Columbia Association and Columbia have been honored with several awards over the years for outstanding service, benefits to members and team members and excellent facilities. Below is a listing of our most recent awards and accomplishments.

Columbia

AARP’s Most Livable Communities — Mid-Sized Communities
  • 2018 — No. 8
Baltimore Business Journal’s Smartest Communities in the U.S.
  • 2011 — No. 16
CNBC’s 10 Perfect Suburbs
  • 2011 — No. 10
CNN/Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live — Small Cities
  • 2006 — No. 4 (jointly with Ellicott City)
  • 2008 — No. 8 (jointly with Ellicott City)
  • 2010 — No. 2 (jointly with Ellicott City)
  • 2012 — No. 8 (jointly with Ellicott City)
  • 2014 — No. 6 (jointly with Ellicott City)
  • 2016 — No. 1
Daily Finance’s Best Neighborhoods for the Money
  • 2010
Forbes Magazine’s Best Places to Raise a Family
  • 2008 — No. 17
Forbes Magazine’s Top Towns to Live Well
  • 2009 — No. 7
League of American Bicyclists
  • 2016, “Bicycle Friendly Community,” bronze award
Match.com’s Best Cities to Date a Nerd
  • 2011 — No. 8
Niche.com’s Best Cities to Live in America
  • 2016 — No. 3
Niche.com’s Best Suburbs to Live in Maryland
  • 2017 — No. 2
Rolling Stone’s Best Amphitheaters in America
  • 2013 — No. 4, Merriweather Post Pavilion
SecurityChoice.com’s Safest Cities for Women
  • 2017 — No. 3
SmartAsset’s Most Livable Mid-Sized Cities in the U.S.
  • 2017 — No. 6.
24/7 Wall St.’s Best Cities to Live In
  • 2017, No. 9
Wallet Hub’s Best Places to Find a Job
  • 2018, No. 15
Wallet Hub’s Happiest Cities in America
  • 2018, No. 12
Wallet Hub’s Safest Cities in America
  • 2017, No. 4

Columbia Association

Aquatics International Magazine
  • 2015 — Best in Aquatics Programming
Audubon International
  • 2015 — Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, Hobbit’s Glen Golf Club
Baltimore Sun’s Top Workplaces
  • 2013 — No. 14
Department of Energy
  • 2017 — Recognition as one of just 13 “Partners in Better Buildings” through the Better Buildings Alliance’s Interior Lighting Campaign
Environmental Protection Agency
  • 2014 — Special Recognition Award honoring CA’s promotion of community energy efficiency and sustainability through ENERGY STAR
Healthy Howard’s Healthy Workplaces
  • 2013: Gold Level
Howard County NAACP Youth Council
  • 2015 — Community Servant Award, Safire Windley, program coordinator for CA’s Youth and Teen Center
Howard Magazine’s “Best of Howard County,” 2017
  • Best Golf Course: Hobbit’s Glen Golf Club
  • Best Pool for Kids: Swansfield Mini-WaterPark
  • Best Personal Trainer: Bonnie Pace
  • Honorable Mention, Gym: Columbia Gym
  • Honorable Mention, Gym: Supreme Sports Club
  • Honorable Mention, Kids’ Activity: Columbia SportsPark
  • Honorable Mention, Kids’ Activity: SplashDown
  • Honorable Mention, Pool for Kids: River Hill Pool
Howard Magazine’s “Best of Howard County,” 2016
  • Best Golf Course: Hobbit’s Glen Golf Club
  • Best Gym: Supreme Sports Club
  • Best Pool for Kids: Swansfield Mini-WaterPark
  • Best Personal Trainer: Bonnie Pace
  • Honorable Mention, Gym: Columbia Gym
  • Honorable Mention, Kids’ Activity: Columbia SportsPark
  • Honorable Mention, Kids’ Activity: SplashDown
  • Honorable Mention, Pool for Kids: River Hill Pool
Howard Magazine’s “Best of Howard County,” 2015
  • Best Golf Course: Hobbit’s Glen Golf Club
  • Best Gym: Columbia Gym
  • Best Pool for Kids: Swansfield Mini-WaterPark
  • Best Workout Class: BodyPump at Columbia Association
  • Honorable Mention, First Date: Columbia Lakefront
  • Honorable Mention, Gym: Supreme Sports Club
  • Honorable Mention, Kids’ Activity: Columbia SportsPark
  • Honorable Mention, Kids’ Activity: SplashDown
  • Honorable Mention, Personal Trainer: Bonnie Pace (Columbia Gym)
  • Honorable Mention, Place to Enjoy the Arts: Columbia Art Center
  • Honorable Mention, Pool for Kids: River Hill Pool
Howard Magazine’s “Best of Howard County,” 2014
  • Best Personal Trainer: Bonnie Pace (Columbia Gym)
  • Honorable Mention, Kids Activity: SplashDown
  • Honorable Mention, Kids Activity: Columbia SportsPark
  • Honorable Mention, Place to Enjoy the Arts: Columbia Art Center
  • Honorable Mention, Golf Course: Hobbit’s Glen Golf Club
  • Honorable Mention, Gym: Columbia Gym
  • Honorable Mention, Gym: Supreme Sports Club
  • Honorable Mention, Pool for Kids: River Hill Pool
  • Honorable Mention, Pool for Kids: Swansfield Mini-WaterPark
  • Honorable Mention, Workout Class: BodyPump at Columbia Gym
  • Honorable Mention, Workout Class: BodyPump at Supreme Sports Club
  • Honorable Mention, First Date: Columbia Lakefront
Mid-Atlantic Club Management Association (MACMA)
  • 2018 — Award of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Kids Programming: Tennis Whizz
Moody’s issuer ratings
  • 2015 — aa1
Preservation Howard County
  • 2015 — Preservationist of the Year, Barbara Kellner, director of CA’s Columbia Archives
Telly Awards
  • Bronze award for Columbia Matters, Information Category, 2011
  • Bronze award for Columbia Matters, Entertainment Category, 2011
United States Tennis Association
  • 2015 — innovation award for tennis programming
  • 2015 — finalist, organization of the year
  • 2018 — winner, USTA Facility Awards, for Long Reach Tennis Club

Howard County

Country Living’s Best Small Town Main Streets in America
  • 2017 — Ellicott City
Library of the Year
  • 2013, Howard County Library System
Niche.com’s Best School Systems
  • 2014, Howard County Public School System
  • 2017-18, Howard County Public School System
SmartAsset’s Happiest Places in America
  • 2018, No. 10
Sports Illustrated’s Good Sports Communities of the Year
  • 2005, winner out of all of Maryland
24/7 Wall St.’s Best Counties to Live In
  • 2017, No. 5
  • 2018, No. 7
U.S. News and World Report’s Healthiest Communities
  • 2018, No. 20