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Interior view of the Columbia Mall

Howard County's abundance of retail establishments reflects our exceptional quality of life. You’ll find everything from world-class malls to quaint antiques shops, upscale grocery stores to ethnic grocers, and mass retailers to specialty stores. You also can taste nearly any kind of cuisine at our wide selection of restaurants, ranging from trendy to family-friendly.

Columbia was built around its Village Centers, which offer both local shopping and a community hub for residents. Other attractive local shopping spots include the Historic Savage Mill and Historic Main Street in Ellicott City.


Doing Business Here

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.

Living Here

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.