We’ve heard about the MARC commute, lower cost of living and the dive bars that make Baltimore a solid choice for people looking to live outside DC. Now the numbers back it up.
According to a Washington Business Journal report, the landscaping service LawnStarter concluded that more people leaving DC move to Baltimore than any other city. Baltimore gains about 23,000 residents departing the District each year, which is far more than the next closest city. Richmond absorbs about 10,000 residents.
Coupled with the fact that DC is losing population, those kinds of stats make hate from DC writers look more like denial than shade. Maybe WaPo’s travel desk will find some clicks elsewhere. We can hope, right?
It also might be a sign that the two cities are getting closer. Along with the advantages of Baltimore mentioned above, the other is proximity to the nation’s capital. The idea that the two areas are merging isn’t new, even if it seems like a cultural leap.