Unemployment rate: 7.1%
Cost of living index: 119.4
Mean annual income: $50,750
Top industries: manufacturing, financial service, business service, and health care
The port city of Baltimore is not as driven by industries such as steel and auto manufacturing as it once was. A service-oriented economy has developed. “Charm City is a friendly place to live and play, with a diverse cultural scene and more than 200 unique neighborhoods to call home,” says Aragon.