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The 2018 Guide to Howard County

Whether you're new to the area or you've lived in Howard County all your life, consider this guide a handbook for your everyday needs.

  • A quick overview of Howard County

    A quick overview of Howard County

    Set squarely between the nation’s capital and Baltimore, Howard County is a well-blended mix of the bucolic, the urban and the suburban. Spread out over 160,640 acres are sights as diverse as a quaint historic district; high-tech research parks; a mall with more than 200 stores; parks with rivers...

  • Howard County's most anticipated events of 2018

    Howard County's most anticipated events of 2018

    Do you ever find yourself saying you have nowhere to go or nothing to do? Not this year. Whether you like the arts or something more active, Howard County will host a year full of events that are sure to get you out of the house. MARCH Blossoms of Hope Cherrybration Days The annual planting of...

  • 50 places to take the kids in Howard County

    50 places to take the kids in Howard County

    The next time your children say they are bored, have a look around. Howard County is home to everything from trampoline parks to a motorcycle museum. In nice weather, farms and parks offer an excuse to get some fresh air. Here are 50 places to take the kids in 2018.

  • Howard County's communities, housing and transportation

    Howard County's communities, housing and transportation

    Howard County has a distinct and thriving collection of communities, old and new, stable and growing. In Columbia, nearly a quarter of the land is preserved as open space. Woods, parkland, playgrounds and other public spaces are required by covenant to remain undeveloped. Elsewhere in the county,...

  • Howard County's government and elected officials

    Howard County's government and elected officials

    Howard County’s government operates a school system, a police department with about 500 sworn officers, a fire department, a water and sewer system, a landfill and six branch libraries that have the highest per-capita circulation rate in the state. The county raises money principally from property...

  • Howard County's businesses and jobs

    Howard County's businesses and jobs

    Location, quality of life and a pro-business environment are three of the reasons almost 10,000 companies call Howard County home, creating close to 156,000 jobs. According to the Howard County Economic Development Authority, this county is home to about 70 million square feet of office, industrial...

  • Shopping in Howard County

    Shopping in Howard County

    Shoppers at The Mall in Columbia have no shortage of choices — with more than 200 stores and more than 1.4 million square feet of retail space to explore, they’re bound to find whatever they’re looking for. Owned and managed by GGP , the mall is the county’s largest retail center and includes five...

  • Health care in Howard County

    Health care in Howard County

    As the population of Howard County has grown, so have the health-care resources available to residents. Howard County General Hospital, the county’s only general hospital, has increased in size dramatically since it opened in 1973, adding space and services for inpatients and outpatients. The hospital’s...

  • Howard County restaurant directory

    Howard County restaurant directory

    Howard County is home to a plethora of dining experiences, from classic American to ethnic delicacies. Whether you’re in the mood for Chinese hot pot, local seafood or almost anything else, start your search for palate-pleasing fare with this extensive dining directory. This list is not comprehensive;...

  • Religion in Howard County

    Religion in Howard County

    Religion in Howard County is diverse and flourishing. The faith communities that worship here include Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Mormon, Christian Scientist, Seventh-Day Adventist, Mennonite, Baha’i, Quaker and Unitarian Universalist groups. Howard County was home to more than...

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