Fastest-growing city in Maryland: Ellicott City
Number of households: 25,831
Change YOY: 2.17 percent
Change since 2000: 20.46 percent
Average household income: $121,583
Why: Ellicott City, located between job hubs in Washington and Baltimore, is part of the highly ranked Howard County school system and, according to weichert.com, offers many outdoor recreational activities such as camping, biking, hiking, boating, tennis, and golfing. The median home value in this wealthy suburb was $443,000 in February, compared to $229,300 for the state, according to Zillow.com.