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Brighton Gardens of Columbia

7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia, MD 21045

4.1
(39 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, Semi-Private

Brighton Gardens of Columbia is located in the planned city of Columbia, Maryland, a city nationally ranked as one of the 10 Best Places to Live by MONEY, CNN, and FORBES. Against the perfect blend of parks, walking paths, and abundant shopping, Brighton Gardens of Columbia offers a beautifully...

Sunrise of Columbia

6500 Freetown Road, Columbia, MD 21044

4.3
(31 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, Semi-Private

In elegant, residential environments, we deliver the finest in senior care, and are recognized internationally for both quality and innovation. Guided by our Principles of Service, Sunrise affords families peace-of-mind by providing today's seniors with a range of personalized assisted living...

Harmony Hall

6336 Cedar Lane, Columbia, MD 21044

4.0
(16 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Harmony Hall has been a landmark in Howard County for over a quarter of a century. With a focus on quality care, socialization, and independence, our philosophy encourages our residents to age in place. Our visionary, diverse campus offers access to 24/7 nursing and caregiving support, on-site...

Residences at Vantage Point

5400 Vantage Point Rd, Columbia, MD 21044

4.0
(1 review)

Studio, Semi-Private, 1 Bed, 2 Bed

Residences at Vantage Point in Columbia, Maryland, a not-for-profit, non-denominational Life Plan Community with all the extras you could imagine.You've done quite a lot in your life. When it comes to some things, you've done enough. Mowing the lawn, fixing the meals, shoveling snow, repairing...

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Heatherwood Community

9642 Burke Lake Rd, Burke, VA 22015

4.8
(82 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed

Heatherwood Community, located in Burke, offers Independent Living and Assisted Living. You'll have peace of mind knowing we are a Retirement Unlimited, Inc community, family-owned and operated in Virginia with a proud 35+ year tradition of providing exceptional care for senior adults.

Spring Hills Mount Vernon

3709 Shannons Green Way, Alexandria, VA 22309

4.3
(90 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

At Spring Hills Mount Vernon, we are committed to making healthy living the foundation of every aspect of life. From dining that truly satisfies, to fitness that invigorates and motivates, down to the smaller details, such as our use of safe, non-toxic cleaning products in each assisted living...

Morningside House of Friendship

7548 Old Telegraph Rd, Hanover, MD 21076

4.6
(82 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Morningside House of Friendship is located in beautiful Hanover, Maryland, and is considered the 'top-referred' assistant living facility in the area. We are known for our ability to provide effective and compassionate care for seniors of all care levels. Staff members possess unique skills and...

Ashleigh at Lansdowne Community

44124 Woodridge Pkwy, Lansdowne, VA 20176

4.7
(61 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

The Ashleigh at Lansdowne Community, located in Leesburg, offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Inspiritas - Memory Care. You'll have peace of mind knowing we are a Retirement Unlimited, Inc community, family-owned and operated in Virginia with a proud 35+ year tradition of providing...

The Fairmont

9852 Fairmont Avenue, Manassas, VA 20109

4.5
(63 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

The Fairmont provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment. Situated within a quiet, residential neighborhood of historic Manassas, you'll love the beauty of our grounds and buildings while enjoying the convenience of being close to the nation's capital. Shopping,...

Aarondale Community

6929 Matthew Place, Springfield, VA 22151

4.8
(58 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Aarondale Community, located in Springfield, offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Inspiritas - Memory Care. You'll have peace of mind knowing we are a Retirement Unlimited community, family-owned and operated in Virginia with a proud 35+ year tradition of providing exceptional care for...

Paul Spring Community

7116 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria, VA 22307

4.6
(57 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Paul Spring Community, located in the Mt. Vernon community of Alexandria, offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Inspiritas - Memory Care. You'll have peace of mind knowing we are a Retirement Unlimited, Inc community, family-owned and operated in Virginia with a proud 35+ year tradition...

