Hancock: Baltimore City 'holding its own'
The average city home sold for 4 percent less in December than it did a year previously. Howard County house prices, meanwhile, plopped down 10 percent during the same period.
Credit Baltimore's mature neighborhoods, which weren't subject to the nutty speculation and pell-mell construction that occurred in some areas. But also give props to the city's comeback as a desirable place for those with options to live elsewhere. ...
While Baltimore lost nearly 90,000 residents in the 1990s, its population has been stable at 640,000 for five years, according to Census Bureau estimates. One reason: You can work in the city without worrying so much that your job is about to vanish. Today's Baltimore specializes in health care, education and government, sectors least hurt by the recession.