Developed in 1967 on 21 square miles of farmland, Columbia has grown to a town of more than 98,000 people in 10 villages. Developer Jim Rouse’s vision included racial diversity, religious sharing and an environmentally conscious development. Rouse’s plan of building each neighborhood around a village center gives Columbia a small town atmosphere. Yet the city has amenities that a small town can’t match, such as downtown offices, a major shopping mall, extensive recreational facilities and a large concert hall. New additions are underway with a revitalized town center that will be called “Downtown Columbia.”

  • 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.

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