The wealthiest state of USA, Maryland is nicknamed the Free State and the Chespeake Bay State. Located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, it borders Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia to its South and West; Pennsylvania to the North and Delaware to the East. Though it is one of the smallest states, it is one of the most populous.
Maryland has a varied climate. The eastern half of Maryland has humid subtropical climate with hot and humid summers and short cool winters. The western regions have humid continental climate where seasonal snowfall exceeds 20 inches. Maryland averages around 30–40 days of thunderstorms a year, and averages around six tornado strikes annually.
The reason why Maryland is the wealthiest state in the US is because it has the highest median household income. Its Howard County is the third and Montgomery is the 10th wealthiest county in the United States. Its economy is majorly centered on tertiary service sector including transportation, railway and trucking. Another service activity takes advantage of the close location of the center of government in Washington, D.C. and emphasizes technical and administrative tasks for the defense/aerospace industry and bio-research laboratories, as well as staffing of satellite government headquarters in the suburban or exurban Baltimore/Washington area. Maryland also has a large food-production sector. The gross state product of Maryland in 2013 is $344.7 billion.
The largest undergraduate institution in Maryland is the University of Maryland Collegepark and Towson University is the second largest. The first public university in the state is the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
The majority of public universities in the state are affiliated with the University System of Maryland. The only institutions that are not affiliated to this system are Morgan State University and St Mary’s College of Maryland – which are state-funded and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and United States Naval Academy- which are federally funded.
The top Universities/ colleges in Maryland are :
|University/College||US News and World Report Rank||Tuition Fee|
|John Hopkins University, Baltimore||National Universities #12||$45,470|
|University of Maryland, Collegepark||National Universities #62||$28,348|
|University of Maryland, Baltimore County||National Universities #158||$21,642|
|Morgan State University, Baltimore||National Universities (Rank not published)||$16,632|
|Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore||Regional Universities #5||$41,850|
|Towson University, Towson||Regional Universities #54||$20,020|
|University of Baltimore, Baltimore||Regional Universities #87||$17,914|
|Frostburg State University, Frostburg||Regional Universities #135||$18,376|
|United State Naval Academy, Annapolis||National Liberal Arts Colleges, #12||Not disclosed|
|St. Mary's College of Maryland, St Mary’s City||National Liberal Arts Colleges #89||$28,665|
According to US News and World Report, the average base salary of a graduate from University of Maryland Collegepark was $92,938 in 2013. The U.S. Naval Academy had a starting salary of $77,100 this year, said payscale.com.