USCG SFLC Baltimore
2407 Hawkins Point Rd., Curtis Bay, MD 21226
In Baltimore, the summers are hot and humid; the winters are very cold, wet, and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 30°F to 89°F and is rarely below 18°F or above 97°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.5 months, from May 30 to September 15, with an average daily high temperature above 79°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 89°F and low of 74°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.2 months, from December 1 to March 8, with an average daily high temperature below 52°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 30°F and high of 43°F.
The wetter season lasts 4.4 months, from April 12 to August 24, with a greater than 30% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 38% on July 14.
The drier season lasts 7.6 months, from August 24 to April 12. The smallest chance of a wet day is 21% on October 20.
Cost of Living
Residents in Baltimore, MD enjoy a cost of living index of 100. This index is 17% lower than the Maryland average, and equal to the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Baltimore, MD, the average cost of goods and services is 3% lower than it is in Maryland, and it is 6% higher than the national average.
Getting to Know the Area
Come for the spectacular seafood, the cultural extravaganza that is ArtScape, to visit Fort McHenry or to walk along the famous Inner Harbor. World-class museums, thriving arts and culture districts, history, nightlife, music and more make Baltimore the urban jewel of Chesapeake Bay. There is so much more in Baltimore!
You can tour Fort McHenry – the site of the battle that inspired Maryland-born Francis Scott Key to write the “Star-Spangled Banner,” then visit the house where the original flag was sewn. Baltimore is also the birthplace of modern railroading. The Baltimore and Ohio railroads were built there in the early 19th century and you can check out the first piece of track ever laid at the B&O Railroad Museum. The Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park celebrates the contributions of African-Americans in the city’s seafaring industry and chronicles Douglass and Myers’ lives in Baltimore. Then there’s the original Washington Monument – built in 1829, it was the first monument built in honor of our first president. You can climb the 227 steps to the top for a great view of the city.
The American Visionary Art Museum may just be one of the most unconventional museums around – as all of the works are done by self-taught creators. It’s also behind Baltimore’s annual Kinetic Sculpture Race – a head-turning competition of human-powered artworks that traverse both land and sea. For more classical art, turn to the Baltimore Museum of Art (with the world’s largest Matisse collection) or the Walters Art Museum, which just reopened its ornate 19th century mansion following a four-year renovation.
At the National Aquarium in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, you’ll find more than 20,000 sea critters. This massive aquatic wonderland has several fascinating exhibits – including Blacktip Reef, which features 3,000 pieces of manmade coral, a 500-pound green sea turtle and blacktip reef sharks. The newest addition is the Living Seashore, which has two touch pools where you can pet horseshoe crabs and stingrays.