Baltimore

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Baltimore is a city in transition. Its 12th-place ranking among our major metros raises hope and yet poses challenges for public and civic leaders. Economic conditions are strong, with a youth unemployment rate and rents in the middle for this group of cities.  Sadly, this lower cost structure is the legacy of years of industrial abandonment and disinvestment. In terms of quality of life, Baltimore’s low ranking belies the attractions of Camden Yards, the National Aquarium, and proximity to Washington, D.C. Along the same vein, areas like Fed Hill provide a supply of bars and restaurants.

#12 Baltimore

POPULATION: 2,784,691
STUDENTS: 232,641
RANKING DETAIL:
#7 COLLEGE EDUCATED
#11 DIVERSITY

Quality of life

#7 CITY ACCESS
#12 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#13 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Economics

#8 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
#6 LABOR FORCE
#8 INNOVATION
#7 RENT

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