The Fountains at Washington House

5100 Fillmore Ave, Alexandria, VA 22311

4.0
(63 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Welcome to Alexandria's number-one continuing care RENTAL community! Located near Washington DC, The Fountains at Washington House offers nine (9) floor plans in both assisted and independent living in a boutique-hotel style environment. Our community provides independent living, assisted living...

Atrium Village

4730 Atrium Court, Owings Mills, MD 21117

3.8
(66 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Located on almost 8 wooded acres just off Lakeside Boulevard on Atrium Court in Owings Mills, Maryland, you will find Atrium Village; a retirement community where you can choose from a wide array of lifestyle options. Designed for those who want companionship and amenities with a hospitality...

Sommerset Retirement Community

22355 Providence Village Dr, Sterling, VA 20164

4.3
(55 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Sommerset is a rental retirement community for, independent senior adults. Our residents enjoy the independence they are accustomed to along with the security of knowing our community is staffed 24-hours a day. Choose from our spacious 1 and 2 bedroom apartments each with their own balcony or...

Bedford Court

3701 International Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20906

4.3
(53 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, Semi-Private, 2 Bed

Bedford Court is a Continuing Care Retirement Community with one of the lowest Entrance Fee that is 100% refundable. Located within walking distance of the Leisure World shopping center. Our community offers you a comfortable lifestyle, superb amenities and the highest standards of hospitality...

Senior Commons at Powder Mill

1775 Powder Mill Road, York, PA 17403

4.0
(61 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Since 1986 Senior Commons at Powder Mill has been recognized as York, Pennsylvania's premier provider of assisted-living residences, independent-living apartments and secure dementia care. Managed by Heritage Senior Living, Senior Commons at Powder Mill is committed to providing the highest level...

Sunrise at Montgomery Village

19310 Club House Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20886

4.5
(50 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, Semi-Private, 2 Bed

The moment you walk through our door, you'll feel at home. From our warm, inviting fireplace to our cozy, family-like atmosphere, Sunrise at Montgomery Village is a step above the typical senior residence. For the past fifteen years, our caring and experienced staff has been helping seniors live...

Arbor Terrace Senior Living

9885 Greenbelt Road, Lanham, MD 20706

4.1
(56 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Arbor Terrace Senior Living is an assisted living community conveniently located on Greenbelt Road. We bring a new level of modern senior living with stress-free warmth, charm and comfort to assisted living and memory care. We are an active, vibrant residence that's complete with unsurpassed...

Vitality Living Arlington

3821 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203

3.9
(55 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

As one of the premier assisted living and memory care communities in the Washington, D.C., area, we are conveniently located in the heart of Arlington, Va., an upscale area consistently ranked among the wealthiest counties in the United States. We’re close to casual and fine dining...

Sunrise of Frederick

990 Waterford Drive, Frederick, MD 21702

4.3
(50 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, Semi-Private

Sunrise of Frederick is an assisted living community in Frederick, Maryland, located just blocks from The Golden Mile (Route 40 west). Sunrise of Frederick is nestled in a suburban, convenient setting. We pride ourselves in our experience in Frederick County with nearly 15 years serving seniors...

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Cost of independent living in Columbia, MD

Independent Living costs differ by location and facility, as many communities offer different levels of care, amenities, and activities. Prices also vary based on how much — or how little — assistance a senior needs.

Monthly average independent living cost comparisons
  • $3,257
    National
  • $4,069
    State
  • $4,004
    Columbia, MD
  • $3,762
    Alexandria, MD
  • $5,654
    Kensington, MD
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What is independent living?

Independent living offers a stress-free lifestyle for older adults. Independent living communities don’t provide personal care or supervision, but do offer generally healthy adults opportunities for socialization and hassle-free living. Independent living services often include:

  • Nutritious meals and snacks
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Home maintenance and repairs
  • Social activities and outings
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Learn More About Independent Living in Columbia, MD

Columbia is a master-planned community located within the Baltimore metropolitan area. This census-designated community is made up of ten smaller villages and is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live and retire in the state of Maryland.

