Howard County is located in central Maryland. The County Seat is Ellicott City and the largest city is Columbia. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.howardcountymd.gov/. The 2014 population estimate is 309,284 and the 2010 census population was 287,085. The land area is 250.74 square miles and there are 1144.9 persons per square mile.
61.4% of the population is White, 18.4% is Black or African American, 6.3% is Hispanic or Latino, 16.2% is Asian, 0.4% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 3.5% is two or more races. 94.9% have a high school degree or higher, and 60% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $428,100, there are 106,142 households, an average of 2.74 persons per household. The per capita income is $48,172, the median household income is $109,865, and 4.6% of the persons in Howard County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 30,899. Retail sales (in $1000) were $4,554,990, and sales per capita were $16,622. The percentage of black-owned firms is 14.9%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 30.1%.
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