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

Set squarely between the nation’s capital and Baltimore, Howard County is a well-blended mix of the bucolic, the urban and the suburban.

Howard County's most anticipated events of 2018

Mark your calendar for some of Howard County's most anticipated events of the year.

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 2019.

Howard County's communities, housing and transportation

Howard County has a distinct and thriving collection of communities, old and new, stable and growing.

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.

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.

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,

Health care in Howard County

As the population of Howard County has grown, so have the health-care resources available to residents.

Howard County restaurant directory

Howard County is home to a plethora of dining experiences, from classic American to ethnic delicacies.

Religion in Howard County

Religion in Howard County is diverse and flourishing.

Howard County's arts scene

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.

Education and schools in Howard County

The Howard County Public School System enrolls nearly 57,000 students and is recognized as a leader in the state.

Recreation and sports in Howard County

Whether you are always on the go or just looking to kick back and relax, you’ll find a Howard County activity that fits your interests — from hiking and biking to bird-watching and golf.

Senior centers and services in Howard County

From housing to health care to clubs, the county offers a wealth of programs and services for seniors.