Old Ellicott City

Reminiscent of an old European village, many of our buildings are built from locally quarried granite, each visually different from one another.  Stone staircases leading up the sides of properties are a favorite with photographers.

We are home to the B&O Rail Museum – Ellicott City Station,  the oldest surviving railroad station in America and the original terminus of the first 13 miles of commercial railroad in the country plus numerous historic sites and properties.  Old Ellicott City is also considered by some to be one of the most haunted towns in America.  Bordered by the Patapsco River and beautiful hiking trails, we are where nature, history and modern amenities swirl into one.

Today, our walk-able town is home to independent unique stores and interesting restaurants with a diverse art community rich in creativity.  Many of these artists call us home and our galleries are filled with locally crafted original art from textiles to sculptures.

More than just a historic and shopping district, Old Ellicott City feels like home, even if it’s your first time visiting. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to fall in love with our eclectic community of artists, shop keepers, restaurants, service providers and welcoming residents.

Howard County

Is a successful melding of old and new, urban and rural, where the rolling green hills of the Piedmont meet the rocky fall line of the glaciers. From the small town flavor of historic mill towns to the thriving model city of Columbia, Howard County makes everyone feel at home. Conveniently located in the heart of central Maryland between Baltimore and Washington, Howard County offers the charm of a historic past mixed with the excitement of a cosmopolitan community. The County is continually ranked among the most affluent, advanced and educated communities in the United States. There is immediate access to leading educational and health care institutions, upscale retail, and outstanding recreation and entertainment. It is currently is home to 110,370 households and boasts a thriving, vibrant economy and welcoming business environment, with proximity to 50 federal agencies, universities, Fortune 500 companies, technology, defense and health care companies.

Geography

With a total land area of 160,640 acres, Howard is the second smallest county in Maryland. According to the Maryland Extension Service, 90% of the county is in the Piedmont Plateau (gently rolling hills) and 10% is in the Atlantic Coastal Plain (sandy soils). altitude ranges from 20 feet to 875 feet above sea level. Precipitation averages 43.4 inches per year.

Howard County has six regional parks, 24 community parks, seven golf courses, five lakes and over 200 miles of walking, hiking and biking trails.

Demographics

Population
2010 census 287.085
2020 projection 330,558

Educational attainment
(ages 25 and older)
High school graduate or higher  95.1%
Bachelor’s degree or higher  60.5%

Income
Per capita income $51,452
Median household $106,707
Average household $140,754