My home town stays in the top 10 baby !!! 9. Baltimore Population: 614,664 Median home value: $153,500 Poverty rate: 21.9% Pct. with at least a bachelor's degree:30.8% Baltimore's median annual household income of $47,350 is the lowest of any city in Maryland. The city's poor households face additional strain because of the high cost of living. Goods and services are about 12% more expensive in Baltimore than they are nationwide on average. Long commutes cut into personal time and can diminish overall quality of life. In Baltimore, a city with some of the most congested roadways in the country, the average commute time is over half an hour, longer than in the vast majority of American cities.