Howard County
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Howard District was created from Anne Arundel County in 1838. Although unrepresented in the General Assembly, the District enjoyed the status of a county. It officially became Maryland's 21st county on July 4, 1851. It is the smallest county in the state. Approximately 25% of the land is farmland.

Important farm products are dairy and livestock, corn and small grains, pasture and hay. Located in Central Maryland, about 90% of Howard County is in the Piedmont Plateau and 10% is in the Atlantic coastal Plain.

Howard County was named for John Eager Howard (1752-1827), Revolutionary War officer, Maryland governor, and statesman. The county seat is Ellicott City.

Below is some interesting census information about Howard County. Look at the way the county population has changed over the years!

Population Information for Howard County
Population % of MD Population
1790 Census Not yet a county.
1890 Census 16,269 1.6%
1990 Census 187,328 3.9%
2000 Census 247,842 4.7%

© Copyright October 16, 1997, Office of the Secretary of State.
Last Modified October 8, 2003.