Considered one of the best places to live in the United States as well as one of the country's most affluent communities, Ellicott City is located in central Maryland. The residential districts, of course, reflect this upscale reputation, boasting spacious, decadent homes that go up to sizes of 6000 or 7000 square feet. Traditional and colonial style homes are popular in Ellicott City, no matter what their square footage, though some Tudor designed homes are available as well.
In the big picture, Ellicott City is divided into two major sections, the historic or 'Old Ellicott City', which is the downtown area of the city located in the Patapsco Valley, and the more newly developed suburban areas that extend north, west, and south. There are a total of 16 constituent neighborhoods located in the city. Main Street and Maryland Avenue are two of the primary thoroughfares that run through the downtown and feature many small businesses, shops, fine restaurants, and historical residences. Centennial Park and the Ellicott City Station are two of the well-known town landmarks. Small historic hamlets dot the landscape, and many of these are very family-friendly, with close access to top-quality schools. Among the most well-to-do neighborhoods of Ellicott City are Rockland, Pine Orchard, Ilchester, West Friendship, Baltimore National Pike, Turf Valley Road, Montgomery Road, and Old Saint Johns Lane.
Because of its primetime location and its reputation as one of the most haunted cities in America, Ellicott City enjoys a strong tourism and leisure industry, among its other major employing sectors. Major tourist attractions, which offer jobs to hundreds of residents, include the Enchanted Forest, the Shrine of St. Anthony, the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, and the Trolley Line Number 9 Trail. Government and education are two other mainstays of the local economy, with the local governing offices and the numerous schools of the area acting as two of the largest employers in Ellicott City.