• Sarah Lipkowitz

Affordable Neighborhoods In Howard County, MD

Updated: Dec 29, 2019

Similar to my article on the most affordable neighborhoods in Montgomery County, Maryland, “affordable” is a relative term. The suburbs surrounding Baltimore and D.C. can be very pricey, but rest assured you have plenty of options. Here are the most affordable neighborhoods in Howard County, Maryland.

Ilchester. This suburb of Baltimore is nestled between route 29 and the I-95 corridor making it quite convenient for commuters traveling to Baltimore though public transportation is not a strong suit. This area is experiencing some growth and residents are quite happy with the variety of restaurants and shops in the area. Since Howard County schools rank as the best in the state, this neighborhood is excellent for families. Beautiful and well-maintained parks and trails are easy to come by.

Median Home Value: $375,800

Median Rent: $1,685

Elkridge. Just east of Ilchester, on the other side of I-95, is Elkridge. The schools are excellent and commuters will love the 10-minute commute to Baltimore. Be aware that Elkridge is quite a bit quieter than some of the other neighborhoods on this list so if you prefer a bit more nightlife, this might not be the neighborhood for you. That being said, it shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes to get to an area that is a bit livelier.

Median Home Value: $314,800

Median Rent: $1,627

North Laurel. Laurel is a diverse community with plenty of restaurants and shops. Residents here are quite happy with the schools and commuters will find that this is yet another convenient location situated halfway between D.C. and Baltimore on I-95. Commuting north to Baltimore will be the easier commute, but if someone in the household needs to commute towards the District, they can certainly do so from North Laurel. From this location, you can more easily get to public transportation than you can from some of the other neighborhoods on this list.

Median Home Value: $335,400

Median Rent: $1,702

Columbia. This small city has a lot to offer. Columbia routinely ranks on the list of the best places to live in the whole of the United States! As you may have guessed, the schools are fantastic so there are lots of families living here. Public transportation is more accessible than it is in much of Howard County and there is no shortage of shops and restaurants to choose from. The community is very dog friendly and residents have access to plenty of parks and trails. Merriweather Post Pavilion hosts concerts and events year-round. It isn’t unusual for big tours to stop in Columbia.

Median Home Value: $364,900

Median Rent: $1,604

Savage. Don’t let the name fool you; this is a serene historic community featuring bakeries, antique shops, and beautiful trails. Savage itself is pretty quiet and has a small-town feel, but you don’t have to travel far to get to bustling towns and major cities. Residents love the schools and the area is experiencing economic growth. It also doesn’t hurt that this is the most affordable neighborhood on the list.

Median Home Value: $311,900

Median Rent: $1,394

If you find yourself moving to Howard County, Maryland, you won’t be disappointed. In Howard County, there is something for everyone because there are so many communities to choose from. Though the median home values sit well above the national average, you don’t have to pay seven figures to live in a fantastic community and have access to well-paying jobs and top-notch schools. For more tips, be sure to check out my article on relocating to Maryland. Good luck!

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