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Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 07/12/2010

Md. town #2 'best place to live'

By Washington Post editors

Money Magazine has ranked Columbia/Ellicott City #2 on its “America’s Best Places to Live 2010 list -- the only spot in the mid-Atlantic region ranked in the top 20.

Eden Prairie, Minn., won the top spot in the annual survey.

According to Money Magazine:

"Ellicott City boasts grand homes, a lovely 18th-century downtown, and lots of restaurants. Columbia offers a wide range of housing, tons of parkland, and a major music venue. … It's also an economic powerhouse with a jobless rate just as enviable as Eden Prairie's.

“The nearby National Security Agency and the Fort Meade Army base together account for more than 8,000 jobs, and the government plans to move thousands more positions there by next year. Baltimore and D.C. are within commuting distance (30 and 60 minutes, respectively).

“As for housing, the foreclosure rate is one of the lowest in Maryland, yet homes are affordable -- by Northeast standards, anyway. Factor in excellent schools and a diverse population (17% of residents are black, 14% Asian), and you can see why this place has become a magnet for families."

By Washington Post editors  | July 12, 2010; 12:11 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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The greater DC area really is a fantastic place to live- CNN's Money Magazine ranked nearby Vienna, Virginia the #4 place to live in the country!

Take a look at the Wydler Brothers blog- they profile great neighborhoods and events around DC, Maryland and Virginia!

Posted by: elisabeth_3ships | July 12, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I lived in Ellicott City and really liked it. However, it was very expensive but there are certainly a lot of career opportunities in the area.
Still miss Sabatino's in Little Italy just off the Inner Harbor.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | July 12, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I've lived in Ellicott City and Columbia for many years now. It's got its good areas and, like everywhere else, its bad areas. The mentioned diversity doesn't take into account the high percentage of ILLEGAL mexicans and others that shouldn't be here. Some of the schools are great while others are terrible. We've certainly got a wide range! By some estimates though, the illegal population is as high as 80%-90% of certain groups being illegal. Nothing's being done about it. The schools know about it, of course, but they'll never report anyone because they are funded by number of students, not whether or not the student has a right to suck down Americans' tax money illegally.

I just hope more state follow Arizona and adopt tighter laws on illegals. It's one thing to come here legally and over-stay your welcome, but it's an entirely different thing to sneak into the USA and then hide out hoping no one will find you. If I invited someone to my house for a party that ends at midnight and find them there in the morning, I'll ask them to leave unless they give me a compelling reason they couldn't leave on time. However, if someone sneaks into my house to attend the party, you can bet I don't give a rat's ass what their excuse is or how pathetic their story is, they're out on their ear and will NEVER be allowed back in the future. If they had come, rang the bell and asked, I might well have invited them in for a drink and conversation.

Kick all the illegals out and forever deny them entrance. I'm sure they'll think twice before sneaking in.

Posted by: ConcernedAmerican469 | July 12, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

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