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Baltimore County is located in the geographic center of Maryland and surrounds the City of Baltimore almost completely. Its location is in a metropolitan area with a population in excess of 2.6 million. The City of Baltimore and Baltimore County are separate political units.

Over the past two decades, the county has shifted from predominantly rural to a suburban and rural mix. Within its 612 square miles (plus an additional 28 square miles of water) are situated at least 29 identifiable unincorporated communities, which, as of 2000, ranged in population from approximately 5,000 to 63,000.

The county’s seat of government is located in Towson. Today, the county maintains the third-highest population and the largest land area of any political subdivision in the state of Maryland.

Baltimore County enjoys convenient access to various modes of transportation. Major interstates 95, 695, 83, 70 and MD Route 43 all make for quick commutes to numerous destinations. Baltimore County is also close to the Port of Baltimore, which is responsible for many overseas importing and exporting activities. Rail services are provided by MARC, which offers local commuter service, and Amtrak, which allows for interstate travel. The Maryland Mass Transit Administration is responsible for public transportation in the form of bus, light rail and subway service. In addition, the Thurgood Marshall Baltimore Washington International Airport services many major carriers providing flights to national and international destinations.

As an added feature, Country Ride Service, a specialized transportation program, extends service to Baltimore County’s senior, disabled and rural population.

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