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Howard County, Maryland

21044, 21045, 21046

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Statistics & Facts

The Maryland state capital is Annapolis.
The population of Columbia is approximately 75,883 (1990), 99615 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 30,651 (1990), 39562 (2010).
The amount of land area in Columbia is 60.107 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.224 sq kilometers.
The distance from Columbia to Washington DC is 22 miles.
The distance to the Maryland state capital is 25 miles. (as the crow flies)
Columbia is positioned 39.20 degrees north of the equator and 76.85 degrees west of the prime meridian.


between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.
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History & History Related Items

Columbia is a fairly new city. Its beginnings came in October of 1963 when the Rouse Company announced the acquisition of over 21 square miles on which they would build a new city. The city was planned from the very beginning to have the best of everything and would be available to all people. The planners met even before the city was begun to discuss and provide for all the objectives. The name was chosen because it already was on the roadmaps as Columbia Pike. The developer, James Rouse, felt it has a sort of "hallelujah sound." The planning stages were long lasted just over a year until November 1964. At this time, the new plan was presented to the county government and the residents of the area. A "New Town District" was granted and building commenced in January 1966. The first "settlers" moved here in 1967.
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The founding of Columbia

November 1964

Columbia City Government

Howard County website

Columbia Chamber

Howard County Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 410-730-4111
FAX: 410-730-4584

Columbia Organizations

Howard County Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 410-730-4111
FAX: 410-730-4584

Columbia Libraries

Howard County Library
Central Library
10375 Little Patuxent Parkway
(Little Patuxent Parkway & South Entrance Road)
Columbia, MD 21044
Phone: 410-313-7800

Howard County Public Library
6600 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045-4912
Phone: 410-313-7700

Columbia Schools

Howard County Public Schools
10910 Route 108
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Phone: 410-313-6600


Howard Community College
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, Maryland 21044
Phone: 410-772-4856
College-related information
Phone: 410-772-4800

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