Moving to the Old Line State
Situated in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US, Maryland was named after the English Queen Henrietta Maria of France. It is often called the Old Line State due to its Mount Clare Station, the first railroad station in the US that was built in Baltimore in 1830.
Also called the Free State and the Chesapeake Bay State, Maryland is the 9th smallest state in the US in terms of area but with a population of over 6 million people, it also has the 5th highest population density. Home to arguably the best crabs in the world, Maryland is well known for its great seafood. But that is not the only reason why you should move there!
Economy and employment
Maryland boasts the highest median household income in the nation as well as diverse, booming economy that continues to outperform every year. According to maryland.gov, in 2015, Maryland ranked first in the US with a median household income of $75,847, 2.4% higher compared to 2014.
The State is a noted leader in manufacturing services, biotechnology, information technology, telecommunications, as well as aerospace and defense. It offers plenty of jobs in technology and trade industries as well as in science, engineering, and mathematics. As of February, Maryland has an unemployment rate of 4.2% and the lowest poverty rate in the country at 7.8%.
Housing and living costs
Maryland’s housing and living costs are considerably higher than those of Texas. Comparing housing and living costs of Austin, TX and Annapolis, MD, the latter is 17% more expensive with housing up to 32% more expensive than Austin. If you want to take a job in D.C. but prefer to commute every day in order to avoid living in the US expensive capital, Maryland offers plenty of affordable cities for you to settle: Eldersburg, Odenton, Ellicott City, Towson, Severna Park, Catonsville, and Annapolis.
Located right next to Washington D.C., Maryland allows its residents to enjoy all the perks of the nation’s capital without having to carry all the expenses of living in D.C. No wonder why a lot of people decide to move to Maryland each year.
Texas climate VS Maryland climate
Texas has a humid subtropical mixed with the cold semi-arid climate. Maryland, in turn, has a variety of climates based on which part of the state you will relocate. If you want to move from Texas to get away from all its humidity and hot summers, Maryland may not be the perfect place for you. The summer season in the state is also hot and humid, not as extreme as in Texas though. The East Coast in Maryland has an annual rainfall of 35-45 inches, and whichever part of Maryland you pick, you will get at least 3.5–4.5 inches of rain every month.
What to do once you move to the Free State?
Maryland is often nicknamed as “America in Miniature.” For such a small state, it has a lot to offer. Among the things that are a must-see in Maryland are the iconic National Aquarium with over 17,000 specimens, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Assateague Island National Seashore, Antietam National Battlefield, the Blue Ridge Mountains, Six Flags America amusement park, Port Discovery, American Visionary Art Museum, and B&O Railroad Museum, just to mention a few.
If you love to be out in nature, Maryland is the perfect spot in the States. With 4 seasons, plenty of mountains, farms, big cities, and lovely beaches, Maryland will surely keep you busy year around.
Moving to MD with your car
Once you establish your move in Maryland, you will have 60 days to register your vehicle with the MVA and transfer your out-of-state driver’s license. To register your car, you are also required to get the appropriate auto insurance coverage. In case you own a commercial driver’s license (CDL), you will have only 30 days to transfer your license.