Covering an area of 32,133.2 sq. km, the State of Maryland is located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.
As observed on the map, the eastern half of Maryland is dominated by the Chesapeake Bay and the surrounding estuaries and coastal plains. Numerous coves, creeks, salt marshes, and small islands are seen everywhere. Sandy beach fronts the Atlantic Ocean coastline along the edges of Assateague National Seashore.
The (mostly manmade) Chesapeake & Delaware Canal runs 14 miles long, 450 ft wide and 35 ft deep across Maryland and Delaware, connecting the Delaware River with the Chesapeake Bay. It's a modern sea-level, electronically controlled commercial waterway, carrying 40 percent of all ship traffic in and out of the Port of Baltimore.
The Delmarva Peninsula occupies portions of three U.S. states: Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. The peninsula is about 274km long and its land is mostly flat with a few low-lying hills. It is bordered by the Chesapeake Bay in the west and the Delaware River, Delaware Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean in the east.
To the northwest of Annapolis, the fertile land rises into the hills of the Piedmont Plateau, and then into the northern reaches of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
In the ‘panhandle’ area of the west, the Allegheny Mountains – which is a significant range of the Appalachian Mountains, cross the state and continues into Pennsylvania. This heavily forested area is crisscrossed by deep river valleys. Pointed on the map by an upright yellow triangle is the Backbone Mountain, which rises to an elevation of 3,360ft (1,024m). It is Maryland’s highest point that is located in south-western part of the Garrett County, on a ridge formed by the Allegheny and the Appalachian Mountains.
Forming the entire southern border of the state is Potomac - the most significant river of Maryland. To the northeast, the Susquehanna River drains into the Chesapeake Bay and in the central part, the Patuxent River empties into the southern reaches of the Bay. The State’s lowest point is the Atlantic Ocean (0ft).
The State of Maryland is divided into 24 counties. In alphabetical order, these counties are: Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince Georges, Queen Annes, Saint Marys, Somerset, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico, and Worcester.
With an area of 32,133.2 sq. km, the State of Maryland is among the smallest states in the US in terms of both area and population density. Located in Anne Arundel County, along the Severn River, at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay is Annapolis – the capital city of Maryland. Situated in the north-central part of the state is Baltimore – the largest and the most populous city of Maryland. Baltimore also serves as a major seaport and the economic center of the state.
The State of Maryland is located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Maryland is bordered by Pennsylvania in the north, by Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington D.C. in the west and south, and by Delaware and the Atlantic Ocean in the east.
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This page was last updated on February 25, 2021