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Overview

Introduction to Ellicott City, Maryland

Ellicott City is an unincorporated community in Howard County, Maryland. It has a population of 56,397.

Ellicott City History

Ellicott City is the county seat of Howard County. The community was named in honor of its founders, Andrew, John and Joseph Ellicott, the Bucks County Quakers. It was formerly known as Ellicott's Mills. A city charter was secured for the community in 1867, when its name was changed to Ellicott City. However, it lost its charter in 1935, and became a designated historic district in 1973. The house of the Ellicott brothers was destroyed by Hurricane Anges, which also caused extensive flooding in the downtown Main Street area.

Ellicott City and nearby Attractions

  • Howard County Historical Society
  • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
  • Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Station Museum
  • Patapsco Valley State Park
  • Cylburn Arboretum
  • Audubon Naturalist Society Refuge

Things To Do In Ellicott City

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Station Museum, the oldest railroad station in America, is located in Ellicott City. It houses various exhibits including a large train model. The Thomas Isaac Log Cabin is a rustic structure that was built by an early settler in 1780. The Howard County Farm Heritage Museum showcases artifacts and memorabilia reflecting the history of the area. The Patapsco Valley State Park, which is spread across 14,000 acres along the Patapsco River, offers facilities for canoeing, biking, fishing, hiking, horseback riding and picnicking. The Chatham Mall Shopping Center, the Normandy Shopping Center, the Village Green Shopping Center and the Golden Triangle Shopping Center are the local shopping centers. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Carroll Park Golf Course, the Waverly Woods Golf Club, Woodlands Golf Course or at Hobbit's Glen Golf Club.

Ellicott City Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

Ellicott City Higher Education

Howard Community College, the Community College of Baltimore County, and the University of Baltimore are some of the nearby colleges and universities.

People

Total Population
Male Share of the Population
Female Share of the Population
Senior Citizens
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population

Families

% of people married
Average household size

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher
Median Earnings25+
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification
Median Earnings With High School Degree

Wealth

Median Family Income
% Above Poverty Level
% Below Poverty Level

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time
% Working from Home
% Walking and Biking to Work
% Using Public Transportation

Housing

People Living Alone
Median Gross Rent
Median House Value

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)
US/American
English
Irish

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Ellicott City Almanac

Category Value
County Howard
Standard Zip Codes 21042, 21043
P.O. Box Zip Codes 21041
Phone Area Codes 410
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.267
Longitude -76.798

Ellicott City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station WOODSTOCK
Distance 5.8 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 42 F
Apr Temp 41 to 67 F
Jul Temp 64 to 88 F
Oct Temp 44 to 68 F
Annual Precip 45.6 inches
Station BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON AP
Distance 9.3 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 41 F
Apr Temp 42 to 65 F
Jul Temp 66 to 87 F
Oct Temp 44 to 67 F
Annual Precip 41.9 inches
Station TOWSON
Distance 14.8 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 42 F
Apr Temp 43 to 65 F
Jul Temp 67 to 87 F
Oct Temp 47 to 68 F
Annual Precip 51.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Ellicott City, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Daniels (21043)

Ellicott (21041, 21042, 21043)

Ilchester (21043)

Oella (21043)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Baltimore 622,454 $51,032
Columbia 103,055 $119,845
Laurel 25,849 $78,688
Owings Mills 33,732 $75,323
Sykesville 4,429 $116,101
Towson 57,725 $107,355

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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