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Overview of Ellicott City

The historic community of Ellicott City takes residents back to the early days of American history. This charming area has something to offer residents of all ages. Named one of CNN Money's Best Places to Live multiple times since 2005, Ellicott City offers locals a unique lifestyle and a great downtown area.

Ellicott City apartments for rent can be found throughout the community, and with a little luck, renters can find the perfect place to call home.

Living in Ellicott City, MD

Ellicott City was founded by the three Ellicott brothers, who bought the land in 1771 intending to grow wheat and use the nearby river to power a mill. As more farmers moved to the area, they sent their grain harvests to the Ellicotts for milling. The grain and milling business continued to grow, giving the Ellicott family an excellent reputation in the area.

Aside from working on building their business, the Ellicotts also worked hard to build their community. They ensured that only the best teachers came to the community to operate local schools, and they were an important presence in the local Quaker religion, eventually contributing to building a new Quaker meeting house in the town.

Today, the charming city founded by the Ellicott brothers is home to nearly 66,000 residents, according to the U.S. Census. The charming town manages to embrace its historic past while continuing to modernize and look to the future.

Ellicott City Work and Study

Students looking for educational opportunities in Ellicott City can look into attending Howard Community College, located in neighboring Columbia. This institution has been helping students achieve their goals of obtaining a college degree since it opened in 1970. With thousands of students, lots of activities and various classes and degree programs, Howard Community College has cemented its place as a premiere educational institution in the area.

Ellicott City, located in the heart of Maryland's Howard County, offers those who don't wish to attend school a variety of employment opportunities. Many businesses are located in the area, and some of the largest employers of Howard County residents are Howard County Public Schools, the Howard County Government, the John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Verizon Wireless and the Howard County General Hospital.

Rentals in Ellicott City, MD, and Cost of Living

Typical Ellicott City apartments rent from about $1,000 to $2,000 per month, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The same data shows that the median gross monthly rent in Ellicott City is $1,394.

When Ellicott City was named one of Kiplinger's 10 Great Cities for Raising Families in 2010, it was chosen partially for its lower cost of living than nearby suburbs. Ellicott City's close proximity to Baltimore also may make it a great choice for those who work in the city but want to enjoy the quiet charms of the suburbs.

Ellicott City Attractions and Special Events

Many residents take advantage of nearby Patapsco Valley State Park to enjoy the outdoors. With activities such as hiking, fishing, canoeing, biking and horseback riding, there is something for visitors of all ages to try at the state park. The park, which is more than 100 years old, is a historic landmark in the community that offers residents a way to get out and discover nature.

Those who want to get involved in the history of Ellicott City can head over to the B&O Railroad Museum. The oldest railroad station in the county is located in this community, and it has been turned into a museum for the public to enjoy. The museum features programs and exhibitions that detail the railroad's development in the country and the impact it had on society.

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