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Ellicott City
Ellicott City is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Howard County, Maryland, United States. The population was 56,397 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Howard County.[1] Founded in 1772, the town features a Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Station Museum (with a station built in 1831), as well as a downtown historic district that is a popular destination among antiques shoppers. As of the 2000 Census, Ellicott City surpassed Towson, Maryland as the largest unincorporated county seat in the state.

In July 2005, Ellicott City was ranked the 20th Best Place to Live in the United States by CNN/Money and Money magazine. In July 2006, Ellicott City/Columbia was ranked 4th by CNN/Money and Money magazine on its list of the 100 Best Places to Live in the United States.

Ellicott City is listed amongst America's most affluent communities and is located in Howard County, the third richest county in the United States according the U.S. Census Bureau.[2]

The downtown area is often called "Historic Ellicott City" or "Old Ellicott City", to distinguish it from the unincorporated area that extends north to the Baltimore County line, south to Columbia, and west to West Friendship.
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Columbia is a census-designated place and planned community in Howard County, Maryland, United States. It is a suburb of Baltimore and, to a lesser degree, Washington, DC. It began with the idea that a city could enhance its residents' quality of life. Creator and developer James W. Rouse saw the new community in terms of human values, not just in terms of economics and engineering. Opened in 1967, Columbia was designed to not only eliminate the inconveniences of then-current subdivision design, but also eliminate racial, religious, and income segregation.

Today, Columbia has a population of about 94,600 (making it the largest unincorporated community in Maryland). By the early 2000s, the town had acquired many of the characteristics of other contemporary U.S. suburbs, such as increasingly large private homes on large parcels and "big-box" retail stores accessible mostly by automobile. Nevertheless, Rouse's ethos remains a strong influence upon the physical and political development of Columbia.
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Laurel is a Maryland, U.S. city located midway between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. Incorporated in 1870, the city maintains a historic district including its Main Street. The official population estimate for Laurel city was 21,945 as of 2006.[1]

While the city proper is located entirely within Prince George's County, the larger area generally known by locals as Laurel spreads eastward into Anne Arundel County, northward into Howard County, and west toward (though not into) Montgomery County. Including all of the areas with Laurel postal zip codes, the population was 87,810 per the 2000 census.[2][3]

Laurel is near Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory, the Fort Meade Army base, and the National Security Agency (NSA). It is also adjacent to Laurel Park Racecourse, a horse racetrack in Anne Arundel County.
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Clarksville is both the name of an unincorporated community and the name associated with District 5 in Howard County in the U.S. state of Maryland. The United States Census Bureau uses the district as a county subdivision for statistical purposes. The community is named for William Clark, a farmer who owned much of the land on which the community now lies.

According to the Howard County Economic Development Authority, the community of Clarksville had a population of 16,593 as of 2007.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Clarksville District 5 had a population of 56,239 in the 2000 census.

The village of River Hill is contained within Clarksville, the newest addition to the planned community of Columbia.

Clarksville has the highest family income of any township in the county ($159,266) and is one of the most affluent towns in the US. It is unofficially considered the wealthiest town in Maryland, which is the fifth wealthiest state in the U.S. It is known for the politicians and some of America's wealthiest people that have homes in the area[citation needed]. Clarksville's public schools, part of the Howard County public school system, are among the highest-ranked in the nation and often have significantly higher funding than competing private and charter schools. Some of the most expensive homes on the East Coast are located in or around the town, whose property values are among the highest in the country.

The area is located southwest of Baltimore and north of Washington, D.C., and many residents of Clarksville commute to work in one of these two cities or their close-in suburbs.
Silver Spring
Silver Spring is an urbanized, unincorporated area in Montgomery County, Maryland, USA. After Baltimore and Columbia, Silver Spring is the third most populous Census Designated Place in Maryland. The boundaries of Silver Spring are defined differently by various governmental and business entities. In its most common definition, Silver Spring would be the second most populous "city" in Maryland, after Baltimore.

The urbanized, oldest, and southernmost part of Silver Spring is a major business hub that lies at the north apex of Washington, D.C.. As of 2004, the Central Business District (CBD) held 7,254,729 square feet (673,986 m˛) of office space, 5216 dwelling units and 17.6 acres of parkland. The population density of this CBD area of Silver Spring was 15,600 per square mile all within 360 acres (1.5 km˛) and approximately 2˝ square miles in the CBD/downtown area. The community has recently undergone a significant renaissance, with the addition of major retail, residential, and office developments. Notably, Discovery Communications' world headquarters are located downtown.

Silver Spring takes its name from a mica-flecked spring discovered there in 1840 by Francis Preston Blair, who subsequently bought much of the surrounding land. Acorn Park, tucked away in an area of south Silver Spring away from the main downtown, is believed to be the site of the original spring.
Elkridge is a census-designated place (CDP) in Howard County, Maryland, United States. The population was 22,042 at the 2000 census. Founded early in the 18th century, Elkridge is located at the confluence of three counties, the other two being Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties. It is bordered on the north by Catonsville, on the east by Linthicum and Baltimore-Washington International Airport, on the south by Dorsey, and on the west by various small communities between it and Columbia.
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