Maryland is a state located in the Mid Atlantic
region of the United States, bordering Virginia, West Virginia and the District of
Columbia to the south and west, Pennsylvania
to the north, and Delaware to the east. It is comparable in size to the European country of Belgium.According to the U.S.
Census Bureau, Maryland has the highest median household income of any
having surpassed New Jersey in 2006; Maryland's
median household income was $68,080 in 2007. For 2009, Maryland ranked first---for
the third year in a row---as the U.S. state
with the highest median income for 2008, with a median income of $70,545. It was the seventh state to
ratify the United States Constitution and
bears two nicknames, the Old Line State and the Free State.