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Advance Home Inspection, LLC is a multi-home inspection firm with same day, next day, and weekend services serving Howard County and surrounding areas.

The Inspectors:         

  • We are active InterNACHI (InterNational Association of Certified Home Inspectors) and must complete a minimum 24 hours of continuing education per calendar year. Adhere to the "Standards of Practice", abide by its "Code of Ethics".
  • Have completed Certified Training for "Level One Thermography"
  • Have completed Certified Training with BPI
  • All of our home inspectors continue to educate themselves about the ever changing world of Home Inspecting, Home Building, the Green Effort and more...

Each of our Inspectors are educated, certified, and insured to meet and/or exceed the State of Maryland law.

Because we are a professional Baltimore home inspection company, our inspectors are familiar with a wide variety of situations and employ the latest technology and tools. We have the training, expertise, experience, and tools to find and report issues that, if not corrected in time, may lead to expensive repairs.

By using Advanced Home Inspection, LLC, you benefit from experienced, trained, and certified inspectors that deliver reports that meet or exceed national standards. As a company and inspectors, we encourage your presence during your Howard County home inspection. By being present at the home inspection our professional inspector can familiarize you with the home and explain things to you as they move through the house.

We provide the following inspections in the Howard County Area: 

Home Inspections

Starting as low as $250.00

 

Lead Paint Inspections

Starting as low as $250.00

 

Radon Inspections

Starting at $75.00

Call Advanced Home Inspection today at 443-925-9971 or E-mail us at 
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Links to Resources in Howard County, Maryland:

Howard County official website

Howard County Board of Elections

Howard County Library

Howard County Fire Department

Howard County Hospital

Howard County Police

Howard County Community College

Howard County Public Schools

Howard County Animal Control

Howard County Department of Natural Resources

Howard County Parks & Recreation

Howard County Recycling Division

Howard County Times

The Columbia Foundation

Choose Civility

 

Information about Howard County, Maryland (from Wikipedia.org):

 

Howard County is a county located in the central part of the U.S. state of Maryland, between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. It is considered part of the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area.

In 2010, its population was 287,085. Its county seat is Ellicott City. The center of population of Maryland is located on the county line between Howard County and Anne Arundel County, in the unincorporated town of Jessup.[1]

Due to the proximity of Howard County's population centers to Baltimore, the county has traditionally been considered a part of the Baltimore Metropolitan Area. Recent development in the south of the county has led to some realignment towards the Washington, D.C. media and employment markets. The county is also home to Columbia, a major planned community of 100,000 founded by developer James Rouse in 1967.

Howard County is frequently cited for its affluence, quality of life, and excellent schools. For 2011, it was ranked the third wealthiest county by median household income in the United States by the U.S. Census Bureau. Many of the most affluent communities in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, such as Clarksville, Dayton, Glenelg, Glenwood and West Friendship, are located along the Route 32 corridor in Howard County. The main population center of Columbia/Ellicott City was named 2nd among Money magazine's 2010 survey of "America's Best Places to Live."[2] Howard County's schools frequently rank first in Maryland as measured by standardized test scores and graduation rates.[3]


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History

In 1800, the mean center of U.S. population as calculated by the US Census Bureau was found in what is now Howard County.[4]

To honor John Eager Howard, an officer in the American Revolutionary War and later the fifth Governor of Maryland,[5] the area was designated the Howard District when Anne Arundel County was divided in 1839. The Howard District had the same status as a county except that it was not separately represented in the Maryland General Assembly. In 1851, the district became Howard County.

The county has a number of properties on the National Register of Historic Places.[6]

Geography

Howard County is located in the Piedmont Plateau region, with rolling hills making up most of the landscape. It is bounded on the north and northeast by the Patapsco River, on the southwest by the Patuxent River, and on the southeast by a land border with Anne Arundel County. Both the Patapsco and Patuxent run largely through publicly accessible parkland along the county borders. The Patuxent border includes the Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge reservoirs.

