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.

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