Baltimore, Maryland, made its bones in steel, but the largest company in the city now is decidedly different from those roots: John Hopkins University and John Hopkins Hospital. This ability to diversify the city beyond its core industries has served it well, and Baltimore is now the 20th largest city in the country.
In addition to Johns Hopkins, other companies that call the Greater Baltimore area home include six Fortune 1000 companies: Constellation Energy, Grace Chemicals, Black & Decker, Legg Mason, T. Rowe Price, and McCormick & Company. Other companies headquartered here include Performax, Sylvan Learning, Under Armour, and Advertising.com. The city is also a major hub for rail and ship transportation.
Baltimore has several noteworthy tourist attractions that are a bonus for Baltimore movers. Fairly new buildings in the area include Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium. The largest tourist attraction in Baltimore is the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Historical sites to visit in the area include the Edgar Allan Poe house, Westminster Churchyard, and Fort Henry National Monument and Historic Shrine. Additionally, Baltimore's harbor features many historic boats and structures. Sports teams in the area include the baseball Orioles and football Ravens, among several other smaller professional and collegiate teams. The Baltimore-Washington International Airport is very close to the city.
Baltimore was established in 1729 and named after the first proprietary governor, Cecilius Calvert. In the 1800's, Baltimore became a major center of sugar as it was shipped from the Carribean. Fort Henry resides in the port of Baltimore and the base was attacked during the War of 1812 and inspired Francis Scott Key's, The Star Spangled Banner. The state was part of the Union during the Civil War, but much of the state was with the Confederates. When the Union army went through Baltimore, those in opposition started the Baltimore riot of 1861. In 1904, the city suffered the Great Baltimore Fire, which destroyed over 1,500 buildings. In the past few decades, a revitalization effort was started in the downtown Baltimore area. Recent buildings include the Baltimore Convention Center, Harborplace, a large shopping center, and the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
Baltimore's climate is moderated by its closeness to the ocean. It gets relatively hot, humid summers and cool, wet winters. July has an average high of 91 and an average low of 73. The Summer is very humid, with afternoon thunderstorms often.