Situated in the mid-Atlantic region, Maryland is in the Fourth Federal Circuit Court jurisdiction of the U.S. The capital city is Annapolis and its largest city is Baltimore. Nicknamed The Chesapeake State, Old Line State, and the Free State, Maryland is one of the original thirteen colonies. The state is considered the home of religious freedom, founded by George Calvert in 1632 as a refuge for persecuted Catholics from England.
Maryland was the seventh state to ratify the US Constitution and was critical in the founding of Washington D.C, which sits on land donated by Maryland. The state has one of the highest median average salaries because its proximity to the nation’s capital makes it home to government contracting jobs in aerospace and defense, as well as medical and bio-research laboratories.