Columbia, Maryland Education and City Information

Columbia, Maryland, is a planned city of villages that was created in 1967. Columbia has a community college and is close to several specialty and career schools, universities and colleges. Find out more about Columbia, including its population, industries and educational options below.

Information about Columbia, Maryland

Columbia, Maryland, occupies approximately 14,000 acres of land. The city is located about a half-hour from Baltimore and Washington D.C. The population of Columbia was 99,615 in 2010 U.S. Census data, and about 52% of residents were white. The median household income was $100,252, as of 2010 to 2014 census info. Among residents, nearly 95% had a high school education and about 63% had at least a bachelor's degree.

The city features many hiking and biking trails for outdoor enthusiasts. The city also hosts a number of festivals throughout the year and has several indoor and outdoor theatres. The Festival of the Arts occurs annually in June and runs for most of the month. Other attractions of interest include the African Art Museum, Historic Oakland and the Howard County Center of African American Culture.

Higher Education

Columbia has one school in its city limits, a public school known as Howard Community College. This 2-year school enrolled almost 10,000 students and offers certificate and associate's degree programs, as of Fall 2014.

Within 15 miles of Columbia, residents can find 10 additional public and private non-profit schools, including the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. This 4-year public school had almost 14,000 students enrolled in its undergraduate and graduate programs.

Capitol Technology University and Coppin State University are about 12 miles away, as is the Ner Israel Rabbinical College. University of Baltimore is almost 15 miles away, in Baltimore. A public university, it's ranked 122nd among regional universities in the North, according to 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings. The University of Maryland-Baltimore is also about 15 miles away, and several of its graduate programs well well-ranked in 2016: #48 for its law school, #5 for its Doctor of Nursing Practice program and #8 for its master's-level nursing program, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Economy and Employment

Columbia is in an optimal location, has good transportation systems, is an easy commute to Washington, D.C., and has a highly educated pool of workers. Some of the major employers in Howard County, which includes Columbia, are Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Lorien Health Systems, Howard County General Hospital, Howard Community College and Verizon, according to the Maryland Department of Commerce in 2015.

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