Baltimore is the largest city in the U.S. state of Maryland, and the 26th largest city in the whole of the United States. It is located in the central area of the state along the Patapsco River, with much of city life taking place by the water. The city boasts over 4,900 acres of parkland, so expats looking to live a life outdoors will be perfectly placed in Baltimore. In actual fact, The Trust for Public Land found that Baltimore had the 21st best park system among the 50 most populous U.S. states as recently as 2013. Expatriates in Baltimore who enjoy being out and about may also like to get involved with the city's most-loved sport: baseball. Baltimore has been associated with baseball for centuries, with one of the sport’s most-loved players, Babe Ruth, having been born there. Expats living in Baltimore may like to experience the game by going to watch The Orioles play at the retro Oriole Park at Camden Yards and can connect with other expat baseball fans on the discussion groups at InterNations. Baltimore also has a rich military history, having been an instrumental city in the American Revolution. Expats in Baltimore may like to explore more of its history by visiting the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, or the Baltimore Civil War Museum.
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Being one of the largest cities in the U.S., expats moving to Baltimore will have a huge number of districts to choose from. This extensive range has led to Baltimore being called a 'city of neighborhoods', nicknamed 'Charm City'. There is even a shuttle bus service that operates in the downtown area called the Charm City Circulator, short CCC. This system was funded in part by city parking fees with a view to encouraging city dwellers to leave their cars at home, and picks up passengers every fifteen minutes, making it a great way for expats in Baltimore to get around. For help with deciding which neighborhood to live in, and details of apartments and housing, expats can connect with other expatriates living in Baltimore on the forums at InterNations.
Baltimore was once upon a time the most prolific manufacturer of rye whiskey and straw hats in the whole of the United States. These days, however, the city is less industrial and more focused on service-based roles, which make up 90% of jobs. The two largest employers in Baltimore are the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins University, with the Baltimore area being known for work in health and science. Tourism also plays a role in the economy with millions of visitors every year visiting the Inner Harbor and the National Aquarium; the largest in the world. Expats moving to Baltimore for work can look for jobs and opportunities at InterNations and share experiences with other expats living and working abroad.