Located between Washington DC and Baltimore in the central part of Maryland, Howard County is considered part of the Baltimore – Washington Metro area. Its population of 287,000 residents lives in an area that money magazine has named “one of America’s best places to live”. The county is situated in the Piedmont Plateau region of the state where farmlands transform into rolling hills and forest areas. There are major planned communities being developed to increase and improve the suburban lifestyle that has taken root over the last decade.
This affluent area has been ranked the third wealthiest county in the United States in terms of median household income. Many of the high end communities are located throughout the route 32 corridor in and around the Columbia/Ellicott city region. The county covers a total area of 253.55 square miles.
Howard County continues to prove itself an outlier when it comes to the Maryland real estate market. Home values in the county weather the financial crisis of 2007 with a less dramatic downturn than the rest of the state. Real estate analysts project that the Howard County area will see a 2.7 percent rise over the next 12 months. There has already been a steady climb throughout the previous year with a positive change a 5.2 percent. This puts Howard County in a great position when it comes to steady growth and appreciation.