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 253.55 square miles (656.7 km2), the smallest county in Maryland, of which 252.04 square miles (652.8 km2) (or 99.40%) is land and 1.51 square miles (3.9 km2) (or 0.60%) is water.[7]

Adjacent counties

Climate

Most of Howard County lies in Humid subtropical climate zone, with the western edge of the county approaching the transition between the Humid subtropical climate zone and the Humid continental climate zone. As one travels west in the county away from the Baltimore area, the winter temperatures get lower and winter snow is more common. Annual rainfall is about 45 inches (1,100 mm) throughout the county.[8] Over a 50 year period from 1950 to 2010, there were 394 National Climatic Data Center reportable events causing 617 injuries, and 99 fatalities. There were 9 reported tornadoes, reaching a maximum of F2 with no recorded fatalities.[9]

Demographics

Historical populations

Census

Pop.

 

1860

13,338

 

1870

14,150

 

6.1%

1880

16,140

 

14.1%

1890

16,269

 

0.8%

1900

16,715

 

2.7%

1910

16,106

 

−3.6%

1920

15,826

 

−1.7%

1930

16,169

 

2.2%

1940

17,175

 

6.2%

1950

23,119

 

34.6%

1960

36,152

 

56.4%

1970

61,911

 

71.3%

1980

118,572

 

91.5%

1990

187,328

 

58.0%

2000

247,842

 

32.3%

2010

287,085

 

15.8%

2010

The ethnic makeup of the country, according to the 2010 U.S. Census, was the following:

2000

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 247,842 people, 90,043 households, and 65,821 families residing in the county. The population density was 983 people per square mile (380/km²). There were 92,818 housing units at an average density of 368 per square mile (142/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 74.33% White, 14.42% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 7.68% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.11% from other races, and 2.19% from two or more races. 3.02% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 15.1% were of German, 11.0% Irish, 9.3% English, 6.6% Italian and 5.7% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 90,043 households out of which 40.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.50% were married couples living together, 9.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.90% were non-families. 20.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the county the population was spread out with 28.10% under the age of 18, 6.30% from 18 to 24, 34.40% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 7.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 96.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $101,003, and the median income for a family was $117,186 in 2009.[11] The per capita income was $44,120. About 2.70% of families and 4.00% of the population were below the poverty line.

Population history

The following is a population history for Howard County from the U.S. Census Bureau.[12] The ranking compares the population of Howard County to those of the other 23 Maryland counties and Baltimore City.[13][14]

  • 1860.......13,338......(2,862 listed as slaves)[15]
  • 1870.......14,150......19th
  • 1900.......16,715......22nd (Calvert and Caroline fewer)
  • 1910.......16,106......23rd (Calvert fewer)
  • 1920.......15,826......22nd (Calvert and Kent fewer)
  • 1930.......16,169......19th (Calvert, Charles, Kent, Queen Anne's, St. Mary's fewer)
  • 1940.......17,175......20th (Calvert, Kent, Queen Anne's, St. Mary's fewer)
  • 1950.......23,119......18th (Calvert, Caroline, Garrett, Kent, Queen Anne's, Somerset, Talbot fewer)
  • 1960.......36,152......14th (Calvert, Caroline, Charles, Dorchester, Garrett, Kent, Queen Anne's, Somerset, Talbot, Worcester fewer)
  • 1970.......61,911......11th (Howard passing Cecil, St. Mary's, Wicomico in population)
  • 1980......118,572......7th (after only Anne Arundel, Baltimore County and City, Harford, Montgomery, Prince George's)
  • 1990......187,328......6th (passing Harford)
  • 2000......247,842......6th
  • 2004......266,738......6th
  • 2008......274,995

Education and public library

The Howard County Public School System manages 71 schools and serves approximately 49,000 students. The graduation rate from this school district is an above-average 92%, and the county's schools are ranked among the best in the state. Student test scores consistently top the list for all Maryland school districts. Public school construction has kept pace with the county’s growth in recent years in an effort to safeguard against crowded classrooms. Howard High School is currently the largest school in the county with over 1,600 students.

