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Reaching from the rugged Appalachian Mountains in the west to sandy ocean beaches on the Eastern Shore, Maryland is a small yet hugely popular state in which to live — only 42nd in size but 19th in population.
Residents enjoy a generally moderate climate and a diverse geography that includes 17,000 miles of waterways and 450,000 acres of public land. The state's defining feature is the Chesapeake Bay, America's largest estuary. The bay and its many tributaries &mash; including the Susquehanna, Patapsco, Patuxent and Potomac rivers — are a life-sustaining food source as well as a major recreational resource.
Marylanders enjoy the nation's top educational system along with having access to diverse employment opportunities and reasonably priced housing. The state ranks first in the nation in median household income (approximately $70,500), while the median price for settled residential sales in 2009 was $256,217.
Located at the very heart of the state, the Greater Baltimore area consists of Maryland's largest city, Baltimore, together with the following counties: Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll, Cecil, Harford and Howard.
The area is a long-established financial hub and emerging high-tech center, thanks in part to a huge influx of technology-related businesses that are part of the U.S. military's Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process.
Known for world-class educational institutions, Greater Baltimore likewise has nationally renowned healthcare options. And when it's time to play, nothing beats the numerous leisure activities that are immediately accessible — from world-class cultural opportunities to exceptional sports venues.
Washington, D.C. attractions are within 50 miles of Baltimore, while the white-sand beaches of Ocean City — the East Coast's No. 1 family resort — loom less than a three-hour drive away. In addition, two hours is all it takes by train to arrive in New York.
Rarely do you find so much convenience and variety in such a beautiful location.