The website Nerdwallet.com named Howard County as one of its top 10 counties to work in.
The site analyzed factors like jobs, average salaries, city growth and commute times to determine the top 10 counties to work in, and ranked Howard eighth.
"Howard County’s unemployment rate has seen slight increases in 2013, but remains well below the national rate (it was reported at 5.5 % in July 2013). The median income for the county is the second highest in the top 10, at $73,050 per year," wrote the site in its ranking.
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman welcomed the news, saying in a statement, "Howard County is the No. 1 place in Maryland for jobs, a distinction earned through hard work, tough choices and a focus on innovation, education and quality of life. Howard County added more jobs than any other place in the state between 2007 and 2012, and 76 percent of that job growth was in the private sector. Our entrepreneurial spirit is leading the way.”
Howard was the only Maryland county ranked in the top 10, but three Virginia counties were ranked in the top four. Loudoun County was second, Alrington County was third and Fairfax County was fourth.