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Working and Living in Howard County

Howard County General Hospital has been caring for our community for nearly 50 years. Howard County is a very desirable place to live, offering public schools that are among the best in the nation and options for rural and suburban living located between Baltimore, Md, Washington, D.C. and Annapolis, Md.

Some of Howard County’s features:

  • #1 of peer counties for college education and advanced degrees: 62.6% with bachelor’s degrees, 30% have advanced degrees
  • #2 of peer counties for median household income
  • HCGH Service Area: Current Population: 325,690 (2019)
  • Public schools among best in the nation and top-ranked school district in Maryland
  • Rapidly growing and aging population: Population to grow by 50% by 2040, age 55+ cohort to grow by over 11% in the next 5 years
  • Average household income is $121,160-$129,474
  • Unemployment rate is 2.5 percent

Some of Howard County’s recent recognitions include:

  • #6 Healthiest county in the U.S. in 2021 by U.S. News & World Report (up from #20 the previous year)
  • Money Magazine 2016 - Columbia best small city to live in; consistently in Money’s top 10 for more than a decade

Howard County General Hospital is the only hospital in Howard County – it began in 1973 as part of Jim Rouse’s vision for Columbia, a planned community. HCGH became a part of Johns Hopkins Medicine in 1998, as the first community hospital to join the health system.

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