Relocate to Howard County Maryland Columbia Lakeside

Moving to Howard County Maryland?  I’ll bet you’ve got questions!  Call or schedule a Zoom and we’ll get you off to a great start!

Relocating to Howard County, Maryland? Find the best places to live with these tools for relocation home buyers

Moving to Howard County Maryland, but don’t know where to start? It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for neighborhoods and homes in Columbia or Ellicott City, Clarksville or Laurel, successful home buying in any area depends on a few important items, so let’s start there!

Home buyers should consider:

These features can make livability better, and have a real impact on the value of your new home.

Howard County housing demographics - compare it with the town you're relocating from

It’s helpful to compare Howard County, MD home prices and demographics with the area you’re relocating from.  

You can use this tool to compare median home sale price, home age, and the percentage of renters to homeowners in any Howard County zip code with your current home and community. 

Howard County Schools

People relocating to Maryland often choose to look at Howard County first because of it’s excellent schools.  Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) is the school district that manages and runs the public schools of Howard County, Maryland.

While there are several websites with school ‘ratings,’ they are vote driven.  Be sure to go the source for the real scoop!  Relocation home buyers are unfamiliar with the area, so let’s start there, in terms of schools.

The School Locator will help you find the attendance area for any school.

The School Directory contains each schools’ website and contact.  I often schedule a meeting with administrators for  home buyers relocating to the area.

Most importantly for all parents moving to Howard County, have a look at the Maryland State School Report Card for each of Howard County’s schools in the neighborhoods you’re considering moving to.  You’ll find Howard County school test scores and demographics here.

Online home searches for relocating to Howard County - What city or zip do you search?

Online real estate search sites often require home buyers to search by zip code.  Just use this Howard County MD zip code map, and zoom to the area where you plan to relocate.

Home buyers moving from out of the area often just need to get an overview of the size and layout of a county, including major highways and roads. Use this Howard County Roads and Boundaries Map to find out what areas are close to work, and discover nearby areas to add to your home search. It’s even printable.

Learn about the home price ranges in each area of Howard County

If you’re new to Howard County, it’s helpful to see price ranges and home styles in each area.  Howard County real estate offers everything from farms to townhomes, villas for 55+, historic homes and new construction.  

You can get a great Howard County real estate overview by using my website map search. Just zoom and drag to see homes for sale in any area. The neighborhood names are included on the map, as well, so you’ll know exactly where you are.

Largest employers in Howard County Maryland

Howard County is home to several major employers, which is especially important for relocating family members who may be looking for work.  

You’ll find Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD, and it’s a quick drive to neighborhoods in Clarksville, Ellicott City, and Olney, MD.  

Oracle America employs more than 1000 in Columbia, as does Byk Gardner Inc.  Healthcare is a large employment sector in Howard County, too, encompassing Howard County General Hospital, and Lorien Health Systems.   

In addition, Howard County is a very reasonable drive for anyone working in Baltimore City or the DC area.

Howard County crime information

One of the first things  relocating home buyers tell me is that they want to move to a safe area.  If you’re moving to Howard County from out of the area, this can be a confusing place to start your move, because it can be difficult to get much more than opinion.

While there are various websites with information, the best place to go is always the source. Here are maps straight from Howard county government.

Howard County Interactive Crime Map

Howard County Daily Crime Bulletin


Questions about moving to Maryland?

Have a question about relocating to Howard County Maryland?

I can suggest neighborhoods that might suit your needs, point you to good info on schools, discuss local financing options, and more.  Just ask!