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Information about Maryland
As of 2015, the estimated population of Maryland was around 6 million, based on U.S. Census Bureau figures. Maryland had a median household income of $74,149 for 2010-2014, compared to a national average of $53,482.
Maryland is a tourist attraction from both urban and rural standpoints. Baltimore is culturally rich and has something to offer the most finicky traveler. On the flipside, those looking to sleep under the stars can spend days hiking the Appalachian Trail. Maryland is also a destination for those who love water and water activities, being close to the Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Ocean and Potomac River. In addition, tourists can snowshoe, ski, hike or camp. They can also visit the state for educational reasons. Maryland has a number of Civil and Revolutionary War museums.
In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore the 10th best national university, with the University of Maryland - College Park coming in 57th on the same list. Other schools that earned notable rankings from U.S. News in 2016 include the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, rated 9th among national liberal arts colleges, and Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore and Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, ranked third and 22nd, respectively, among regional universities in the North.
Montgomery College in Rockville is the state's largest nonprofit 2-year school, followed by the Community College of Baltimore County and Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold.
Economy and Employment
Being on the Eastern seaboard, Maryland is strategically placed as an international trading hub and is centrally located to many major retail markets. The state borders the nation's capital to the south and is just hours away from New York, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
Maryland is known for its vast transportation infrastructure. It has a number of interstate arterial highways, two major railways, an international airport and the Port of Baltimore. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of April 2016, 502,500 people were employed in government. Trade, transportation, and utilities employed about 467,000 people, while education and health services employed about 443,000 people in Maryland.
In terms of manufacturing, many well-known firms, such as Black and Decker and McCormick, call this state home.