About Howard County

Close to everything, close to perfect – that’s 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.

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

  1. Best Places to Live in America: Ellicott City/Columbia together ranked among Money Magazine’s list of “Best Places to Live in America”
  2. Healthiest County in Maryland (2017):  Ranked the healthiest county in Maryland by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation due to a number of factors including low rate of uninsured under age 65, access to primary care physicians, low violent crime rates, and high rates of college-educated residents among others. 
  3. America’s Happiest Communities (2017):  Recognized for a third straight year by Smart Asset as one of the Top 10 happiest communities in America.

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.

The geographic epicenter of Maryland and the heart of cyber is right here

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


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