Howard County lies between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore in Maryland. There are a number of parks in the area which offer residents plenty of recreational possibilities. Whether it is hiking or simply bird watching, the parks offer hours of leisure activity. The Gunpowder River and the Chesapeake River provide picturesque scenes of Maryland's beauty and create plenty of opportunities for water sports.
The area has numerous golf courses and a large number of theatres, cinemas, art galleries, museums, and shopping centers. The Columbia Orchestra, Ballet Royal Institute of Maryland, the Enchanted Forest, and the Shrine of St. Anthony are some great places of interest to visit, and there are also many options for fine dining.
Students receive a quality education from the Howard County Public School District, which manages about 69 schools. There are also a number of universities in and around the county providing excellent higher education opportunities.
There has been a rapid increase in construction projects and new developments in this area to keep pace with the growth rate of population. At the same time, there are a lot of park lands and open spaces.
With all these amenities, Howard County enjoys a great standard of living and is growing rapidly while still holding to its natural rural charm.