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Retirement Living In Howard County - Maryland

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Area Description

Howard County offers an impressive mix of carefully preserved history and exciting new development. Its county seat, Ellicott City, is a nearly 250-year old mill town with many historical, shopping and tourist attractions. Its 48-year-old population center, Columbia, has served as an international
model of a planned community and is now preparing for a new phase of vitality with a major redevelopment plan.
Suburban convenience abounds while urban amenities are only a short drive away. Howard County enjoys easy access to major highways, BWI Airport and the Port of Baltimore. At the same time,
residents and visitors can take advantage of a wide range of options
for dining, shopping, recreation and entertainment right in the county.
An ideal location, an engaged and diverse population, and a vibrant
community spirit contribute to the county's appeal and attract many
businesses which call the county home.

Includes Cities/Towns: Annapolis Junction, Brookeville, Clarksville, Columbia, Cooksville, Dayton, Elkridge, Ellicott City, Fulton, Glenelg, Glenwood, Hanover, Highland, Jessup, Laurel, Marriottsville, Mount Airy, Savage, Sykesville, West Friendship, Woodbine, Woodstock.

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Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   95 miles of paved hiking, walking, biking trails, shops, restaurants. It's all here.

Cultural Activities

Art galleries, theaters,museums and several very popular festivals throughout the year create a vibrant arena for all interests. The Howard County Arts Council works year-round to foster the arts in the county. It provides grants to support the arts and operates a multi-purpose art center in Ellicott City where visitors can take a class, view an exhibit, or enjoy a performance.
The Columbia Art Center, run by the Columbia Association's Community Services Division, also provides experiences in the visual arts for all ages and interest levels. The Art Center offers rotating gallery exhibitions, year-round art classes, summer art camp for children, birthday parties and more.

Other art exhibitions are held at two galleries at Howard Community College: the Rouse Company Foundation Gallery and the Art Department Gallery. Artists also display their work in a number of local restaurants and shops and in independent art galleries.
The Columbia Association (CA) also offers free music, movies and dancing every night of the summer months through its Lakefront Summer Festival. The Columbia Archives, which is part of CA, has exhibits, events and seminars to share the history of the planned community.

Public transportation

Howard County is ideally located on the I-95 highway corridor, with easy access to Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and numerous transportation options to go across the county or throughout the U.S.

Medical Facilities

The county is served by top-ranked hospitals,
including Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns
Hopkins Medicine, which provides health services to more than 220,000 people per year. In addition, the Baltimore region is well known for providing care and treatment on the leading edge of medicine with resources including The Johns Hopkins Hospital, University of Maryland Medical Center, several MedStar facilities and at least 10 other hospitals that have been highly ranked.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Howard County, Maryland?

For those of you that retire in Howard County, you will enjoy warm summers, a cool fall, a cold winter and a temperate spring!

Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the mid 30's and highs in the mid 40's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 20's. Expect some rainy days in the winter.

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in Howard County such as a movie, a visit to a museum, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are cool with averages in the mid 50's and highs in the mid 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 40's. Expect a lot of rainy days in the Spring, great for a day of shopping in Howard County!

Summertime in Howard County is a great time to enjoy your retirement with a day at the lake, an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are warm with averages in the mid 70's and highs in the mid 80's. Nights are cool with lows in the mid 60's. Expect some days above 90°. Humidity may feel "sticky" with muggy evenings. Expect some rainy days in the summer.

If you retire in Howard County, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, hiking, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are cool with averages in the upper 50's and highs in the upper 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 40's. Expect some rainy days in the fall.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  24  33  42
 Feb  26  36  45
 Mar  33  44  54
 Apr  42  54  66
 May  52  63  75
 Jun  61  72  83
 Jul  66  77  87
 Aug  64  75  86
 Sep  57  68  79
 Oct  45  56  67
 Nov  36  46  57
 Dec  28  37  45

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  24  1
 Feb  0  21  0
 Mar  0  15  0
 Apr  0  4  0
 May  1  0  0
 Jun  5  0  0
 Jul  10  0  0
 Aug  7  0  0
 Sep  2  0  0
 Oct  0  3  0
 Nov  0  11  0
 Dec  0  21  0

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  3 "  9  22 %
 Feb  3 "  9  24 %
 Mar  4 "  10  30 %
 Apr  4 "  11  40 %
 May  4 "  11  51 %
 Jun  4 "  10  61 %
 Jul  4 "  10  65 %
 Aug  4 "  8  64 %
 Sep  4 "  9  58 %
 Oct  4 "  8  46 %
 Nov  4 "  9  36 %
 Dec  4 "  10  27 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  7 "  8  3
 Feb  6 "  6  2
 Mar  2 "  1  1
 Apr  0 "  0  0
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
 Nov  1 "  0  0
 Dec  3 "  3  1

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Cost of Living for Howard County, MD

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