Maryland Facts for Kids

A Map of the U.S. state Maryland
  • U.S. State: Maryland
  • Abbreviation: MD
  • Joined the USA: April 28th, 1788 (7th State)
  • Located: Northeastern United States
  • Capital City: Annapolis, MD
  • Most Populated City: Baltimore, MD

31 Maryland Facts for Kids

  1. Maryland is a state in the United States of America.
  2. Maryland became a U.S. State on Monday, April 28, 1788.
  3. Maryland was the 7th state to join the United States.
  4. The U.S. state of Maryland covers 12,407 square miles.
  5. Maryland is the 42nd largest state by area in the United States.
  6. In 2019, the population of Maryland was estimated to be 6,046,000 residents by the U.S. Census Bureau.
  7. In 2019, Maryland was the 19th most populated state in the United States.
  8. A person who is from or lives in Maryland is called a Marylander.
  9. The capital city of Maryland is Annapolis.
  10. The five most populated cities in Maryland are Baltimore, Frederick, Rockville, Gaithersburg and Bowie.
  11. The largest city by population in Maryland is Baltimore.
  12. The largest metropolitan area in Maryland is the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area.
  13. The U.S. state of Maryland has 24 counties.
  14. The most populated county in Maryland is Montgomery County with 1,051,000 residents (2019, U.S. Census Bureau).
  15. The largest county by area in Maryland is Worcester County with 695 square miles.
  16. The highest elevation point in Maryland is Backbone Mountain with a summit at 3,360 feet above sea level.
  17. The lowest elevation point in Maryland is the shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean at sea level.
  18. The average precipitation (rain and snow) in Maryland is 42.7 inches.
  19. Maryland is the 24th wettest state by precipitation (rain and snow) in the United States.
  20. The average temperature in Maryland is 54.6 °F.
  21. Maryland is the 20th warmest state in the United States.
  22. The warmest temperature ever recorded in Maryland was 109 °F on July 10th, 1936.
  23. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Maryland was -40 °F on January 13, 1912.
  24. A few natural disasters that can affect Maryland are heat waves, hurricanes, ice storms and nor’easters.
  25. Maryland is in one time zone, Eastern Time Zone (ET).
  26. The USPS abbreviation for Maryland is MD.
  27. Maryland is also known as the Free State and the Old Line State.
  28. The official state bird of Maryland is the Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula).
  29. The official state dinosaur of Maryland is the Astrodon (Astrodon johnstoni).
  30. The official state flower of Maryland is the black-eyed susan (Rudbeckia hirta).
  31. The official state tree of Maryland is the White oak (Quercus alba).

Additional Resources on Maryland

  • About Maryland – Learn about the U.S. state of Maryland on the Visit Maryland website.
  • History of Maryland – Discover the history of the U.S. state of Maryland on the History Channel website.
  • Facts About Maryland – Find more facts about the U.S. state of Maryland on the Maryland State Government website.
  • Maryland – Wikipedia – Read the Wikipedia article on the U.S. state of Maryland to learn more about it.