The State of Maryland

Moving to Maryland  
The State of Maryland is at the center of cultural, educational and recreational activities on the Atlantic coast. It has economic vitality, gorgeous scenery, is close to Washington, D.C., and has a strong sense of community, making it a popular place to live.

The five regions in Maryland include the excitement of its large cities along with the charms of the countryside giving residents plenty to see and do. Sail down the Chesapeake Bay, relax on the beaches of Ocean City, take a tour through the countryside or a stroll along Baltimore's Inner harbor and explore the cultural attractions of nearby Washington, D.C.

With all of its opportunities and conveniences, Maryland is home to some of the wealthiest property values in the country. Communities throughout Maryland offer a broad range of amenities and lifestyles depending on your needs and budget. A vibrant economy and growing job market tend to be the balancing factors to residents facing a higher cost of living in Maryland. The state’s job growth consistently outpaces the nation. Biotechnology, software development and applications, and defense and security-related businesses maintain a strong presence, and compared to the rest of the nation, Maryland ranks first in the percentage of professional and technical workers. Its highly accredited educational institutions provide virtually every kind of training and research required by business and industry. It is also one of the top states in the nation for educational attainment as nearly 40% of the state’s population age 25 and above hold a bachelor's degree or higher.

Most of the population of Maryland lives in the central region of the state, in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area. The Eastern Shore is less populated and more rural, as are the counties of western and southern Maryland. Cities such as Bethesda, an affluent suburb of our nation's capital, charming Owing Mills and historic and riverfront Edgewater, are among the most popular Maryland cities for new residents. Maryland real estate includes everything from urban town homes, waterfront estates, planned suburban communities, small historic towns, or country retreats.

Maryland has a remarkably varied climate depending on the region of the state one resides. Overall, July is the warmest month, with highs reaching into the 80s and 90s. January is the coldest time of the year, with average lows in the 20s. There's plenty of rain throughout the year, and there tends to be snow in the winter months; average snowfall a year is about 20 inches. 

The Five Regions of Maryland

In the 1920s, a reporter for National Geographic visited Maryland and dubbed the state “ America in Miniature.” Maryland has it all – from mountains to seashores – and everything is within about a 3-hour drive of the biggest city, Baltimore. Here’s a capsule description of the 5 regions of Maryland and no matter where you live or visit, you’ll find something fun just around the corner.

Frederick , Montgomery and Prince George’s counties

Maryland is a generous state; so generous, in fact, that in 1791 we donated the land that became Washington, D.C. We have benefited greatly from that action, and today the three Maryland counties that border the nation’s capital are far more than “bedroom” communities. In fact, if you had to choose a room in your house that best represents this area, you’d have a tough time deciding whether it should be the study (this region is packed with history); the rec room (there are a surprising number of state and national parks that offer everything from hiking to biking); or the dining room (there’s an astounding array of restaurants featuring everything from down-home cooking to cuisine from around the world).

Baltimore City and Annapolis - Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford & Howard counties

As home to both Maryland’s capital, Annapolis, and to its most populated city, Baltimore, this region boasts an unbeatable combination of fun and culture. You can go out to a ball game, attend the symphony, shop ‘til you drop and visit historic sites all in the same day – and still have time left to enjoy a great meal at one of the region’s famous restaurants. Within minutes’ drive of the big-city hustle and bustle, you’ll find serene pastures that are home to Maryland’s Thoroughbred horses, old mills and farms, and waterside villages that are havens for boaters and history buffs alike.

Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties

This is where it all began way back in 1634, when 140 Europeans arrived to settle the colony that would be named Maryland. The state’s original capital, now called Historic St. Mary’s City, is preserved as a living history museum, but don’t think for a minute that this area’s appeal is limited to those who enjoying delving into the past. You’ll be hard-pressed to find better bass fishing anywhere on the East Coast, and the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and the Patuxent and Potomac rivers are a hit with boaters, too. If you prefer to just sit back and take it easy, you can do that here, as well. It’s where you’ll find a number of tiny waterside resorts that beckon to travelers eager to abandon their cares.

Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico & Worcester counties

They say that “Maryland is for crabs,” and nowhere is that proven more true – or false – than on the Eastern Shore. It’s true in terms of the quality and quantity of the beloved blue crab, whose succulent meat is the key ingredient in many a feast. But it’s entirely false if you’re referring to the attitude of the people you’ll encounter along your journey; there’s a level of hospitality here that makes it easy to understand why Maryland is considered a Southern state. Spend a day on the bay, sailing from point to point and discovering this region’s history, or drive from one waterfront village to the next in search of the perfect crab cake.

Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties

If there’s a touch of Indiana Jones in you, this is the perfect place for your next adventure. Western Maryland is where you’ll find picturesque mountains that are perfect for hiking and white-water rapids just waiting to be tackled by daring rafters. Deep Creek Lake, the state’s biggest manmade body of water, welcomes boaters and water skiers in warm weather; Wisp, Maryland’s ski resort, welcomes skiers and tubers in the winter months. If you prefer to step back in time rather than taking a walk on the wild side, explore such sites as the C&O Canal and Antietam National Battlefield