With a mix of urban, suburban, and rural areas, it’s no wonder Howard County is a popular place to live. From the history of Ellicott City and Civil War trails to modern-day shops and restaurants of Columbia to the beauty of Western Howard County’s farmland, Howard County is sure to please anyone’s taste. With highly-ranked schools, parks galore, a diverse population, a multitude of cultural events, and a central location between Baltimore and Washington, DC, it should be no surprise that Howard County has been the recipient of numerous national accolades and awards, most recently Columbia’s #5 ranking as Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live” 2020.

Popular community choices include: Columbia, Elkridge, Ellicott City, Fulton, Glenwood, Highland, Ilchester, North Laurel, Savage, and Scaggsville.