Columbia is a census-designated place in Howard County, Maryland, and currently is home to just under 100,000 residents. Governed mainly by the Columbia Association, the area is a planned community, founded in 1967 with the idea that a city can actually enhance its residents’ quality of life, as opposed to just focusing on economic improvements and feats of architecture and engineering. This approach has actually worked, at least according to residents, who are among the happiest in Maryland, as well as some of the wealthiest – Howard County is the second-wealthiest county in the United States, according to official US Census Bureau statistics. Columbia has been ranked repeatedly on CNN Money Magazines‘ list of Best Places to Live in America.

Residents have lived in the Columbia area dating back to the 1870’s, but real settlement was not seen until the first housing development was completed in the late 1960’s, and its official founding date is June 21st, 1967. Columbia has not been incorporated as a city, which means it does not have all the economic and sociological benefits that come with being incorporated; however, the Columbia Association is active in maintaining common areas and functions as a homeowners association, of sorts, when it comes to community living. Columbia proper only consists of territories actively overseen by the Columbia Association, but there are other unincorporated communities around it that are routinely grouped under the name “Columbia” by the U.S. Post Office as well as the Census Bureau. Columbia today is the second-largest census-designated place in the state of Maryland, after only Baltimore.

During the summer months, average daily highs in Columbia usually only reach into the mid-to-upper 80’s, though temperatures over triple digits have been experienced. Usually, overnight lows during the summer drop down into the mid-to-upper 60’s, giving nights in Columbia a mild and pleasant feeling more often than not. During the winter months, though, the weather tends to turn cold, with average highs only reaching into the low-to-mid 40’s, with overnight lows routinely dropping down into the low-to-mid 20’s, with snow relatively common late in the year and into the new one.

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