Best & worst states: what is Maryland no. 1 at?

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Maryland is the state we all love and cherish. But in a purely patriotic manner, let's compare Maryland with the other states and see where we excel and where we still have to work.

Among Maryland's occasional nicknames are Old Line State, the Free State, and the Chesapeake Bay State. It is named after the English Queen Henrietta Maria, known in England as Queen Mary, who was the wife of King Charles I.

Sixteen of Maryland's twenty-three counties, as well as the city of Baltimore, border the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay estuary and its many tributaries, which combined total more than 4,000 miles of shoreline. Although one of the smallest states in the U.S., it features a variety of climates and topographical features that have earned it the moniker of America in Miniature. In a similar vein, Maryland's geography, culture, and history combine elements of the Mid-Atlantic, Northeastern, and Southern regions of the country.

Since the Second World War, the state's population has grown rapidly, to approximately six million residents, and it is among the most densely populated U.S. states. As of 2015, Maryland had the highest median household income of any state, owing in large part to its proximity to Washington, D.C. and a highly diversified economy spanning manufacturing, services, higher education, and biotechnology. The state's central role in U.S. history is reflected by its hosting of some of the highest numbers of historic landmarks per capita.

With that said, it is obvious that Maryland is a great U.S. power. These are the areas where Maryland stands out in front of other states:
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Best at: making millionaires

In just one year, Maryland increased its rate from 7.55% to 7.87% and added close to 8,000 millionaire households to get to 178,003 total across the state. To put it another way, more than 1 in 12 households in Maryland has at least $1 million to its name.

More, Maryland residents spend a total of $44,700 per capita. Of that number, roughly $9,738 is spent on housing and utilities and $7,191 goes toward health care. Approximately $2,751 is spent on outside food and beverages. The cost spent per capita on gasoline and other energy goods is $754. All other personal consumption expenditures total about $24,314.
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Worst at: retirement

Maryland is apparently considered the "worst" place to retire in the United States. A new list released by Moneywise, a digital personal finance publication, compliments the state of Maryland for it's great golfing, mountains and beaches and the easy access to any major population center.

However, the website notes the congested roads, "surprise tornadoes" and winter storms from the Atlantic Ocean are the main reasons to not retire in the state.

Moneywise also points out the state's high cost of living, taxes on IRAs and the above-average health care costs.

"Retirees in Maryland are bound to be crabby," says Moneywise, citing online business journal Kiplinger.
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Best at: highest median household income

Maryland residents are the most affluent in the country, with a median household income of $80,776 -- more than $20,000 higher than the U.S. median.
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Worst at: driving

Maryland is one of the worst states to drive in, study finds. According to a new WalletHub study, Maryland is one of the worst states for drivers. The site looked at factors including traffic congestion, average gas prices and auto theft rates. Maryland was ranked 47th on the list.

Bonus: crazy facts about Maryland

  1. The United States Naval Academy was founded on October 10, 1845 at Annapolis.
  2. In 1830 the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company built the first railroad station in Baltimore.
  3. During revolutionary times Rockville was known as Hungerford’s Tavern the name of its most familiar landmark. One of the first calls to freedom from British rule was heard at the tavern in 1774.
  4. King Williams School opened in 1696 it was the first school in the United States.
  5. The first dental school in the United States opened at the University of Maryland.
  6. Babe Ruth, the Sultan of Swat, was born in Baltimore and attended Saint Mary’s Industrial School.
  7. Tilghman Island is home to the Skipjacks, the only commercial sailing fleet in North America.
  8. The National Aquarium is located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
  9. The 1,200 foot Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore is the second longest continuous truss bridge in the nation.
  10. Annapolis is known as the sailing capital of the world.

What other facts do you know about Maryland? Comment below your thoughts!


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