Annapolis, Maryland

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Annapolis is a city located in the central, southern portion of the present-day U.S. state of Maryland.  Prior to occupation by those of European descent, this area was inhabited by the Algonquin peoples.  However, by the time the Europeans actually arrived, the Algonquins had been driven out by the Susquehannock tribe.  The city of Annapolis itself was founded in 1649 by Puritan exiles.  Annapolis, Maryland was named in honor of Princess Anne of Denmark & Norway.  The city was officially incorporated in 1708.

Today, according to a 2016 report by the U.S. Census Bureau, Annapolis, Maryland has a total population of 39,418 people.  The city also serves as the capital of Maryland.  Annapolis, Maryland is considered part of the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area.  According to a 2013 report by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area has a total population of 9,331,587 people.  This makes it the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the United States.

Historically, the city of Annapolis, Maryland served as the seat of the Confederation Congress, which was formerly known as the Second Continental Congress.  On top of this, Annapolis, Maryland also served as the temporary national capital of the United States in 1783-1784.  In fact, General George Washington resigned his commission as Commander of the Continental Army at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Maryland.

Today, the Maryland State House holds the distinction of being the oldest U.S. state capitol in continuous legislative use, dating all the way back to 1772.  Envisioned by the architect Joseph Horatio Anderson in the Georgian style of architecture, the Maryland State House is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is considered a U.S. National Historic Landmark.  Even so, to this day, it houses the Maryland General Assembly and the offices of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Maryland.

According to Annapolis, Maryland’s 2009 City Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the two largest employers in the city are Anne Arundel Medical Center, providers of 2,800 local jobs, and the United States Naval Academy, which employs 2,052 people.  Annapolis, Maryland is also home to St. John’s College, which was established as King William’s School in 1696.  St. John’s College is now a private liberal arts college “known for its distinctive curriculum centered on reading and discussing the ‘Great Books of Western Civilization.’”  About 1,000 students are enrolled into its programs in total, and as of 2015 it had an endowment of $157.295 million.

As for the United States Naval Academy, this four-year coeducational federal service academy was first established in 1845.  It holds the distinction of being the second oldest of the United States’ five service academies, “and educates officers for commissioning primarily into the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps.  The United States Naval Academy boasts a 338-acre campus, is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, and is considered a U.S. National Historic Landmark District.  The Navy’s Midshipmen play in NCAA Division I – Patriot League and have 68 non-NCAA national team titles and 5 NCAA team national championships to their name.  As for professional franchises, Annapolis, Maryland is home to the Chesapeake Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse.  They play their home games at Navy-Marine Corps. Memorial Stadium, and have five Steinfeld Cups to their names.

Any chance you might be the owner of a small business in and/or around the Annapolis, Maryland area?  Ever thought about becoming one?  If you do so choose, the resources listed below could help guide you:

Apply for a Business License in Annapolis, Maryland:

Start a Business in Annapolis, Maryland:

Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce:

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