Howard put 9th on list of top places in U.S. to live

May 26, 2004

Howard County was chosen ninth among the nation's top 20 places to live in a survey article done by American Cities Business Journals Inc., the parent company of Baltimore Business Journal and 40 other business newspapers.

Howard was the only place in Maryland among the top 20, though Virginia had five counties in the rankings, which use 20 criteria including education, income, home size, diversity, community stability, job availability, property taxes, commuting ease and the availability of affordable housing.

Los Alamos, N.M., birthplace of the atomic bomb, ranked first in the survey, with fast-growing Loudoun County, Va., a suburb of Washington, ranked fifth - the only eastern city or county to outrank Howard County. Fairfax, Va. was ranked 10th.

The statistics used were from the 2000 federal census, and compared each county's performance against national averages for the various categories, though some things, such as home prices have changed considerably since the census.

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