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Newsweek magazine in 2008 recognized ten Baltimore County high schools as among the best in the nation. The Baltimore County high schools that were named are in the top 4 percent nationwide. The list included are Carver Center for Arts and Technology, Catonsville, Dulaney, Eastern Technical, Franklin, Hereford, Loch Raven, Owings Mills, Pikesville, and Towson high schools.

A recent national study measuring high school graduation rates put Baltimore County as fourth of all school systems studied and topping Maryland school systems that made the list. The study included in a special June 2008 issue of Education Week, Diplomas Count: An Essential Guide to Graduation Policy and Rates was supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The study is based on detailed data on graduation rates for the 2004-05 school year for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the nation’s 50 largest school districts.

Baltimore-Towson ranked number two Best Public Education system among metro areas with more than 250,000 students.

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Expansion Management's Education Quotient, December 2004 Data compares districts according to academic performance and a community's financial commitment to education.

Baltimore County is home to largest population of college educated workers in the region, second in the State.
Source: U.S. Census

Education (population 25 and up)


 High School Graduate

27.9 percent


 Associate Degree

6.6 percent


 Bachelor Degree

19.8 percent



14.5 percent


Source: Census/American Community Survey 2006

Baltimore College Alumni    

  • Horror film director Wes Craven (Johns Hopkins)
  • Actress Kathleen Turner (UMBC)
  • Brigadier General Elizabeth P. Hoisington, the first woman general in the U.S. Army (College of Notre Dame of Maryland)
  • Dr. Florence B. Seibert, developer of skin test for tuberculosis (Goucher College)

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Frommer's, the world's leading travel guide publisher, has named Baltimore one of the Top 10 Up and Coming Travel Destinations in the world for summer 2005. Frommer's cited the city's cultural renaissance as one of the reasons for Baltimore's inclusion on the list, also noting was the diversity of the neighborhoods and wealth of unique attractions, restaurants and museums. In March 2007 Baltimore was picked as one of the editor's favorite eating towns.

Baltimore County is larger in land than 30 countries.

Baltimore County has a larger population than 4 states, and is nearly that of South Dakota.

One of the Best-Managed Counties

Image of the cover of the Governing magazine.

In February, public policy experts at Governing magazine recognized Baltimore County as one of the four best-managed large counties in America - praising us for "generally strong financial management across the board." The special issue of Governing Magazine, counties across the United States received grades based on performance. Baltimore County received a B+.
Source: Governing Magazine,
Special Issue, February 2002 

"The AAA (bond) rating reflects Baltimore County's diverse and broad economy and tax base, above-average wealth levels, and consistently strong financial performance." 
Fitch Ratings 2004

Baltimore County received a 'AAA' bond rating from the following investment firms and has maintained this exclusive ranking:
  - AAA Moody's since 1977.   - AAA Fitch since 1992.  - AAA Standard and Poor's since 1996.

In receiving three 'AAA' / 'AAA' / 'Aaa' ratings, Baltimore County placed itself among only 22 other counties nationwide out of 3,066 in 2003. The high-quality bond rating saves taxpayers millions of dollars in interest annually. 

Baltimore County has no separate municipalities within its boundaries. The single jurisdiction without overlapping duties or taxation results in lower cost, more efficient government, with no separate taxing districts.

A talented workforce has attracted 18 customer service centers to Baltimore County - more than any other jurisdictions in Maryland.
Baltimore County Economic Development 2005

The Port of Baltimore is the national leader in "roll-on roll-off" cargo. 
Source: Maryland Port Administration 

The Port of Baltimore is the furthest west, East Coast Port. One of the Port of Baltimore's greatest advantages is its strategic Mid-Atlantic location and its inland setting. Making it the closest Atlantic port to the Midwestern population and manufacturing centers.
Source: Maryland Port Administration 

Baltimore County is a low-cost, high-quality business location.

Baltimore Crossroads at 95, one of the largest tracts of available land along the I-95 corridor has come on line. It is a 1,000+ acre mixed use business community adjacent to the new extension of Maryland Route 43, one minute form I-95 and Martin State Airport.

Baltimore County has more than 175 miles of Chesapeake Bay shoreline and over 70 marinas and yacht clubs.
Source: Marine Trades Association of Baltimore County

Baltimore County's recreational boating industry pumps over $226 million into the county's economy each year.
Source: University of Maryland Boating 2000: A Survey of Boater Spending in Maryland


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Baltimore County is the third largest County by population and 3rd by employment in Maryland.  
Source: Maryland DLLR 2006

Maryland has the second highest median household income in the nation at $62,372
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce
Bureau of the Census 2006

Baltimore County businesses have created 17,355 net new jobs 2000-2006

Source: Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation 
Employment and Wages Annual Averages

Business 2.0 ranks Baltimore as number 20 in the Top Boom Towns of America for its high median salary, large percentage of employees in the creative class, and high number of business starts. Business 2.0 also cites the strong growth by T. Rowe Price, Johns Hopkins, and Kennedy Krieger. 

