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Central Maryland
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson Metropolitan Area
Baltimore's Inner Harbor
Counties of the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson Metropolitan area highlighted in red.
Counties of the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson Metropolitan area highlighted in red.
Country United States
State Maryland
Principal municipalities Baltimore, Columbia, Towson
 • Metropolitan area 2,844,510 (20th)
 • Urban
 • Urban density 1,038.9/sq mi (401.1/km2)
 • CSA
9,973,383 (3rd)
  MSA = 2020,
CSA = 2020,
Urban & Densities = 2010
Time zone UTC−5 (ET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EST)

The Baltimore–Columbia–Towson Metropolitan Statistical Area, also known as Central Maryland, is a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in Maryland as defined by the United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB). As of the 2010 Census, the combined population of the seven counties is 2,710,489. The MSA has the fourth-highest median household income in the United States, at $66,970 in 2012.


The area includes the following counties:

Principal cities

The metropolitan area includes the following principal communities :

It also includes several other communities (not necessarily incorporated as cities or towns):

In addition to its technical metropolitan area, Baltimore also receives a large number of commuters from cities such as York, Pennsylvania and the Washington Metropolitan Area.


Sports teams in metropolitan Baltimore

  • Baltimore OriolesMajor League Baseball (since 1954)
  • Baltimore RavensNational Football League (since 1996)
  • Baltimore Burn – Women's Spring Football League (since 2001)
  • Baltimore Nighthawks – Independent Women's Football League (since 2008)
  • Charm City Roller Girls – Women's Flat Track Derby Association (since 2006)
  • Coppin State Eagles
  • Johns Hopkins Blue Jays, competes in Division I for men's and women's lacrosse only
  • Loyola Greyhounds
  • Morgan State Bears

In Baltimore County:

  • Towson Tigers, in Towson
  • UMBC Retrievers, in Catonsville
  • Baltimore Blast – Major Arena Soccer League (since 2014)

In Anne Arundel County:

See also

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