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Central Maryland
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson Metropolitan Area
Metropolitan statistical area
Baltimore's Inner Harbor
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
U.S. state/federal district Flag of Maryland.svg Maryland
Principal municipalities Baltimore, Columbia, Towson
Population (2014)
 • Metropolitan statistical area 2,710,489 (20th)
 • Urban (19th)
 • Urban density 401.1/km2 (1,038.9/sq mi)
 • CSA 9,331,587 (4th)
  MSA = 2014, CSA = 2012, Urban & Densities = 2010
Time zone ET (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EST (UTC−4)

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.


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