Since 2005, Howard County Library has consistently been ranked among the top 5 libraries in its size category by HAPLR (Hennen's American Public Library Ratings). (Under the library's sponsorship, a campaign called "Choose Civility" started in Howard County in 2006. According to its website, "Choose Civility is an ongoing community-wide initiative, led by Howard County Library, to position Howard County as a model of civility. The project intends to enhance respect, empathy, consideration and tolerance in Howard County." The campaign's distinctive green bumper stickers are often seen in Howard County and neighboring areas.)

Politics and government

Howard County vote
by party in presidential elections

Year

GOP

Dem

Others

2008

38.14% 55,393

59.99% 87,120

1.87% 2,720

2004

44.69% 59,724

54.07% 72,257

1.25% 1,666

2000

44.17% 49,809

51.92% 58,556

3.91% 4,411

1996

42.77% 40,849

49.81% 47,569

7.42% 7,090

1992

38.67% 38,594

44.85% 44,763

16.47% 16,441

1988

56.22% 44,153

43.30% 34,007

0.47% 370

Howard County has developed a reputation for being reliably Democratic. However, it is slightly more moderate than Baltimore, Montgomery County, and Prince George's County. Howard County usually supports Democrats at the state and federal level, though it voted for Republican Bob Ehrlich in the 2002 gubernatorial election over Democrat Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. The last time that Howard County voted for a Republican candidate for President was 1988.

Howard County is governed by a County Council and a County Executive. The current Howard County Executive is Kenneth Ulman, who was initially elected in 2006. Most of the county is in Maryland's 7th congressional district, represented by Democrat Elijah Cummings. A small portion is in Maryland's 3rd congressional district, represented by Democrat John Sarbanes.

Current and past County Executives:

 

Name

Affiliation

Term

 

Omar J. Jones

Democrat

1969–1973

 

Edward L. Cochran

Democrat

1974–1978

 

J. Hugh Nichols

Democrat

1978–1986

 

William E. Eakle

Democrat

1986

 

Elizabeth Bobo

Democrat

1986–1990

 

Charles I. Ecker

Republican

1990–1998

 

James N. Robey

Democrat

1998–2006

 

Kenneth Ulman

Democrat

2006 –

The current members of the County Council are:

Position

Name

Affiliation

District

 

Member

Courtney Watson

Democrat

1

 

Chair

Calvin Ball

Democrat

2

 

Vice-Chair

Jen Terrasa

Democrat

3

 

Member

Mary Kay Sigaty

Democrat

4

 

Member

Gregory Fox

Republican

5

State government

Patuxent Institution, operated by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, is located in the unicorporated town of Jessup in Howard County.

Economy

Top employers

According to Howard County's 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[16] the top employers in the county are:

#

Employer

# of Employees

1

Howard County Public School System

7,850

2

Applied Physics Laboratory

4,400

3

Howard County

2,869

4

Verizon Wireless

2,028

5

Giant

1,953

6

Howard County General Hospital

1,720

7

Columbia Association

1,600

8

SAIC

1,058

9

Wells Fargo

842

10

MICROS Systems

815

Other companies based in Howard County include Arbitron.

Culture and attractions

Unincorporated census-designated places

Howard County has no incorporated municipalities.

Unincorporated areas are considered as towns by many people and listed in many collections of towns, but they lack local government. Various organizations, such as the United States Census Bureau, the United States Postal Service, and local chambers of commerce, define the communities they wish to recognize differently, and since they are not incorporated, their boundaries have no official status outside the organizations in question. The Census Bureau recognizes the following census-designated places in the county:

Other entities, such as the United States Postal Service, use a different selection of local place names. In all these cases, since the places are unincorporated, the boundaries are determined by the classifying authority. Unincorporated places not listed as Census-Designated Places but known in the area include:

Transportation

Airports

Howard County does not have any public or commercial airport facilities. There are two privately owned airstrips, Glenair in Glenwood, Maryland, and Haysfield Airport in Ellicott City, Maryland.[17] Commercial air service is provided at the nearby BWI Airport, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and Washington Dulles International Airport.

