Howard County, Maryland is a suburban community of
271,118 situated along the Baltimore-Washington
corridor. More than 97,000 people live in the county’s
population center – the planned community of Columbia –
conceived and designed by visionary planner James Rouse.
Howard County is one of the fastest growing counties in
Maryland, increasing its population by 34% over the past
A great community deserves great schools, and the
Howard County Public School System is a recognized
source of local pride. The school system consistently
ranks as Maryland’s top school district based on student
performance on the Maryland School Assessments. Howard
County students score above the national averages on
standardized tests and over 85% of graduates continue
their education beyond high school.