Columbia, MD Recognized as the Best Place to Live

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Money Magazine recently ranked Columbia, Maryland as the best place to live in the United States. According to the publication, Columbia ranked number 1 because of its job growth, economic opportunities, school systems, and socioeconomic diversity.

“For the Columbia community to be consistently ranked in the Top 10 says a lot about the quality of life here and, in general, Howard County,” said President and CEO of Columbia Association (CA) Milton W. Matthews on the CA website.

At IMPAQ, we love that our headquarters was established in Columbia and we look forward to the area’s continued growth. What makes Columbia great? We asked our staff:


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My favorite things about Columbia are that it is centrally located in between Washington, DC and Baltimore, Merriweather Post Pavilion is a wonderful venue for concerts and events, there are outdoor parks and walking paths, lots of shopping and dining options, and it is a diverse community.” – Demet Cress, Executive Recruiter

“My favorite thing about Columbia is hanging out by the lake after work in the summertime.” – Lauren Lochocki, Research Analyst

“My favorite parts of Columbia are the diverse local dining options that are easily available.” – Tyler Coy, Associate IT Specialist

“My favorite thing to do in Columbia is to have lunch by the lake.” – Nisha Manikoth, Senior Associate

“The best things about Columbia are the parks and recreation, the lakeside area, the good schools, the convenient location, and IMPAQ International! – Sharon Benus, CEO 

“My favorite thing about working in Columbia is that I am close to both Baltimore and DC!” – Luke Patterson, Senior Research Analyst

“My favorite part of Columbia is Symphony Woods—the trees and the fact that it is right out my window! Also, the library—it’s awesome!” – Zachary Miller, Research Associate

“My favorite parts of Columbia are the recreational parks and playgrounds, the schools, Merriweather Post Pavilion, and Whole Foods. Also, Columbia has a diverse community and is a great place to raise children.” – Leanne Ayele, Talent Acquisition Specialist