Maryland is home to plentiful attractions like the Ocean City, the Boardwalk and amusement parks, shopping centers and historical museums. It is where the Chesapeake Bay and Baltimore are located. MD is also popular for the birthplace of the national anthem and baseball power. But aside from these things, the state also has in store interesting Maryland facts and stats that will surprise you. Check them out in the following.
Interesting Maryland Facts and Stats
- It was one of the original 13 colonies playing a pivotal role in the history of the Americas. MD, which was the seventh to ratify the constitution, was named a state back in 1788.
- Its central city, Baltimore, is a diversity hub. It is home to the John Hopkins Hospital and the Inner Harbor attractions. The John Hopkins University, which is one of the nation’s leaders in research, is also in Baltimore.
- Maryland, where people are mostly and strongly democratic, has over six million people in population. Back in 2016, the state recorded the highest median household income of $78,945.
- Why are families drawn here? One major reason is its great educational system, with its high schools outperforming other states in the Best High Schools ranking category. The ranking is based on college readiness. Also, the university system of the state offers 12 different institutions. The University of Maryland, for instance, houses a few of the best engineering programs that include aerospace engineering. No wonder, MD is a defense and aerospace hot spot, which is home to the NOAA and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Here also are defense contractors, such as Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.
- Regarding religion, 69% adult identify themselves as Christians (PEW Research Center).
- The state boasts $57.4B in military industry, one of the highest in the nation. Big players include the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Fort George G. Meade containing the headquarters of the Cyber Command and National Security Agency.
- The first school in the US, King Williams School, which opened in 1696, is in MD.
- The University of Maryland opened the first dental school in the US.
- A state lawyer, Francis Scott, wrote the national anthem. Historical records pointed that he wrote it on September 14, 1814, as he’s watching the Fort McHenry’s bombardment.
- 3,360 feet above sea level is the highest point in the state. It is on the Backbone Mountain. On the other hand, the depression is the lowest point; something they call the Bloody Point Hole, which is 174 ft below sea level. This depression is located on the Kent Island’s southern tip.
- The sailing capital of the world is Annapolis.
- The only inhabited offshore island in MD is Smith Island.
More Maryland Interesting Facts and Stats
- The Sultan of Swat, Babe Ruth, was a Baltimore native, who attended the St. Mary’s Industrial School.
- A few major league players here include Billy Ripken, Frank Baker and Jimmie Fox.
- Why did Fort Meade become a base? It happened when a train engineer who was delivering soldiers to Meade only knew the Meade in MD and unaware of the one in Florida. In an attempt to avoid the confusion that happened often, a second base was built in the state.
- Henrietta Maria of France was who the state was named after. She was England, Ireland and Scotland queen consort as King Charles I’s wife. Interesting, isn’t it?
- Red robes are the uniform of judges in the state.
- October 10, 1845 was when the Naval Academy of the US was built at the Annapolis.
- When was the first railroad station in Baltimore, MD built? 1830.
- In the Inner Harbor, Baltimore is where the National Aquarium is located.
- One of the finest 19th century buildings is the Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is considered a masterpiece and is the first US cathedral. The city of Baltimore made history once more as the first to represent a Roman Catholic diocese.
- In 2004, lacrosse became the state’s official team sport, but in 1962, it was jousting.
- Natty Boh or the National Bohemian beer is Baltimore’s most famous brew. However, brewing in the state anymore might not be existing anymore. But then, 90% of its sales are still going to Charm City.
- The state has the oldest living people in the world. There are 48 people who are at least 114 years old, according to the State Board of Elections.
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Maryland is an interesting state and so for its facts, trivia and stats. If you’re looking to invest in a home in Ocean City Communities, knowing of these things will surely inspire you. Now if you need advice about an ideal property based on your investment goals, feel free contacting me I will be glad to help you.
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