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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    C+
Baltimore County is located in Maryland with a population of 828,637. Baltimore County is one of the best places to live in Maryland. In Baltimore County, most residents own their homes. In Baltimore County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Baltimore County and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Baltimore County are above average.
Population
828,637

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$249,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,224
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    16%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

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Baltimore County gives its residents access to a high standard of living. Geographically, its location is equidistant from downtown Baltimore and the more rural parts of Maryland, allowing residents the opportunity to participate in a multitude of diverse activities. Baltimore County is a very family oriented area with top-rated public schools, shops and restaurants, and a safe environment. Schools are safe and diverse. George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology is a nationally acclaimed public magnet high school in Baltimore County that offers students the opportunity to study art or a trade at the highest level alongside standard high school courses. Baltimore County's proximity to Baltimore City offers access to arts and cultural experiences and world class museums. It is easy to be politically and socially engaged here, and there are ample volunteering and charitable causes to give back to the community.
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Northern Baltimore County is a gorgeous rural and suburban community with its own climate. Hereford is notorius for getting snow days when every other school in the county did not. In many ways, it's a rich picture-perfect area with great public schools and plenty of sports and activities. There are downsides though: the area is not diverse in the slightest as it is overwhelmingly white, comparatively rich, and the vast majority of people are also conservative in both politics and beliefs. Still, people are friendly, and growing up in the community provided me with a great education and a nice home.
I love Baltimore. I feel safe at most locations there are seedy areas but that's everywhere! I think there are mostly friendly surroundings and people that will help one another. I can't think of much to change Baltimore county, Baltimore city on the other hand could use some help. Not horrible but there is improvements needed such as the homeless and pot holes. I change my mind, I think all of Baltimore needs to work on the homeless issue. There are so many buffets and restaurants that prepare food to have it thrown away at the end of the night when that same food could go to feeding the homeless. Its disgraceful that we waste food that we know could be put to a better use. Help mankind.