single large city (I challange you to tell when you move from one to the other) An unincorporated area has no central planning or administrative core to give it unity.
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:48 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Baltimore County doesn't have a single incorporated town or city. I'm not even sure about Carroll though Westminster probably is incorporated, I'm not sure about smaller, more historic towns like Union Bridge and Hampstead. Maybe not having too many incorporated places isn't exactly bad, maybe have to deal with less bureaucracy and more taxes.

I'm not sure for for example if someone lives in Rockville, dont' they have to pay city taxes and still pay Montgomery County taxes?
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Old 06-01-2013, 11:35 PM
 
Location: BMORE!
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Caroll county has 8 incorporated cities/towns.
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Old 06-02-2013, 05:36 PM
 
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Whether incorporated area (like an actual city) -- or UNincorporated metro area (like Columbia-Ellicott City) or wherever -- I think we need to clarify or at least add a sentence or two about what the OP and the other posters mean by "importance" -- tax revenues sent to Annapolis?, employers/businesses that provide major employment?, population numbers that are important in terms of voting, policy and politics?

A city or area may not have population numbers or employers -- but if that's where all the politicians, policy makers, and behind the scenes movers and shakers live -- the MASSES may not know it -- but THAT's the important area.
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