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Scientists are concentrated here: One of the country's largest centers of research and development in the life sciences, Maryland is also home to the Goddard Space Flight Center, the National Institutes of Health, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, and many more public and private scientific institutions.
Maryland's housing market is getting stronger: According to Metrostudy, a national housing data and consulting firm, Maryland will see an increase in new house construction in coming months. The market added 7,600 new units of housing in the state during 2012 (some are even rent to own!), and the trend is expected to continue.
Spectacular birding: Cranesville Subarctic Swamp, in Western Maryland, was formed 15,000 years ago after the Ice Age. It's home to birds and plants that are usually only found in the far northern regions of the U.S. and Canada. Patuxent Research Refuge is home to a year-round population of waterfowl, and offers a modern visitors' center as well.
Low unemployment helps the housing market: Closings on new homes for sale have increased slightly in 2013, continuing a fourth quarter of increases. This improvement is partly due to a relatively strong job market; Unemployment in the Baltimore (7.7%) and DC (5.5%) areas continues to be lower than the 8.1 % national average.
Step into the 19th century: The Cumberland Full Scale Boat Replica gives a window into how people used to live along the canals. The boat even features an on-board stable and hay house. On the eastern shore, the "107 House," an 1810 Colonial house has been fully restored and offers tours.
It's a great time to make a profitable sale: Low inventory and extremely high demand for Maryland for sale by owner homes have resulted in bidding wars in Baltimore. In the past five months, nearly 100 homes were purchased within 24 hours of being posted for sale.
It's bright green: "Forbes" magazine ranks Maryland as the 5th most environmentally conscious state in the nation, and it ranks 40th in terms of the amount of energy consumed. It's a member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, along with other northeastern states and Canadian provinces.
Howard County is an affordable housing hot spot: With one of the highest median incomes in the United States, Howard County is nevertheless an excellent location for affordable housing. A middle income household will have a lot of options to choose among there.
Recognition for visionaries: The American Visionary Art Museum features exhibitions of art arising from dreams, memories, hopes and ideals. The Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center offers a walk through garden and woods, in which whimsical fairy houses and outdoor sculptures are scenically placed.
Distressed property is easier to acquire: Maryland's WTOP radio reports that short sales are becoming more common as a method of selling distressed properties. Banks often prefer short sales, since regular foreclosures tend to be lengthy and difficult.
Ponies: Assateague Island National Seashore is a 37-mile long barrier island, preserved in its unspoiled condition. It is home to a population of wild horses, which live and graze on its grassy dunes. A 90-minute narrated nature cruise, leaving from Ocean City, is available to view the ponies and marine life.
Maryland is protective of rent to own purchasers: The state of Maryland has a rental-purchase agreement act written into state law, so that tenant-buyers' rights regarding their rental homes are respected in every way by landlords.
Adventure: Close to the nation's capital, Adventure Park USA is Maryland's largest amusement park. With family entertainment including a rock wall, bumper boats, go-carts, roller coaster, ropes course and miniature golf course, Adventure Park is the perfect fun break after visiting Washington DC.
The best neighborhood schools in the United States: Education Week has designated Maryland's schools as the nation's very best for four years in a row. This is likely the result of the concentration of research and technology institutions, as well as the fact that Maryland is also the nation's wealthiest state.
Relive the Civil War: Maryland's loyalties were split between north and south during the Civil War, and for that reason it was a battleground state. Visit Antietam and Monocacy to walk in the places where history was made.
Fresh and salt water boating: At Bladensburg Waterfront Park on the Anacostia River, visitors can rent canoes and other types of watercraft. Next to the river is a walking tour to learn about the War of 1812 battle that took place in that location. Two-hour sailing trips are also available on Chesapeake Bay, on the Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester.
Be spooked: The historic milltown of Ellicott City boasts its own "Haunted History of Olde Ellicott City Ghost Tour." As you walk the streets you will learn more about the past of one of the country's most haunted locations.
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