HOWARD COUNTY, MARYLAND

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    [County Seal, Howard County, Maryland] Origin: Howard District was created from Anne Arundel County by Chapter 22, Acts of 1838 (confirmed by Chapter 49, Acts of 1839, & further authorized by Chapter 98, Acts of 1839). Although unrepresented in the General Assembly, the District enjoyed the status of a county. It officially was formed as a county in 1851 (Const. 1851, Art. VIII, sec. I). The County was named for John Eager Howard (1752-1827), Revolutionary War officer, Maryland governor, and statesman.

    Boundaries: Bounded north by Baltimore & Carroll counties; east by Patapsco River & Anne Arundel County; south by Prince George's County; west by Montgomery County.


    [photo, George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, Maryland] County Code & Charter
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    Ellicott City, MD 21043
    Form of Government: Charter since 1968
    Population: 1990 census: 187,328; 2000 census: 247,842; 2010 census: 287,085

    George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, Maryland, October 2014. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


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    websites:
    Aging & Independence, Office on: www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Community-Resources-and-Services/Office-on-Aging-and-Independence
    Budget Office: www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/County-Administration/Budget
    Circuit Court: www.courts.state.md.us/clerks/howard/general.html
    Community College: www.howardcc.edu
    Community Resources & Services Dept.: www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Community-Resources-and-Services
    County Council: http://cc.howardcountymd.gov/
    County Executive: www.howardcountymd.gov/Branches/County-Executive
    County Government: www.howardcountymd.gov/Home
    County Government Directory: www.howardcountymd.gov/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=OdXyAbeKcqY%3d&tabid=1504&portalid=0
    District Court: www.courts.state.md.us/district/directories/courtmap.html#HOWARD
    Economic Development Authority: www.hceda.org
    Elections Board: www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Board-of-Elections
    Finance Dept.: www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Finance
    Health Dept.: www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Health
    Housing & Community Development Dept.: www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Housing
    Human Resources: www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/County-Administration/Human-Resources
    Inspections, Licenses, & Permits Dept.: www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Inspections-Licenses-and-Permits
    Job Service: www.dllr.state.md.us/county/howard/
    Library: http://hclibrary.org/
    Planning & Zoning Dept.: www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Planning-and-Zoning
    Police Dept.: www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Police
    Public Defender: www.opd.state.md.us/districts/dist10.aspx
    Public Information Office: www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/County-Administration/Public-Information
    Public Schools: www.hcpss.org
    Public Works: www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Public-Works
    Recreation & Parks Dept.: www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Recreation-and-Parks
    Register of Wills: http://registers.maryland.gov/main/howard.html
    Sheriff: www.howardcountymd.gov/Branches/Sheriffs-Office
    Social Services Dept.: http://dhr.maryland.gov/local-offices/howard-county/
    State's Attorney: www.howardcountymd.gov/Branches/States-Attorney
    Tourism Office: www.visithowardcounty.com

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