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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
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Howard County is located in Maryland with a population of 312,495. Howard County is one of the best places to live in Maryland. In Howard County, most residents own their homes. In Howard County there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Howard County and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Howard County are highly rated.
Population
312,495

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$439,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,661
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    26%
  • Own
    74%
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Howard County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    31%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    30%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    14%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Howard County

Jobs
A
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$115,576
National
$55,322

Howard County Reviews

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Howard County is a dynamic, diverse community that has something to offer for everyone. The opportunities are seemingly endless and the residents are supportive of each other and their individual interests. This encompasses all ages, from infants to senior citizens, and everyone in between. The school system is highly rated and offers a quality education for whatever path your life leads you. I feel that is has prepared me to be a respectable candidate for college admission or as an employee or as a volunteer. I have had the privilege to live in two very different parts of Howard County, one suburban and one rural, and have been able to experience the diversity that abounds here firsthand. There is a moto that is on the car magnets to advertise Howard County saying "CHOOSE CIVILITY" which sums it up perfectly!
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We moved to HoCo from a small city in West Virginia. We love it here! You are geographically located between two major cities. There are always plenty of activities and events to be involved in (many of them free). The public schools are great and extremely supportive of the arts. The county is extremely progressive and supports social justice and human rights. If you are interested in continuing your education, there are a plethora of options. The outlook for jobs is also very favorable. However, it is extremely expensive to live here. The eastern side of the county is more affordable.
One of the most oppressive county governments and school boards I have ever experienced. Recent resolutions by the county council CR 112-2019 has called this minority majority county’s citizens racist. Another resolution CR 134-2019 encourages realtors to not disclose school assignments to prospective buyers. Essentially less-informed buyers are better for the county to force their wil on you. Run far, far away from Howard County!!