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Why Howard County

Close to everything, close to perfect – that’s Howard County. Located directly between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., it’s the ideal place to start, grow or relocate your business.

It all adds up—a thriving, vibrant economy and welcoming business environment, with proximity to 50 federal agencies, universities, Fortune 500 companies, technology, defense and health care companies. No wonder our county is one of the top choices for businesses in the Mid-Atlantic.

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Need one more reason to bring your business to Howard County? Here are four:

  1. Ninth Most Digital County:  Howard County was Recently ranked the ninth most digital county in the nation by the Center for Digital Government and National Association of Counties
  2. Best Places to Live in America: Ellicott City/Columbia together ranked among Money Magazine's list of "Best Places to Live in America"
  3. Healthiest County in Maryland:  Ranked the healthiest county in Maryland by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute
  4. Best Workplaces for Commuters:  Recognized as one of the Best Workplaces for Commuters by the National Center for Transit Research for its commuter and environmental friendly policies.

Download a helpful factsheet: Howard County Brief Economic Facts

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.

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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.

See why Howard County is continually ranked as one of the best places to live »


Howard County is located in the heart of Maryland between Washington, DC and Baltimore. Its proximity provides easy access to both the nation's capital and the Baltimore metropolitan area.

By land, by air, and by sea, see how Howard County's location is perfect for business »