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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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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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Having one of the best schools in the state, Howard county is more expensive than other counties, however, that’s one of the selling points of this county. I would not consider moving out to any other county! Even going to different counties I always notice how different the vibe is, and overall how different the people are from Howard county residents. It feels safe here, even in the relatively shadier places I still know I’m safe. The police are highly active and alert, ready to go at any moment. Overall, this is definitely the best place for a family to live in, and that’s coming from someone who is not from this country!
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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!
Howard County is a great, safe, and diversity county. If you travel to each end of the county, you will see the how diverse it is. The county's hub is Columbia, which is starting to look more urban. But there is also farmland on the edges. My only complaint is that the school system board is now redistricting kids based off of economic factors inside of geography. The Howard County Public School System is a wonder system in which every student as equal opportunities at every school, regardless of location, race, and financial status. However, the school board refuses to see the truth and declines to listen to the public's opinions. They only act on their own judgements.