A densely populated suburb south of Baltimore City and east of Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), Glen Burnie serves as home to nearly 70,000 residents. Due in large part to its close proximity to Annapolis, Downtown Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.—three of the nation’s most active and vibrant economic centers—the area attracts a diverse population ranging from families to young professionals.
Perhaps the most significant driver of the local economy is the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center, a 319-bed suburban hospital that employees more than 800 physicians and over 2,800 nurses, administrators, and staff. The hospital is a member of the prestigious University of Maryland Medical System, and was ranked in the top 5% of hospitals nationwide. Another transformative force in the region is BWI Airport, which has the greatest daily passenger count of the three major airports serving the Baltimore-Washington Corridor. In addition to the 11,000 personnel directly employed by the airport, the hub contributes an estimated 105,000 jobs and about $7 billion in annual revenue to the State of Maryland. Recently, Columbia, MD-based Waldon Studio Architects, in conjunction with Dillon Partners, announced plans of a phased development study of a 100,000-square-foot mixed-use project in a BWI airport flight path that will serve the airline as well as the government contracting industry. Nearby Fort Meade, which houses the National Security Agency and United States Cyber Command, employs more than 42,000 military and civilian personnel, contractors, and staff.