Baltimore: Introduction
Baltimore: Geography and Climate
Baltimore: History
Baltimore: Population Profile
Baltimore: Municipal Government
Baltimore: Economy
Baltimore: Education and Research
Baltimore: Health Care
Baltimore: Recreation
Baltimore: Convention Facilities
Baltimore: Transportation
Baltimore: Communications


The City in Brief

Founded: 1696 (incorporated 1797)

Head Official: Mayor Martin O'Malley (D) (since 1999)

City Population

1980: 786,741

1990: 736,014

2000: 651,154

2003 estimate: 628,670

Percent change, 1990–2000: −11.5%

U.S. rank in 1980: 10th (MSA)

U.S. rank in 1990: 12th (MSA)

U.S. rank in 2000: 23rd (State rank: 1st)

Metropolitan Area Population (CMSA)

1990: 6,727,050

2000: 7,608,070

Percent change, 1990–2000: 13.1%

U.S. rank in 1980: 15th

U.S. rank in 1990: 18th

U.S. rank in 2000: 4th

Area: 80.8 square miles (2000)

Elevation: 148 feet above sea level

Average Annual Temperature: 55.1° F

Average Annual Precipitation: 41.94 inches (22.7 inches of snow)

Major Economic Sectors: services, government, wholesale and retail trade

Unemployment rate: 4.2% (December 2004)

Per Capita Income: $16,978 (1999)

2002 FBI Crime Index Total: 55,820

Major Colleges and Universities: Johns Hopkins University, Towson State University, University of Baltimore, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Morgan State University Loyola College

Daily Newspaper: The Baltimore Sun