Howard County is one of the most affluent, advanced and educated communities in the United States. National publications rank the county among the most technologically advanced communities in the country, which is not surprising based on the county's proximity to leading institutions of higher education. There is immediate access to leading educational and health care institutions, upscale retail, and outstanding recreation and entertainment.
Howard County offers a diverse range of communities: if you want a more urban feel, we've got it. If you prefer a suburban lifestyle, we've got it. Or, if country living suits you, we've got that too.
No wonder then that Money Magazine recently ranked Columbia #1 on their Best Places to Live 2016 list - the only Maryland location to be names to the list!
Columbia, Md., turns 50 next year, and it’s never looked better. One of the most successful planned communities in the country, Columbia is a magnet in the Baltimore–Washington corridor, attracting families in search of good schools and businesses hungry for educated employees.
A planned community—where covenants limit everything from new construction to the color you can paint your home—isn’t for everyone (though there are three of them in our Best Places top 10).
But Columbia is clearly thriving. It ranks in the top 5% of the 823 places on this year’s list for job growth and economic opportunity. The schools are among the state’s best. And in this pricey corner of the country, Columbia’s median home price is just over $300,000, 11% less than in Gaithersburg, one county over. “I sometimes tell people this is a little bit like the Land of Oz,” says Gary Ahrens, a retired high school teacher and counselor who sells real estate for Keller Williams.
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Howard County boasts a thriving and vibrant economy, which makes it the first choice for smart businesses looking to start or expand in the Mid-Atlantic. Add in its central location between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. and you have a real win-win. Howard County also offers more than 70-million square feet of commercial space, providing businesses with the perfect location to do business.
Howard County is continually ranked among the most affluent, advanced and educated communities in the United States. There is immediate access to leading educational and health care institutions, upscale retail, and outstanding recreation and entertainment.