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Baltimore is an independent city and the largest city in the state of Maryland in the United States.
The city is a major U.S. seaport, situated closer to major Midwestern markets than any other major
seaport on the East Coast.
As of 2006, the population of Baltimore City was 640,961. The Baltimore Metropolitan Area,
which includes the city's surrounding suburbs, has approximately 2.6 million residents.
Baltimore is the largest city in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area (CSA) of approximately
8.1 million residents. Baltimore's metropolitan area is the 20th largest in the country.
The city is named after the founding proprietor of the Maryland Colony, Lord Baltimore in the
Irish House of Lords. Baltimore himself took his title from a place named Baltimore in Ireland,
which is an Anglicized form of the Irish language Baile an Tí Mhoir, meaning "Town of the Big House."
Baltimore in County Cork was the seat of Lord Baltimore.
Baltimore became the second leading port of entry for immigrants to the United States during
Once an industrial town with an economic base in manufacturing, Baltimore's economy has
shifted primarily to a service sector-oriented, with the largest employer no longer Bethlehem Steel
but Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Because there is also a Baltimore County surrounding (but not including) the city,
it is sometimes referred to as Baltimore City when a clear distinction is desired.
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