Baltimore metropolitan area

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Central Maryland
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson Metropolitan Area
Metropolitan statistical area
Baltimore's Inner Harbor
Counties of the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson Metropolitan area highlighted in red.
Counties of the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson Metropolitan area highlighted in red.
Country  United States of America
U.S. state/federal district Maryland
Principal municipalities Baltimore, Columbia, Towson
Population (2014) [1]
 •  Metropolitan statistical area 2,710,489 ( 20th)
 •  Urban ( 19th)
 • Urban density 1,038.9/sq mi (401.1/km2)
 •  CSA 9,331,587 ( 4th)
  MSA = 2014, CSA = 2012, Urban & Densities = 2010
Time zone ET ( UTC−5)
 • Summer ( DST) EST ( UTC−4)

The Baltimore–Columbia–Towson Metropolitan Statistical Area, also known as Central Maryland, is a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in Maryland as defined by the United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB). As of the 2010 Census, the combined population of the seven counties is 2,710,489. The MSA has the fourth-highest median household income in the United States, at $66,970 in 2012. [2]


The area includes the following counties: [3] [4]

Principal cities

The metropolitan area includes the following principal communities :

It also includes several other communities (not necessarily incorporated as cities or towns):

In addition to its technical metropolitan area, Baltimore also receives a large number of commuters from cities such as York, Pennsylvania [5] and the Washington Metropolitan Area.


Companies in metropolitan Baltimore

Greater Baltimore (the city and surrounding suburbs in Baltimore County) is home to four Fortune 1000 companies: Grace Chemicals (in Columbia), Legg Mason, T. Rowe Price, and McCormick & Company (in Hunt Valley). Other companies that call Greater Baltimore home include AAI Corporation (in Hunt Valley), Adams Express Company, Brown Advisory, Alex Brown, First Home Mortgage Corporation, FTI Consulting, Petroleum & Resources Corporation, Vertis, Prometric, Sylvan Learning, Laureate Education, Under Armour, Polk Audio, DAP, 180s, DeBaufre Bakeries, Wm. T. Burnett & Co, Old Mutual Financial Network, Firaxis Games (in Sparks), Sinclair Broadcast Group (in Hunt Valley), Fila USA (in Sparks), and JoS. A. Bank Clothiers (in Hampstead).

Government and infrastructure

The capital of Maryland and the agencies of the Maryland state government are located in the Baltimore MSA, mainly in Annapolis and Baltimore City. The area is also home to the National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters in Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County, as well as the Social Security Administration and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in Woodlawn in Baltimore County.

Sports teams in metropolitan Baltimore

In Baltimore County:

In Anne Arundel County:




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