Ellicott City named one of top cities for young families

Ellicott City has been named one of the top 10 cities in Maryland for young families by the website NerdWallet.com, the site announced earlier this week.

Ellicott City was third on the list, based on three qualifiers, according to the site: public schools, affordability and the area's growth and prosperity.

"Ellicott City is no stranger to priase," NerdWallet.com's Mike Anderson wrote in a blog post. "It has been recognized by CNNMoney for its solid economy, including a low unemployment raite and dependable jobs with the NSA and Fort Meade Army base."

Ellicott City was the only place in Howard County to make the list from the financial website. Eldersburg and Odenton came in first and second place, respectfully. In nearby Baltimore County, Towson and Catonsville also made the list.

NerdWallet cited a GreatSchools.org rating of nine, a median home value of $523,000, monthly homeowner costs of $2,750, a median household income of $113,312 and a 43.4 percent growth from 1999-2011 as factors for Ellicott City's ranking.

"Howard County and Ellicott City have a lot to offer young famiilies, from quality schools to great parks and libraries with a community focus on health and fitness and easy access to two of the greatest big cities in the nation," Howard County Executive Ken Ulman said Thursday. "We're honored that NerdWallet confirmed what a great place this is to live, work and play."

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