This page contains a wealth of information on the state of Maryland. Please click on the type of the fact that you are interested in:
Geography & Demographics
||Total (Land + Water): 12,407 sq miles; Land Only: 9,774 sq miles|
|Number of Counties
||Eastern Time Zone|
||Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia|
|Highest Point||Hoye-Crest, 3,360 feet|
|State Population (2015)||6,006,401|
|State Population Density||614.5 people / square mile|
||227, 240, 249, 280, 301, 410, 443, 667|
|Top 5 Cities (2010 population)
Government & Legislature
|State Cat||Calico cat|
|State Crustacean||Blue crab|
|State Dessert||Smith Island cake|
|State Dinosaur||Astrodon johnstoni|
|State Dog||Chesapeake Bay retriever|
|State Folk Dance||Square dance|
|State Fossil Shell||Ecphora gardnerae gardnerae (Wilson)|
|State Gem||Patuxent river stone|
|State Horse||Thoroughbred horse|
|State Insect||Baltimore checkerspot butterfly|
||Fatti maschii, parole femine (Manly deeds, womanly words)|
||Free State; Old Line State|
|State Reptile||Diamondback terrapin|
|State Team Sport||Lacrosse|
Popular Tourist Attractions
- Chesapeake Bay Bridge: Dual-span bridge spanning the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.
- Merriweather Post Pavilion: Performing arts theater in Columbia, Maryland.
- Six Flags America: Theme park in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
- National Aquarium: Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland.
- Fort McHenry: National monument and historic shrine located in Baltimore, Maryland.
- Deep Creek Lake: Man-made lake in western Maryland.
- Port Discovery: Children's museum in Baltimore, Maryland.
- American Visionary Art Museum: Art museum in Baltimore, Maryland.
- Adventure Park USA: Amusement center in Monrovia, Maryland.
- Baltimore Inner Harbor: Historic seaport in Baltimore, Maryland.
- Baltimore Museum of Art: Art museum in Baltimore, Maryland.
- Brookside Gardens: Botanical garden in Wheaton-Glenmont, Maryland.
- Maryland Science Center: Science museum in Baltimore, Maryland.
- Sandy Point State Park: 786-acre state park located along the northwestern shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.
- Walters Art Museum: Art museum in Baltimore, Maryland.
- Jolly Roger Amusement Park: Amusement park in Ocean City, Maryland.
- Maryland Zoo: Zoo in Baltimore, Maryland.
- Ocean City Boardwalk: Entertainment district along the Atlantic coast in Ocean City, Maryland.
Famous People Born In Maryland
Nobel Prize Winners
- Peyton Rous (Physiology or Medicine, 1966)
- Martin Rodbell (Physiology or Medicine, 1994)
Baseball Hall Of Fame Players
- Babe Ruth (Right Fielder. Inducted in 1936)
- Lefty Grove (Pitcher. Inducted in 1947)
- Jimmie Foxx (First Baseman. Inducted in 1951)
- Frank Baker (Third Baseman. Inducted in 1955)
- Judy Johnson (Third Baseman. Inducted in 1975)
- Al Kaline (Right Fielder. Inducted in 1980)
- Vic Willis (Pitcher. Inducted in 1995)
- Cal Ripken, Jr. (Shortstop. Inducted in 2007)
Famous Actors And Actresses
- Julie Bowen
- Anna Faris
- David Hasselhoff
- Toni Braxton
- Julienne Irwin
- Scott Weinrich
Maryland Fun Facts
- The state of Maryland was named after Queen Henrietta Maria, who was the wife of England King Charles I.
- The Court of Appeals of Maryland is the only court in the United States whose judges wear red robes.
- The Maryland State House in Annapolis is the oldest state capitol still in continuous legislative use. It is also the only state house ever to have served as the nation's capitol, from 1783 to 1784.
- Havre de Grace is known as the "Decoy Capital of the World." The city also hosts the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum.
- Maryland gave up some of its land to form Washington D.C.
- Maryland is commonly referred to as “America in Miniature” and sometimes “Little America” because it’s home to just about any type of nature feature, other than a desert.
- Maryland was the first state to enact Workmen's Compensation laws in 1902.
- The national anthem of the United States, The Star-Spangled Banner, was written by Francis Scott Key on September 13, 1814, after he witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry by the British during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812.
- Maryland is the only state in the United States with an official State Exercise: walking.
- The longest escalator in the United States is in the Wheaton Station of the Washington Metro in Montgomery County, Maryland. It is 230 feet long.
- In the city of Rockville, swearing on the road is a misdemeanor.
This page was last updated on October 20, 2016.