Welcome to Maryland
Maryland is a state in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.
Maryland’s nickname is “Old Line State” and the Maryland state is named after the English queen Henrietta Maria, known in England as Queen Mary.
The capital city of Maryland is Annapolis (Saint Mary’s was the original capital) and the largest city of Maryland is Baltimore.
Maryland is one of the smallest states in the U.S with an area of 12,407 sq mi which makes Maryland to the 42nd largest state in the U.S.
Maryland has twenty-three counties and sixteen of them as well as the city of Baltimore, border the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay estuary and its many tributaries, which combined total more than 4,000 miles of shoreline. The northern part of Chesapeake Bay is in Maryland and the southern part of Chesapeake Bay is in Virginia.
Maryland is bordering Pennsylvania to its north, Delaware to its east and Virginia, West Virginia and District of Columbia to its south and west.
The state of Maryland has a wide array of climates, due to local variances in elevation, proximity to water, and protection from colder weather due to downslope winds. Annual rainfall in Maryland ranges from 35 to 45 inches with more in higher elevations.
Maryland is vulnerable to tropical cyclones because of its location near the Atlantic Coast.
Strikes from major hurricanes (category 3 or above) occur infrequently because of the large shelter that Delmarva Peninsula and the outer banks of North Carolina provides, Maryland often gets the remnants of a tropical system which allready has released most of its energy.
Maryland averages around 30–40 days of thunderstorms a year, and averages around six tornado strikes annually.
Earthquakes in Maryland are infrequent and small due to the state’s distance from seismic/earthquake zones.
As of 2015, Maryland had the highest median household income of any state, owing in large part to its close proximity to Washington D.C. and a highly diversified economy spanning manufacturing, services, higher education, and biotechnology.
Maryland is hosting some of the highest numbers of historic landmarks per capita.
Tourism is very popular in Maryland and many tourists are visiting the city of Baltimore, the beaches of the Eastern Shore, the nature of western Maryland and the historic and picturesque towns along the Chesapeake Bay.
Also many people is passing through Maryland on the way to Washington, D.C.
Baltimore has popular tourist attractions like the Baltimore Aquarium, Fort McHenry, Harborplace as well as the Camden Yards baseball stadium.
Maryland also has several sites of interest to military history, given Maryland’s role in the American Civil War and in the War of 1812.
Quick facts about Maryland
- Nickname: Old Line State
- Capital city: Annapolis
- Largest city: Baltimore
- Area: 12,407 sq mi (32,133 km2) (ranked 42th of 50)
- Population: Est, 6,042,718 (ranked 19 of 50)
- Highest point: Hoye Crest
- Lowest point: Atlantic Ocean
- Latitude: 37° 53′ N to 39° 43′ N
- Longitude: 75° 03′ W to 79° 29′ W
- Bordering states: Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia