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Time Zone: Howard County lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Ellicott City is the Seat for Howard County.

Howard County was founded in 1851. Howard was created by taking area from and Counties.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Howard had a population of 281,884 people. This is an increase of 13.74% since the last Census (which gave a population of 247,842 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Howard represented 4.68% of the total population of Maryland, making it the state's 5th most populous county (out of 24 counties).

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

YearPopulationChange
Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010287,085+15.83%+1.85% since 2009
2009281,884+13.74%+1.69% since 2008
2008277,187+11.84%+1.15% since 2007
2007274,038+10.57% 
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2000247,842The Last Census

More information can be found on the Howard County Census Page for Howard County.

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Websites for Howard County

Official Website:   www.co.ho.md.us/

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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