- City in Maryland
Crime & Safety
Baltimore City is a great place for young professionals to reside in. I moved here a couple years after graduation and love it! There are a few small neighborhoods within the city that just make it feel more homey to me. This is the first time I have lived in a bigger city, and it feels like just the right size. It's not too big, like New York or Washington D.C., but it's not as small as my previous "home" in Augusta, Georgia. There are tons of restaurants, concerts, and festivals happening every weekend in the city. Baltimore has everything I need close by. I often walk to the grocery store, gym, and soccer fields that are all within 15 minutes of my house. As with any city, walking around at night alone is not recommended. I always recommend having a walking buddy! There are quite a few large companies around the city and the county, making commutes more manageable. Overall, Baltimore has been great to me for the last year, I can't wait to see what the next year has in store!
I was a student on the Johns Hopkins medical campus from 2011 - 2013. As a single, young, white female, I had a blast! There were buses and cabs to take you to the fun spots like Fells Point, the Inner Harbor, and historic Mt. Vernon where you could find delicious restaurants and lively bars. The neighborhoods of Baltimore each offered their own quirks and vibes- it is not too hard to develop a sense of community in this mid-sized city. Baltimore has the best doctors in the world at Hopkins; a thriving arts community at Peabody, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and local galleries; as well as the Orioles and the Ravens. There's something for everybody! The weather is temperate along mid-atlantic standards- nothing too cold like what you'd get in NYC and the hurricanes die down by the time they make their way up the coast. Plus, I hear it's pretty affordable but I guess that depends on where you are moving from. I would move back in a heartbeat!
The only thing I love about baltimore is downtown. To me it's like a mini new York with the harbor, the gallery, Lexington market...I love downtown! But what I would change about baltimore are the neighborhoods, the crime, and the education system. Schools keep getting closed down, the curriculum is flawed, too many abandoned homes, too much crime.