|Area||12,000 sq. mi.|
Maryland is a U.S. state in the Northeast. Maryland borders Pennsylvania to the north, Delaware to the east, Virginia and the District of Columbia to the south, and West Virginia to the west. The capital of Maryland is Annapolis, and the largest city is Baltimore. Maryland has a long coast with the Chesapeake Bay, and eastern Maryland is part of the Delmarva Peninsula. The state was founded by the Catholic Calvert family and still has a strong Catholic presence. It was one of the original Thirteen Colonies prior to the American Revolutionary War. Maryland contains some of the wealthiest regions of the United States, mostly in Montgomery County.