Welcome to Columbia
Become a part of this intricately designed community
Located in Howard County, Columbia is considered one of the best places to live in Maryland. This town has a population of approximately 103,000 residents. Columbia is located along the Chesapeake Bay, around 40 miles northeast of Washington, D.C., Columbia has consistently ranked in the top 10 of CNN Money's Best Places to Live in the United States. In 2020, Columbia was ranked as the 5th best place to live in the U.S.
Columbia evolved with the idea that a city can enhance its residents' quality of life. James Rouse, the developer and creator, saw the new community in terms of human values, rather than merely economics and engineering. Founded in 1967, Columbia was intended to not only eliminate the inconveniences of then-current subdivision design but also eliminate racial, religious, and class segregation.
The mix of small and mid-sized homes in each village makes Columbia stand out. Architectural styles here include Colonial, Tudor, ranch, and more.
What to Love
- An attractive mix of old and new homes
- Village Center shopping and dining
- Art festivals and events
- Diverse Culture
- Columbia Lakefront and Columbia Town Center
People & Lifestyle
Columbia is known for being a diverse suburb with a peaceful ambiance. Residents here enjoy a suburban feel with the advantages of a bigger city in such close proximity.
Although home to a variety of individuals, Columbia is home to a large majority of families and young professionals. As one of the more diverse cities in America, Columbia residents tend to lean liberal.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
While living in Columbia, you can enjoy plenty to do. For an intimate night out, check out The Iron Bridge Wine Company. This welcoming and cozy cafe has been a part of the community since first opening in 2003. Enjoy world-class wine paired with an elegant dish off the menu for a night you won’t forget. For a casual night out, head over to Seasons 52. Check out the revolving menu of seasonal American dishes, or try one of the handcrafted cocktails. The Stanford Grill is a great option for a more elevated evening out. Enjoy modern American flare with live jazz music.
For shopping, check out the Columbia Mall. Here you can explore luxury stores, as well as plenty of options for entertainment and dining. No matter what your interests are, the Columbia Mall is sure to have something for you.
Things to Do
Known for being a tight-knit and family-friendly community, Columbia is known for its celebrated festivals and events. The Symphony of Lights is a Columbia tradition that has been part of the community for the past 27 years. Set in the historic Merriweather Post Pavilion, this cheerful display of lights is made up of over 300,000 bulbs. Meanwhile, the Columbia Festival of Arts takes place in the summer and brings the town together over crafts, art, and food.
To get your exercise, head over to Lake Kittamaqundi. This 27-acre reservoir has a 1.4-mile trail that gives users a chance to see the local wildlife. Enjoy the waterfront views at sunset and soak up the peaceful atmosphere here. For a fun evening out, check out the concerts taking place at Merriweather Post Pavilion. This outdoor concert venue, located within Symphony Woods, has hosted a variety of acclaimed singers from all genres.
Columbia has many excellent private and public-school options. The High School Districts are as follows:
- Jeffers Hill Elementary School
- River Hill
- Atholton High
- Wilde Lake High
- Glenelg Country School (Private)