Baltimore County is home to two of the federal government's largest headquarters, the Social Security Administration and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

Odd and Curious - Made in Baltimore County

AAI Corporation  

Unmanned aerial vehicles used in Iraq

Atlantic Thread  

Thread for bullet proof Kevlar material

BD Diagnostic Systems 

Flu testing kits


Sakrete concrete mix

DAP products   

Drywall caulk

Diageo North America 

Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum

Firaxis Games   

Sid Meier's Pirates! computer game

Helmut Guenschel  

Cases in the Walters Art Museum

ISG Sparrows Point  

Cold mill steel used to make refrigerators


Crushed stone and gravel


Old Bay Seasoning

Ray Machine   

Restaurant table crumbers

Rovner Products  

Clarinet parts for Grammy-winning jazz player Eddie Daniels

Victory Racing Plate  

Horseshoes worn by a Preakness winner

Vulcan Hart   

Vulcan commercial ovens

Woodhall Wine Cellars 

Gunpowder Falls Estate Chardonnay

Diamond Comics is the world's largest distributor of English-language comic books. Established in 1982 by Founder and President, Steve Geppi.
Source: Diamond Comic Distributors, Incorporated
Timonium, Maryland 21093   

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Two of the largest U.S. manufacturers are headquartered in Baltimore County. Industry Week ranks toolmaker Black and Decker of Towson as 154 largest, with $5.4 billion in revenue and McCormick and Company of Sparks at 252 largest with $2.5 billion in revenue.

Source: Industry Week

With 21,800 industrially zoned acres, Baltimore County has the most of any jurisdiction in Maryland.

Baltimore County leads Maryland in the number of manufacturing employees, with international firms such as world headquarters for Black and Decker, McCormick, Procter and Gamble Cosmetics and Fragrance Division, and ISG Sparrows Point.
Source: Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation 
Employment and Wages

General Motors Power Train Baltimore Transmission has built Maryland’s first heavy manufacturing facility in 30 years in White Marsh. General Motors is investing over $217 million in the plant, with technology-based production lines for medium-duty automatic transmissions.

Baltimore County is home to more than 800 manufacturers, the most in Maryland. In addition to such worldwide names as Procter and Gamble, International Steel, Black and Decker and McCormick, Baltimore County is home to a diverse manufacturing base. Products with a "made in Baltimore County" label range from food products -Schmidt Baking, American Yeast, Baltimore Spice, Vulcan-Hart ovens- to paper box machinery -Ward Machinery, United Container Machinery Group, Prime Technology, Sun Automation- to entertainment software -Absolute Quality, Firaxis, Breakaway Games, MicroProse.

Baltimore County businesses are investing in technology to improve their productivity. Lockheed Martin Launching Systems in Middle River, which designs and builds surface missile launchers for ten navies around the world, recently announced a $21 million investment in new laboratory and warehouse space. Technology drives productivity at International Steel Group Incorporated’s $300 million cold roll mill. GE's Middle River Aircraft Systems builds thrust reversers for commercial air planes.

The Solo Cup Company, located in Owings Mills, is the country's largest producer of paper and plastic cups, cutlery, straws, and ice cream cones. 
Source: Museum of Industry
The Sweetheart Cup Company
Owings Mills, Maryland 21117

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Baltimore Metropolitan Area ranks 19th among the nation's "Most Wired Cities" in 2002, jumping from 46th place the previous year, according to Yahoo Internet Life magazine. It is also rated as having one of the seven best local government websites in the nation.
Source: Yahoo Internet Life Magazine, May 2002. 

bwtech@UMBC is Maryland's first university-affiliated research park.

Baltimore County is home to the Maryland's largest bioscience company, BD Bioscience, with 1,767 employees in R&D and bio manufacturing.
Source: Reported April 2003 to Baltimore County by BD Bioscience Sparks Glencoe MD 21152

Baltimore County's bio-manufacturing facilities employ over 2,500 workers, from R&D scientists to lab technicians.
Source: Reported April 2003 to Baltimore County by companies.

Civilization was born in Baltimore County. Sid Meier's best-selling strategy game was developed at Firaxis Games in Hunt Valley.

The East Coast's largest concentration of workers in the computer game industry are based in Baltimore County.

University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) research and training contracts and grants leaped to $85.5M in FY02. Funding agencies include: NASA, the FDA, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

UMBC is consistently ranked among the top five research universities nationally in production of bachelor's degrees in Information Technology. 

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Revised September 16, 2013


Revised April 6, 2016        

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