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.
- Baltimore City
- Anne Arundel County
- Baltimore County
- Carroll County
- Harford County
- Howard County
- Queen Anne's County
The metropolitan area includes the following principal communities :
It also includes several other communities (not necessarily incorporated as cities or towns):
- Aberdeen, Maryland
- Annapolis, Maryland
- Bel Air, Maryland
- Catonsville, Maryland
- Dundalk, Maryland
- Ellicott City, Maryland
- Glen Burnie, Maryland
- Havre de Grace, Maryland
- Joppatowne, Maryland
- Owings Mills, Maryland
- Westminster, Maryland
Companies in metropolitan Baltimore
Greater Baltimore (the city and surrounding suburbs in Baltimore County) is home to four Fortune 1000 companies: Grace Chemicals (in Columbia), Legg Mason, T. Rowe Price, and McCormick & Company (in Hunt Valley). Other companies that call Greater Baltimore home include AAI Corporation (in Hunt Valley), Adams Express Company, Brown Advisory, FTI Consulting, Petroleum & Resources Corporation, Vertis, Prometric, Sylvan Learning, Laureate Education, Under Armour, Polk Audio, DAP, 180s, DeBaufre Bakeries, Wm. T. Burnett & Co, Old Mutual Financial Network, Firaxis Games (in Sparks), Sinclair Broadcast Group (in Hunt Valley), Fila USA (in Sparks), Online Trading Academy and JoS. A. Bank Clothiers (in Hampstead).
Government and infrastructure
The capital of Maryland and the agencies of the Maryland state government are located in the Baltimore MSA, mainly in Annapolis and Baltimore City. The area is also home to the National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters in Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County, as well as the Social Security Administration in Woodlawn in Baltimore County.
Sports teams in metropolitan Baltimore
- Baltimore Orioles – Major League Baseball (since 1954)
- Baltimore Ravens – National Football League (since 1996)
- Baltimore Blast – Major Indoor Soccer League (since 1998)
- 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:
In Anne Arundel County:
- "Current Employment Statistics (CES) Metropolitan Area Definitions". Bureau of Labor Statistics. November 14, 2005. Retrieved 2008-02-19.
- "MSA Bulletin 2003 Attachment, Revised 07/07/03". Office of Management and Budget. Archived from the original on 27 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-20.
- Berman, Dori (2006). "Commuter bus line may link York, Pa. and Hunt Valley". The Daily Record.