Columbia is a planned community founded in 1967 and comprising 10 self-contained villages, located in Howard County, Maryland. Its currently home to about 173,000 people and it’s the second wealthiest county in the United States, according to 2013 U.S. Census Bureau figures. It began with creator and developer James W. Rouse’s idea that a city could enhance its residents’ quality of life.

Rouse’s vision was for Columbia to be measured terms of human values, rather than merely economics and engineering. Columbia was intended to not only eliminate the inconveniences of then-current subdivision design, but also eliminate racial, religious, and class segregation.

Columbia Association’s mission is working every day in hundreds of ways to make Columbia an even better place to live, work and play, and it’s reflected in Columbia’s consistent ranking in the top ten of CNN Money’s Best Places to Live in America, including 6th in 2014.

To find out more about the Howard County government, school system and tourism, see the links to the left.