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Guide to Howard County 2017

New to the area? Need to find a local service or a place to take the kids? Start here.

  • 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 a circus school 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 2017.

  • Guide to Howard County 2017: Welcome

    Guide to Howard County 2017: Welcome

    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 nearly 200 stores; rivers and forests...

  • Guide to Howard County 2017: Communities

    Guide to Howard County 2017: Communities

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

  • Guide to Howard County 2017: Jobs

    Guide to Howard County 2017: Jobs

    Location, quality of life and a pro-business environment are three of the reasons more than 9,900 companies call Howard County home, creating nearly 169,000 total jobs. According to the Howard County Economic Development Authority, this county is home to about 63 million square feet of office,...

  • Guide to Howard County 2017: Education

    Guide to Howard County 2017: Education

    The Howard County Public School System includes 41 elementary schools; 20 middle schools; 12 high schools; one school for students with severe disabilities; one school for students with behavioral and emotional issues; and one school for students enrolled in technical and vocational programs. Total...

  • Guide to Howard County 2017: Government

    Guide to Howard County 2017: Government

    Howard County’s government operates a school system, a police department with 472 sworn officers, a fire department, a water and sewer system, a landfill and six branch libraries that have one of the highest per-capita circulation rates in the nation. The county raises money principally from property...

  • Guide to Howard County 2017: Arts

    Guide to Howard County 2017: Arts

    One area Howard County can certainly boast about is its vibrant arts scene, with an abundance of choices that include theater, music and dance companies, as well as free outdoor concerts at Lake Kittamaqundi, Centennial Park and Columbia’s village centers. Performances are staged throughout the...

  • Guide to Howard County 2017: Health

    Guide to Howard County 2017: Health

    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...

  • Guide to Howard County 2017: Recreation

    Guide to Howard County 2017: Recreation

    Whether you are always on the go or just looking to kick back and relax, you’ll find an activity that fits your interests — from hiking and biking to bird-watching and golf. PRACTICE YOUR SWINGThe county offers a range of options for youth and adults looking to improve their arms — golf, baseball...

  • Guide to Howard County 2017: Seniors

    Guide to Howard County 2017: Seniors

    When Columbia was created 50 years ago, it was known as “the city without grandparents.” Now, though, the “pioneers” who first raised families there are eligible for Medicare, and the 2010 Census reported that people aged 50 and older made up nearly 15 percent of Howard County’s population. From...

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