Baltimore metropolitan area

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Central Maryland
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson Metropolitan 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.
CountryUnited States
Principal municipalitiesBaltimore, Columbia, Towson
 • Metropolitan area2,844,510 (20th)
 • Urban
 • Urban density1,038.9/sq mi (401.1/km2)
 • CSA
9,973,383 (3rd)
 MSA = 2020,
CSA = 2020,
Urban & Densities = 2010
Time zoneUTC−5 (ET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EST)

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.[1]


The area includes the following counties:[2][3]

County 2021 Estimate 2020 Census Change Area Density
Baltimore County 849,316 854,535 −0.61% 598.30 sq mi (1,549.6 km2) 1,420/sq mi (548/km2)
Anne Arundel County 590,336 588,261 +0.35% 414.90 sq mi (1,074.6 km2) 1,423/sq mi (549/km2)
Baltimore City 576,498 585,708 −1.57% 80.94 sq mi (209.6 km2) 7,123/sq mi (2,750/km2)
Howard County 334,529 332,317 +0.67% 250.74 sq mi (649.4 km2) 1,334/sq mi (515/km2)
Harford County 262,977 260,924 +0.79% 437.09 sq mi (1,132.1 km2) 602/sq mi (232/km2)
Carroll County 173,873 172,891 +0.57% 447.59 sq mi (1,159.3 km2) 388/sq mi (150/km2)
Queen Anne's County 50,798 49,874 +1.85% 371.91 sq mi (963.2 km2) 137/sq mi (53/km2)
Total 2,838,327 2,844,510 −0.22% 2,601.47 sq mi (6,737.8 km2) 1,091/sq mi (421/km2)
Historical populations
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
1790–1960[5] 1900–1990[6]

Principal communities[edit]

The metropolitan area includes the following principal communities:[citation needed]

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[8] and the Washington Metropolitan Area.


Companies in metropolitan Baltimore[edit]

Four Fortune 1000 companies are headquartered in Greater Baltimore: Grace Chemicals (in Columbia), Legg Mason, T. Rowe Price, and McCormick & Company (in Hunt Valley). Other companies headquartered in Greater Baltimore 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, DAP, 180s, DeBaufre Bakeries, Wm. T. Burnett & Co, Old Mutual Financial Network, Firaxis Games (in Sparks), Sinclair Broadcast Group (in Hunt Valley), and Fila USA (in Sparks).

Government and infrastructure[edit]

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[edit]

In Baltimore County:

In Anne Arundel County:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Noss, Amanda (September 2013). Household Income: 2012 (PDF) (Report). American Community Survey Briefs. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 3, 2017.
  2. ^ "Current Employment Statistics (CES) Metropolitan Area Definitions". Bureau of Labor Statistics. November 14, 2005. Archived from the original on September 7, 2008.
  3. ^ "MSA Bulletin 2003 Attachment, Revised 07/07/03" (PDF). Office of Management and Budget.
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  5. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  6. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  7. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  8. ^ Berman, Dori (2006). "Commuter bus line may link York, Pa. and Hunt Valley". The Daily Record. Archived from the original on September 19, 2008.

Coordinates: 39°16′59.86″N 76°36′27.6″W / 39.2832944°N 76.607667°W / 39.2832944; -76.607667