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Old 06-11-2007, 06:59 PM
 
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My family and I have recently begun to look in relocating to Columbia. However, are main problem is that we want our children (11 and 14) to end up going to Centennial High School, since that is considered the best school in Howard County.

So, looking at it, we would have to live in Ellicott City to send our kids to Centennial High.

My question to you is, what are the main differences between Ellicott City and Columbia? Is one more family orientated then the other? How does the wealth and the crime vary? Are the people more friendly in one town, compared to the other? Is their more to do in either one?

All of your help is appreciated.

Matt
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Old 06-11-2007, 10:10 PM
 
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Columbia is an very large well planned community consisting of a number of individually named "Villages". e.g. The Village of Dorsey Run, The Village of Owen Brown, etc. Each village has its own High School, local shopping center, etc. Now, although Columbia is very large with all of these different villages, all the villages and streets look similar.

Ellicott City on the other hand, is more spread out and is more or less a typical small town with different communities and a historic district.
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Old 06-12-2007, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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My family and I have recently begun to look in relocating to Columbia. However, are main problem is that we want our children (11 and 14) to end up going to Centennial High School, since that is considered the best school in Howard County.

So, looking at it, we would have to live in Ellicott City to send our kids to Centennial High.

My question to you is, what are the main differences between Ellicott City and Columbia? Is one more family orientated then the other? How does the wealth and the crime vary? Are the people more friendly in one town, compared to the other? Is their more to do in either one?

All of your help is appreciated.

Matt

Ellicott City is smaller, less of a "development." fewer apartments, olderon average, nicer, IMO.

Regards,

Ty Ford
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Old 06-13-2007, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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I think Ellicott City is definitely a nicer area, the schools are rated higher than Columbia. Centennial is a very reputable school.

Even though Columbia isn't a "city," it has the mall and traffic and commerical areas, whereas Ellicott City is more of where the families live has the shopping centers and considered a more suburban feel.
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Old 06-14-2007, 05:23 PM
 
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The people are disgustingly rude,prices are inflated ,customer service is non existant,but if I had to choose? Columbia would not be my choice

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My family and I have recently begun to look in relocating to Columbia. However, are main problem is that we want our children (11 and 14) to end up going to Centennial High School, since that is considered the best school in Howard County.

So, looking at it, we would have to live in Ellicott City to send our kids to Centennial High.

My question to you is, what are the main differences between Ellicott City and Columbia? Is one more family orientated then the other? How does the wealth and the crime vary? Are the people more friendly in one town, compared to the other? Is their more to do in either one?

All of your help is appreciated.

Matt
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Old 06-15-2007, 12:44 AM
 
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My family and I have recently begun to look in relocating to Columbia. However, are main problem is that we want our children (11 and 14) to end up going to Centennial High School, since that is considered the best school in Howard County.

So, looking at it, we would have to live in Ellicott City to send our kids to Centennial High.

My question to you is, what are the main differences between Ellicott City and Columbia? Is one more family orientated then the other? How does the wealth and the crime vary? Are the people more friendly in one town, compared to the other? Is their more to do in either one?

All of your help is appreciated.

Matt
Don't get me wrong Centennial High School is good, but so is River Hill, Atholton, Mr. Hebron, Glenelg. So you don't have to live in Ellicott City to find a good high school. You can also look at parts of Columbia and Clarksville as well. Pay attention to the middle schools too, they are way important as your 11 year old will be in one and they can vary greatly in quality and discipline issues as well. Now when you are looking at a house if there is a school you want to go to, do not go by what the realtors say...check with the Howard County Department of Education to see which school you are zoned for. There was a big redistricting recently and it changed so many neighborhoods that some that were zoned for Centennial (and all the schools) are not now, and sometimes is the diffence between owning on one side of the street or the other. They used to have open enrollment here but they closed it a few years ago and they are strictly enforcing it. So if you buy a house and then find out it isn't zoned to the school you wanted you will be out of luck. Also Ellicott City is still growing, in leaps and bounds, new developments are everywhere, so if the population shifts again so will the districting....you will need to think about that when you buy. Starting in a school is no guarentee that you will finish there.

If you can affort to spend a bunch on a house you will be fine in Ellicott City, there are the few and far between fixer uppers as well but you will have to do a lot of work in these. Good luck to you.
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Old 09-27-2007, 01:49 PM
 
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Hello,
I will be moving for 5-6 months for a job.......... and I was wondering what areas are safe? My job is in clarksville and I havent been able to find any apartments there. Any advice?
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Old 09-28-2007, 07:29 AM
 
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There are a ton of apartments in Columbia, you might have trouble finding one for only 5-6 months, though. There are some good areas, and some that are not as good- but I wouldn't really say any are bad- with the possible exception of one stretch of Tamar Dr. where there tends to be more petty crime than other areas.
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Old 10-04-2007, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Takoma Park, MD
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Ellicott City has a enormous asian (mostly korean) population due to many asian parents moving their families into the area just for them to attend centennial high. So that can be a good thing if you are asian yourself and looking for a strong asian community. Ellicott City has many stores and signs in korean.

Overall Ellicott City is a much nicer area than columbia, but COlumbia also has some very nice new developments, especially just next to the Columbia Town Center.
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