Public transportation

Bus routes that operate in Howard County are managed by multiple services, including Howard Transit, Connect a Ride, The Maryland Transit Administration, Commuter Solutions of Howard County, and Neighbor Ride.[18]

Roads

Howard County contains two primary Interstate highways: Interstate 70 which runs east-west across the northern half of the county and Interstate 95 which enters the county in Elkridge and runs north-south to North Laurel, then crossing into Prince Georges County.

Other major routes include U.S. Route 29, which runs from its northern terminus at MD 99 in Ellicott City into Montgomery County, Maryland Route 100 which provides quick access to BWI Airport from Ellicott City and Columbia, and Maryland Route 32 links the northwest suburbs of West Friendship, Glenelg, and Clarksville with Columbia and Fort Meade.

Notable residents and natives

See also

References

1.       ^ "Population and Population Centers by State: 2000". http://www.census.gov/geo/www/cenpop/statecenters.txt. Retrieved 2008-02-08.

2.       ^ "CNN Money Magazine: 2010 Best Places To Live". http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2010/snapshots/PL2419125.html. Retrieved 2010-08-04.

3.       ^ "APL Environment". http://www.jhuapl.edu/employment/environment/howardcounty.asp. Retrieved 2008-02-08.[dead link]

4.       ^ "Mean Center of Population of the United States". http://www.census.gov/population/www/censusdata/files/popctr.pdf. Retrieved 6 October 2010.

5.       ^ "Howard County History". Howard Life. http://www.howardcountymd.gov/HCT/HCT_HCHistory.htm. Retrieved October 26, 2010.

6.       ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. http://nrhp.focus.nps.gov/natreg/docs/All_Data.html.

7.       ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. http://www.census.gov/tiger/tms/gazetteer/county2k.txt. Retrieved 2011-02-13.

8.       ^ "CLARKSVILLE 3 NNE, HOWARD COUNTY, MARYLAND USA". http://www.worldclimate.com/cgi-bin/data.pl?ref=N39W076+2200+181862C. Retrieved 14 March 2011.

9.       ^ "NOAA National Climatic Weather Center Search". http://www4.ncdc.noaa.gov/cgi-win/wwcgi.dll?wwevent~storms. Retrieved 14 March 2011.

10.   ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

11.   ^ "Howard County, Maryland - Fact Sheet - American FactFinder". US Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/ACSSAFFFacts?_event=Search&geo_id=05000US51107&_geoContext=01000US%7C04000US51%7C05000US51107&_street=&_county=howard&_cityTown=howard&_state=04000US24&_zip=&_lang=en&_sse=on&ActiveGeoDiv=geoSelect&_useEV=&pctxt=fph&pgsl=050&_submenuId=factsheet_1&ds_name=ACS_2007_3YR_SAFF. Retrieved 2010-10-21.

12.   ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". http://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/md190090.txt. Retrieved 2008-02-08.

13.   ^ http://www.co.ho.md.us/DPZ/DPZDocs/issue17.pdf

14.   ^ https://jscholarship.library.jhu.edu/bitstream/handle/1774.2/32620/Distance%20Table.jpg?sequence=14

15.   ^ Joseph R. Mitchell, David Stebenne. New City Upon a Hill: A History of Columbia, Maryland. p. 21.

16.   ^ County of Howard CAFR

17.   ^ "NASR Airports". http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&msid=111223186103531186653.00047f1e20be8b2d1d1aa&hl=en&gl=us&ved=0CHMQkAVIAA&sa=X&ei=uFWrTKafEpH8yAXs-KivCQ.

18.   ^ "Transit Services". http://www.howardtransit.com/services/Default.asp. Retrieved 6 October 2010.