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Columbia Information and Highlights

Columbia is a planned community that is made up of ten self-contained villages located in Howard County, which is considered the second wealthiest county according to the 2013 U.S Census Bureau. Created originally by James W. Rouse, who saw the community as a way to enhance the resident’s quality of life, Columbia opened in 1967. It was designed to eliminate the inconveniences of divided subdivisions, but also built to help end racial, religious and class segregation. With so much idealism behind it, it is no surprise that Columbia consistently ranks in the top ten of CNN Money’s Best Places to Live in America. Residents praise their community highly, and it is also a fantastic place to visit for tourists. No matter the reason for being in Columbia, it has plenty to offer anyone within its borders. It is a place for the people by design, and it shows on every street and in every home.


Columbia is a part of the Atlantic Coastal Plain and is relatively flat, leaving it lying within the humid subtropical climate zone. This will mean especially hot, humid summers, cooler winters and a generous amount of precipitation year-round. Its low elevation and proximity to Chesapeake Bay allows for the area to have a more modest spring and summertime temperatures and less frigid winters, fortunately.

Recreation / Things To Do

Those that admire affluent and charming cities will absolutely adore Columbia. It is a place where getting out and experiencing the beauty of nature, and the local city itself, is as easy as stepping outside. With numerous other events and areas to explore and enjoy, it is guaranteed that you and the f family will never run out of things to do.


Columbia is a great place for shoppers of all kinds: fashionistas, retail warriors, window shoppers or bargain buyers alike. With plenty of big chains mixing with charming, unique boutiques, shops and antique stores, you are sure to find all kinds of treasure shopping in Columbia.


Whether you are looking for fine dining, a trendy café or just somewhere where the picky in-laws will appreciate, Columbia has you covered. With a fantastic mix of foods from all over the world blending into one area, diners will have no only their choice of fantastic foods, but also a variety of trendy, gorgeous restaurants to impress their palettes and dinner guests alike.

  • Seasons 52 – 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway – (410) 715-1152

  • Bon Fresco – 6945 Oakland Mills Rd – (410) 290-3434

  • Mission BBQ – 6270 Columbia Crossing Cir – (443) 832-6180

  • The Ale House Columbia – 6480 Dobbin Center Way – (443) 546-3640


Columbia is a place for the people, and, let’s face it, sometimes people need a night out on the town. Fortunately, Columbia is a place with lots of wine bars, breweries, pubs and restaurants where you can enjoy a good drink with friends or a cold one while watching the game; whatever suits your night owl needs.


Columbia isn’t just a great place to retire, it’s also a great place to raise a family. With a fantastic school system in place for any age, Columbia can keep your kids in a nice educational program while you head off to enjoy the scenery or some shopping.


  • Population: 103,683

  • Population Density: 3,200

  • Median Age: 36

  • Male / Female Ratio: 1.0:1

Local / Notable Employers

For those who are looking to make the move to Columbia, the local job market is not in short supply. There are a feature of many big names and hubs, as well as smaller boutiques, shops and restaurants that can make use of all kinds of varying talent residents might have to offer.


Columbia really is a wonderful place to explore. It is surrounded by history, natural beauty, and a great pride in it from residents. There is, without a doubt, plenty to see and explore, with local landmarks and sights being only a short trip away. No matter what sort of adventure you are looking to have, you can find it in Columbia.

  • Historic Ellicott City – 8334 Main St – (410) 461-6908

  • Symphony Woods – 10300 Hickory Ridge Rd – (866) 216-6630

  • Hell House – 4 Ichester Rd

  • Friends of P F I at Mt Ida – Columbia, MD – (410) 465-8500


Columbia is a fantastic place to really enjoy the affluent side of Howard County. The city is an absolute gem, not just for its looks, but for all the amenities it offers, and for its consideration towards the quality of living for its residents. With fantastic shopping, great restaurants, an active night scene and gorgeous homes, it is, as CNN put it, one of the best places to live in America. It is also one of the best places to visit with its natural beauty, old style of Victorian / Colonial architecture and everything else in between. A career minded person or someone looking to raise a family can find all they need in Columbia, and then some.

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