ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Columbia was named the second Happiest City in America for 2022 by WalletHub, the personal finance outlet. WalletHub compared 182 of the largest cities — including the 150 most populated U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state — across three key dimensions: emotional & physical well-being, income & employment and community & environment. Columbia was listed 8th Happiest City in 2021.  

This recognition speaks to our concerted efforts to improve the quality of life for all our residents here in Howard County. People want to live, work, play, and grow here because of our connected green spaces, quality schools, robust businesses, and the strong sense of community. Howard County’s focus on building a diverse and inclusive community makes it a great place to live and thrive.

Calvin Ball
Howard County Executive

"We are proud to have such an active role in serving Columbia in ways that earn this community national recognition, particularly in environmental stewardship, all aspects of wellness and inclusion for people of all experiences and backgrounds," Columbia Association (CA) President/CEO Lakey Boyd said. "We believe an engaged and connected community is indeed a happy community, and CA is an important part of that fabric in Columbia. We remain committed to being a leader in these areas in order to best serve this incredibly special community." 

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