Ellicott City, Maryland

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Ellicott City, Maryland

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.

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High Points

Ellicott City strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Maryland):

Category Trophy
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Ellicott City Median Family Income
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Ellicott City College Educated Adults
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Ellicott City Low Rate of Poverty
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Ellicott City Well-Paid Single Men
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Ellicott City People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Ellicott City Well-Paid Single Women

Comparative Profile of Ellicott City, Maryland

Comparing Ellicott City to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Maryland (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Men 10 9
Well-Paid Single Women 9 9
Age of the Population 8 7
Male Share of the Population 7 9
Racial Diversity 7 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 4
Female Share of the Population 4 3
Senior Citizens 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 9
Average Household Size 8 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 10 10
College Educated Adults 10 9
People Above Poverty 10 9
People in Middle Class or Better 10 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 9 8
Public Transportation Use 5 5
Short Commute Times 3 6
Walking and Biking to Work 3 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 9 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 5 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 5
Affordability of Rents 4 3
People Living Alone 3 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 1

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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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
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Ellicott City Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 56,397 100%
Male 27,610 49%
Female 28,787 51%
Under 18 16,073 28.5%
18+ 40,324 71.5%
65+ 5,392 9.6%
Median Age 37.3
Average Family Size 3.22
White 44,177 78.3%
African-American 4,138 7.3%
Asian 6,714 11.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 84 0.1%
Other 313 0.6%
Mixed Race 962 1.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,209 2.1%

Ellicott City Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.4%
German 16.6%
Irish 12.2%
English 9.2%
Italian 8.3%
US/American 5.5%
Polish 4.2%
European 1.8%
Scottish 1.8%
Russian 1.7%
French (except Basque) 1.5%
Scotch-Irish 1.1%
Norwegian 0.8%
Dutch 0.7%
Greek 0.6%
French Canadian 0.6%
Swedish 0.6%
British 0.6%
Iranian 0.5%
Welsh 0.5%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Slovak 0.4%
Danish 0.4%
Hungarian 0.4%
African 0.4%
Eastern European 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Jamaican 0.3%
Egyptian 0.3%
Nigerian 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Swiss 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
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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 Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Ellicott City 56,397 $91,968
Baltimore 651,154 $35,438
Columbia 88,254 $83,753
Laurel 19,960 $58,552
Owings Mills 20,193 $61,079
Sykesville 4,197 $75,758
Towson 51,793 $75,832

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Wal-mart in Ellicott City

(As of 2006)
3200 North Ridge Road
(410) 418-5780
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