Welcome to Howard County!

I am delighted to join my friends and neighbors in one of America's "Best Places to Live" in inviting you to share the many pleasures of Howard County. Whether you are passing through for the first time, or have accepted our invitation to "make yourself at home," you'll find this website provided by Howard County Tourism & Promotion very useful.

Howard County is rightly known for its great schools, award-winning library system, world-class annual arts festival, and many varied parks and cultural opportunities. But of course there's more, including the vibrant and still growing new town of Columbia, as well as the beautiful scenery of farms and open space in the county's western reaches. 

If you are a visitor, please make your first stop our Welcome Center on Main Street in Old Ellicott City. Follow that up with a walk past our famous mills and historic railroad station, and then relax in one (or more!) of our cozy coffee shops, fine restaurants, art galleries or trendy boutiques. If you're here to stay, you can find guidance about selecting a home and the multiple citizen services Howard County offers.

We take pride in our past and delight in our evolving future; we've grown a lot in the last few decades, and we value those new to our communities, which thrive on inclusion and innovation. Enjoy your visit, welcome to our home, and consider making it your home in days to come. 


Allan H. Kittleman
Howard County Executive

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