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About Maryland

​​​​​​​Here at the Maryland Department of Commerce, we have plenty of information to help you discover why Maryland is a great place to live and work. 

Rich Concentration of Assets

Situated in one of the nation’s busiest corridors, halfway between Boston and Atlanta, Maryland’s strategic location offers a peerless concentration of assets per square mile — all easily accessible.
  • 42nd in square miles
  • 19th in population — 6 million
  • 57 institutions of higher learning
  • 350+ federal and academic research centers 
  • 17 military installations

Our Why Maryland page​ provides more quick facts about everything Maryland has to offer. Or if you are looking for a more technical printable overview, download our Brief Economic Facts​. In this document, we've compiled all the basics for you - population, tax rates, employment numbers, income, transportation infrastructure as well as educational resources. ​

The Counties of Maryland

From the Appalachian Mountains to the waters of the Chesapeake​ Bay, Maryland offers a little bit of everything. Use the interactive map below for a quick description of each county and a contact at the local economic development office. 

If you are interested in seeing how the counties compare to each other, please check out our Maryland Data Explorer tool.

FEATURED BUSINESS: Bambeco

Bambeco​ CEO Susan Aplin talks about why Maryland is an "excellent choice" to locate a business, citing the port, thriving clean energy industry, the Maryland Venture Fund, technology incubators and successful consumer product brand powerhouses like Maryland's home-grown Under Armour.​