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Baltimore

Baltimore Maryland
Administration
Full nameCity of Baltimore
Official nameCity of Baltimore
Settlement typeIndependent city
Motto"The Greatest City in America",
"Get in on it." "The city that reads."
CountryUnited States
StateMaryland
Founded1729
Incorporation1797
Named forCecilius Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore
Government
TypeIndependent city
MayorStephanie C. Rawlings-Blake (D)
Baltimore City CouncilCouncil members
Bernard C. Young (President)
James B. Kraft (1)
Nicholas D'Adamo, Jr. (2)
Robert W. Curran (3)
Bill Henry (4)
Rochelle "Rikki" Spector (5)
Sharon Green Middleton (6)
Belinda Conaway (7)
Helen L. Holton (8)
William "Pete" Welch (9)
Edward L. Reisinger (10)
William H. Cole IV (11)
Carl Stokes (12)
Warren Branch (13)
Mary Pat Clarke (14)
Houses of DelegatesDelegates
Frank M. Conaway, Jr. (40) (D)
Barbara A. Robinson (40) (D)
Shawn Z. Tarrant (40) (D)
Jill P. Carter (41) (D)
Nathaniel T. Oaks (41) (D)
Samuel I. Rosenberg (41) (D)
Curt Anderson (43) (D)
Ann Marie Doory (43) (D)
Maggie McIntosh (43) (D)
Keith E. Haynes (44) (D)
Ruth M. Kirk (44) (D)
Melvin L. Stukes (44) (D)
Talmadge Branch (45) (D)
Cheryl Glenn (45) (D)
Hattie N. Harrison (45) (D)
Peter A. Hammen (46) (D)
Carolyn J. Krysiak (46) (D)
Brian K. McHale (46) (D)
State SenateState senators
Catherine E. Pugh (40) (D)
Lisa A. Gladden (41) (D)
Joan Carter Conway (43) (D)
Verna L. Jones (44) (D)
Nathaniel J. McFadden (45) (D)
George W. Della, Jr. (46) (D)
U.S. HouseRepresentatives
Dutch Ruppersberger (2) (D)
John Sarbanes (3) (D)
Elijah Cummings (7) (D)
Geography
Total Area92.052 sq mi (238.4 km2)
Land Area80.944 sq mi (209.6 km2)
Water Area11.108 sq mi (28.8 km2)
Elevation33 ft (10.1 m)
Demography
Total Population620961 (2010)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Metro (pop.)2,690,886 (20th)
DemonymBaltimorean
Other information
Time zoneEST (UTC-5)
- Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP Code21201 21231, 21233 21237, 21239 21241, 21244, 21250 21252, 21263 21265, 21268, 21270, 21273 21275, 21278 21290, 21297 21298
FIPS code24-04000
GNIS feature ID0597040

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Baltimore (c-eniconˈbɒltɨmɔr, colloquially /ˈbɔl.mɔr/lang=en) is the largest independent city in the United States and the largest city and cultural center of the US state of Maryland. The city is located in central Maryland along the tidal portion of the Patapsco River, an arm of the Chesapeake Bay. Baltimore is sometimes referred to as Baltimore City in order to distinguish it from surrounding Baltimore County. Founded in 1729, Baltimore is the largest U.S. seaport in the Mid-Atlantic and is situated closer to major Midwestern markets than any other major seaport on the East Coast. Baltimore's Inner Harbor was once the second leading port of entry for immigrants to the United States and a major manufacturing center. After a decline in manufacturing, like most other major American coastal cities, Baltimore shifted to a service-oriented economy. The city is home to the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, Harborplace, the Baltimore Orioles and the Baltimore Ravens.

At 620,961 in 2010, Baltimore city's population has been decreasing considerably since the 1970s. The Baltimore Metropolitan Area has approximately 2.7 million residents; the 21st largest in the country. Baltimore is also the largest city in the surrounding associated combined statistical area of approximately 8.4 million residents.

The city is named after Lord Baltimore, a member of the Irish House of Lords and the founding proprietor of the Maryland Colony. Baltimore himself took his title from a place in Bornacoola parish, County Leitrim and County Longford, Ireland. Baltimore is an anglicized form of the Irish Baile an Tí Mhóir, meaning "Town of the Big House", not to be confused with Baltimore, County Cork, the Irish name of which is Dún na Séad.


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