Columbia, Maryland, located in Howard County, was established with the goal that a city should better its residents’ quality of life. Columbia was originally opened as a planned community. A planned community is designed with a specific purpose and typically built in a rural, undeveloped real estate area. Columbia, opened by The Rouse Company in 1967, is said to be the most successful planned community in the United States.
James W. Rouse’s vision for Columbia was to combine sociological, economic, and engineering goals. Planning for today’s Columbia began in 1963 when Rouse gathered a group of social science experts to determine how to best combine social and institutional elements of a new city into one physical location. The end result of The Rouse Company’s study focused on a plan to create neighborhood and village centers maintaining a small-town feel while concentrating on meeting Columbia residents’ needs (homes, employment, education, health care, and recreation), caring for Columbia real estate and property, continued growth, and economic success.
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Over half of Howard County’s businesses and about one-third of its population call Columbia, Maryland home. The Columbia, MD real estate market encompasses over 14,000 acres of land spread over ten separate villages.
More than 99,000 residents call Columbia home boasting a population increase of 6.48 percent since 2000. Those searching for homes for sale in Columbia or Columbia real estate will enjoy a unique lifestyle living in this self-contained community. The city offers Columbia real estate and home owners a variety of social, cultural, educational, entertainment, and recreational activities. The average cost of a home for sale in Columbia is $295,600.
Those seeking economic and employment opportunities in Columbia can take advantage of approximately 2,500 businesses, more than 60,000 jobs, and 21 million square feet of commercial space. Potential Columbia real estate investors and business owners are drawn to the area because of its low residential turn over and stable population. Columbia’s unemployment rate is 4.70 percent while the US average is 8.60 percent. Columbia’s recent job growth is viewed as positive with a posted increase of 1.47 percent.
Although the face of Columbia, MD real estate has changed gradually taking on many traits of other contemporary US cities, Rouse's original vision has remained relatively intact and his work considered a success today.
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|2010 to 2012 Changeup 4.3%|
|Age Distribution (Years Old)|
|0 to 45.9%|
|5 to 1724.9%|
|18 to 6458.0%|
|65 and Older11.2%|
|White (not Hispanic)57.6%|
|Place of Birth|
|High School Graduate, Age 25+94.9%|
|Bachelor's Degree or Higher, Age 25+58.7%|
|English is Second Language, Age 5+21.9%|
|English is First Language, Age 5+78.1%|
|Per Capita Income$46,594|
|Median Household Income$105,692|
|People in Poverty4.5%|
|Average Work Commute Time31 minutes|
|Total Housing Units111,200|
|Average Household Size2.71|
|Owner-Occupied Median Value$447,000|
|New Private Housing Issued 20121,686|
|Years at Residence|
|1 Year or More87.3%|
|Less Than 1 Year12.7%|
|Business and Employment|
|Private non-farm Establishments8,547|
|Private non-farm Employment152,384|
|Private non-farm Employment Growthup 0.9%|
|Number of Firms30,899|
|Business Ownership by Ethnicity and Gender|
|Value of Shipments$2,368,343,000|
|Accommodation and Food Services$16,622|
|Sales Per Capita$565,685,000|
|Land Area250.74 sq. miles|
|Population Per Square Mile1,145|
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