Need to know.
Only in Baltimore
Baltimore is a city of distinct neighborhoods that reveal a rich history, each one more interesting and colorful than the next. (Although Hampden may take the cake in the colorful department!) It’s a city of beer-loving, food-loving, music-loving, sports-loving folks—gritty and real against the backdrop of some of the most amazing architecture and public spaces you have ever seen.
Baltimore definitely dances to it’s own beat. Super-casual, but with its own style and flair. Think hipster-meets-rockabilly-meets-hippie-meets-jock! When in doubt, go casual! If you’re relocating here, fight the feeling of being under-dressed and embrace the comfort. The city places an emphasis on authenticity and Honey House always says BE YOU!
The weather in Baltimore is fairly mild all year round. Baltimore’s annual average temp is 55.1 degrees Fahrenheit. Hottest in July, averaging in the mid to upper 80s. Definitely coldest in January, averaging in the low to mid 20s. It rains 40.76 inches a year, at it’s peak in July and August when thunderstorms average once every five days. And the average snowfall is about 20 inches.
Driving and Traffic
Ok, so this is the bad news about B’More. It’s not a great city to drive in. It ranks lower than NYC, Philly and L.A. Why? Well people are definitely not super nice on the roads. They don’t use blinkers and they won’t hesitate to scream at you at the top of their lungs or cut you off. There is ALWAYS construction and tons of potholes. That being said, the traffic isn’t that bad unless there is a game!! So chill out, breathe deep and be grateful that you’ll get through it fast!
You’re required to register your car in Maryland within 60 days of moving to the state. Make sure to get your car inspected BEFORE you go to register it. (Including window tints which must be at 35% or you fail!) You have to have your title or have it sent to the MVA if you have a leased vehicle. Insiders tip: have the MVA request the title by fax from your lienholder and insist on it being sent with a tracking number. Then be patient. This process will likely take 60 days and will be somewhat frustrating. See the MVA’s Vehicle Registration Information for complete details and MVA locations. You’re gonna get hit with the excise tax, the title recording fee and tag fees. It can be pretty hefty so good to know now and research ahead of time.
This town is NOT known for its fabulous public transportation. The four choices are the bus, MARC train, Light Rail, and Metro subway. It’s reported that the buses are totally unreliable. The metro only runs east-west. Light Rail runs north-south. The free Charm City Circulator runs seven days a week, connects parking areas, Amtrak, MARC, Light Rail, the Metro Subway, and the Water Taxi Harbor Connector. The GREAT news is that the Amtrak trains to DC, Philly or NY are a breeze and you can easily live in Baltimore and relax on the train in and out.
More good news! Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) in Baltimore has great prices on flights compared to DC, or NYC… so pack your bags and take advantage of it! Parking at the airport is also pretty easy. Southwest has a hub here as well. Cheaper flights and easy to park? A great way to start a get-a-away!