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Our Community

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 Money Magazine ranked Columbia #1 on their Best Places to Live 2016 and their top ten in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2018, 2019, and 2020. Plus, Ellicott City ranked #4 on their Best Places to Live 2019 and # 4 on their 2018 list!

More Howard County Achievements

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Work

  • Top 1% of the Innovation Index 2.0 – Stats America
  • #9 Highest Median Income in the Nation ($116,984) – US Census
  • 9x the National Average in Portion of R&D Jobs – BLS LEHD
  • 4x the National Average in Portion of Computer Science Jobs – BLS LEHD

Learn

  • #4 County in the Nation for Residents with Bachelor’s Degree or Higher (62.3%) – US Census
  • #1 Best Public Schools – Niche.com. (2018)
  • Best Two-Year Colleges for Adult Learners, Howard Community College – Washington Monthly (2016, 2017, 2018).
  • Only National “Five Star” Library System in Maryland, for six of the last eight years, 2018 – The Library Journal

Play

  • Top Ten Outdoor Concert Venue, Merriweather Post Pavilion – Fodor’s Travel (2017)
  • Couples’ Choice Award for venues – WeddingWire (2019)
  • County Data

    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.

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  • Our Community

    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.

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