Welcome to Howard County!

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 at the Welcome Center on Main Street in Old Ellicott City. Follow that up with a walk past famous mills and a 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.

Enjoy your visit, welcome to our home, and consider making it your home in days to come. 


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