Live in Maryland

Communities & Neighborhoods

Wherever you work in Maryland, you’re just a short distance from the lifestyle you desire. Maryland’s quality of life starts with a quantity of lifestyle choices. Whether you prefer downtown high rises, cozy townhomes, quiet suburban neighborhoods, quaint towns and villages, beachfront or mountainside living, Maryland has a place you can call home. 

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Maryland’s outstanding quality of life attracts cutting-edge companies and highly-skilled employees to cities, towns and communities throughout the State. And the state’s cost of living– in cities and suburbs as well as smaller metropolitan and rural areas – compares favorably with similar areas throughout the Northeast, Midwest and West.

choirPlaces of Worship

Maryland’s diverse population offers various levels of spiritual growth and fellowship.  Please visit the Washington Post- Local Explorer Virtual Map to search for places to worship in your community.

ballerinaEntertainment & Culture

National landmarks, famous museums, historic theaters, unique concert venues – and local ethnic, art and music festivals year-round – ensure that when work is done, there’s still plenty to do in Maryland. Whether your taste runs from Old Masters to modern art to visionary art, from history and heritage to arts and entertainment, Maryland’s museums, cultural venues and historic sites let you relive the past and explore the future.

Enjoy the music of world-traveled symphony orchestras, jazz, blues, rock, pop, salsa, soul, and swing, in grand symphony halls, outdoor amphitheaters, cozy clubs, or major league stadiums.

Fun times come naturally with visits to Maryland’s wine country, water gardens and arboretum, wildlife sanctuaries and zoos, state parks, national aquariums and science centersCivil War Battlefields and related museums preserve the state’s rich Civil War history. And maritime heritage is alive and well along the winding, scenic shores of the state’s greatest treasure, the Chesapeake Bay.

Maryland—there’s always something new to do or something old to discover!

baseball batterSports & Recreation

In Maryland, go pro with the Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins, Baltimore Blast and Chesapeake Bayhawks. Just down the road in Washington, D.C., the Washington Nationals compete in Major League Baseball’s National League, the Washington Capitals are on the ice at Verizon Center, and the Washington Wizards and Washington Mystics compete in the NBA and WNBA, respectively.

Minor league baseball fans can choose from a variety of teams, including the Bowie Baysox, Frederick Keys, Delmarva Shorebirds, Hagerstown Suns, and Cal Ripken’s Aberdeen IronBirds. For college sports lovers, Maryland schools field outstanding teams in football, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, and gymnastics. Maryland even has a strong presence in the Olympic Games, with athletes like Michael Phelps, Katie Hoff and Carmelo Anthony taking medals in the Summer Olympics. Skater Kimmie Meissner competed in the 2006 Winter Olympics.
Maryland hosts the Preakness Stakes, the second jewel in horse racing’s Triple Crown, and the Hunt Cup, the country’s oldest steeplechase race.  For those who prefer a faster pace, stock car racing takes place at tracks around the state.

The Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay, Susquehanna River and other waterways provide the best in canoeing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, sailing, paddle boating, power boating, scuba diving, parasailing, windsurfing, and jet skiing. Maryland’s bays, rivers, and the Atlantic Ocean offer first-class experiences for fishing enthusiasts. Water lovers take their fun seriously in Maryland! 

Go rock climbing in the Appalachian Mountains. Trek or bike the Appalachian Trail and other trails that crisscross the state. Camp out by the ocean on Assateague Island. Tee off on more than 200 golf courses, ace your serve on public and private tennis courts, or skate the indoor and outdoor ice rinks in communities, parks, and area resorts.  Explore and enjoy it all in Maryland.

sidewalk cafeShopping

Whether your style is classic or eclectic, formal or funky, it’s here.  Shop Maryland’s upscale department stores, exclusive shops, unique boutiques, outlet malls, crafts festivals, flea markets, and more!  Prestigious department stores like Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom’s, Lord & Taylor, and Macy’s anchor malls around the state.  Visit our Maryland Info.

Maryland’s good taste is celebrated in its restaurants.  From five-star establishments and ethnic eateries, to quaint country inns and taverns, fine cuisine is celebrated throughout Maryland.  Here you’ll find menus from around the world as well as Maryland’s own traditional fare- and famous streamed crabs.  The products of local microbreweries and wineries add a special flavor to the meal, making dining in Maryland an unsurpassed culinary experience.

Traveling - For Work or Play

Traveling for business or pleasure?  Whether by car, plane or train, to work or play, Maryland’s transportation network is a gateway to the world.


Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport  – and nearby Reagan National Airport and Dulles International Airport – help you make all the right connections.


Rail service connects you with destinations throughout the U.S.  With Baltimore’s historic Penn Station and stops in Aberdeen and at BWI, Amtrak makes train travel a breeze.  Amtrak passenger service, including the speedy Acela Express, puts New York less than three hours from Baltimore and operates through Maryland corridors.

Mass Transit

Commuter rail service via MARC trains transports you from Aberdeen to Washington and points in between. The state’s light rail system connects suburban commuters with downtown businesses and travelers with BWI Airport. Subway systems serve Baltimore and the Maryland suburbs surrounding Washington, D.C.  A well-developed transit network—buses, subway, light rail, or MARC Train system—serves urban and suburban communities and business centers in Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Frederick, Montgomery, and Prince George’s counties and Baltimore City.


Maryland offers a safe, efficient network of interstate roads including I-95 north and south and I-70 and Route 50 east and west.  The Maryland State Highway Administration keeps traffic running smoothly across the state.


With so many waterways so near work or play, Marylanders have adopted creative commuting options like water taxi, boat, canoe, and kayak as modes of travel!