Howard County was once a quiet, under-the-radar locale in the busy Baltimore-Washington region – but now it’s one of the most sought-after places to live. This affluent county is home to rolling countryside, vibrant towns, history at every turn, and a quality of life that can’t be beat. Whether you live in Columbia or Ellicott City, Savage Mill or Clarksville, you’ll find tight-knit communities bound together by excellent schools, neighborliness, and a love of the outdoors. Explore the county’s 6 regional parks, 24 community parks, 5 lakes and over 200 miles of walking, hiking and biking trails. Immerse yourself in local history in Ellicott City. Shop and dine in Columbia. Take part in local community events, parades, and fairs. Zip up to Baltimore or down to DC to take advantage of everything the cities have to offer. Relax with friends and neighbors at the local pool. Welcome to Howard County, where life is good.