Voted 8th on Best Places to Live Money's list of America's best small cities.
Columbia Maryland, developed by The Rouse Company, is the nation's most successful planned community. What began in 1962 as 14,100 acres of rural land has become a city of more than 97,000 residents, spread over 10 separate villages, with 2,500 businesses, more than 60,000 jobs, 21 million square feet of commercial space and a wide array of social, cultural, educational, entertainment and recreational programs and facilities. Columbia is managed by the Columbia Association.
Columbia is situated in the thriving Baltimore - Washington corridor and has received international recognition for its innovative planning.
Living on the border of Columbia and Ellicott City offers the best of both worlds -- a charming, historic downtown with plenty of restaurants (Ellicott City) and a thoughtfully laid-out planned community with tons of big-box stores and a giant arena (Columbia).Families in this pair of unincorporated cities get to enjoy living in a community with a diverse population, reasonable housing costs, terrific schools, miles of hiking trails, and a new development, Blandair Park, which will include 20 acres of forest, wetlands, meadows, and a historic farm complex.