Independent living communities — also known simply as retirement communities — in Columbia, Maryland are geared towards seniors who are able to live on their own, without daily assistance, and prefer to live among people their age. This usually means residents are self-sufficient and do not require hands-on care. Think of Columbia retirement communities as age-restricted (typically 55+) complexes, which provide organized activities, meal services, and transportation.

Cost of Independent Living in Columbia, MD

The median monthly cost of independent living in Columbia is about $3,200 within the metropolitan area. The median monthly cost of independent living in the state of Maryland is around $3,600.

Learn More About Columbia, MD

Cost of Living

The cost of living in Columbia is considered more expensive than the national average. This is due in part to the high property taxes that residents of this planned community are required to pay.

Index Scores

All index scores are based on a scale that has the national average set at 100. A score of 200 indicates that the cost is two times greater than the national average, while a score of 50 indicates that the cost is half the average.

Household Expenses Health Care Insurance Entertainment Grocery Clothing
108 98 118 111 109 112

Income and Housing

Median income age 45-64 Median income age 65+ Median household income Average individual income Median employee salary Average property tax One-bedroom apartment gross rent estimate
$118,805 per year $79,735 per year $103,331 per year $49,056 per year $49,571 per year $5,006 per year $1,097 per month

Local Hospitals

The top hospitals that service Columbia, MD include:

Howard County General Hospital

  • Facility type: non-profit acute care
  • Bed count: 240+
  • Specialties: cardiac care, intensive care unit, emergency services, musculoskeletal care

Laurel Regional Medical Center

  • Facility type: university short-term acute care
  • Bed count: 120+
  • Specialties: emergency care, respiratory care, diabetes care

Spring Grove Hospital Center

  • Facility type: government psychiatric
  • Bed count: 670+
  • Specialties: inpatient services, residential services

Weather and Climate

Columbia’s climate is classified as hot humid continental, which means Columbia experiences four distinct seasons with widely varying average temperatures. Columbia receives above average amounts of precipitation and the summers are considered to be extremely hot and muggy. The average humidity level is 64%, and humidity levels are often highest during September at about 68%.

Seasonal Temperatures

January Average January Maximum January Minimum
31.4°F 40.7°F 22°F

July Average July Maximum July Minimum
75.1°F 87.1°F 63.1°F

Air Quality

  • Relative Air Quality Index: 87

This index is based on a scale that has the national average set at 100. A score of 200 indicates twice the presence of air pollutants than the national average, while a score of 50 indicates half the presence.

Precipitation

  • Average Annual Precipitation: 45.3”

Demographics and Values

Population Statistics

Median age Percent of population over 65 Population Population Density Average Household Size
39.6 14.3% 104,629 3,277.1 per square mile 2.54

Race & Ethnicity

American Indian or Alaskan Native Asian Black Hispanic or Latino Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Two or More Races White (not Hispanic or Latino)
0.3% 12.7% 26.3% 9.3% <0.1% 4.7% 47.3%

These figures were taken from the most recent U.S. Census.

LGBTQ+ Inclusivity

These scores were taken from the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index.

  • Non-discrimination laws in Columbia, MD: 30/30
  • Overall inclusivity: 100/100

2016 Presidential Election

Democratic Republican Other
64.1% 30.6% 5.3%

Arts, Culture, Entertainment, and Recreation

The census-designated community of Columbia was first opened in 1967 with the core humanitarian value of combating issues of racial, religious, and class segregation. For over 50 years, Columbia has been a shining example of the power of civic planning and was even ranked by CNN as the 5th best place to live in the country in 2020. All of these factors make Columbia an excellent option for seniors looking to settle down in a quiet, friendly community.

Columbia is an example of a master-planned community, which means that its entire layout is designed around central locations that interconnect the various neighborhoods. Columbia features ten individual villages that are centered around Lake Kittamaqundi, a large man-made lake, and The Mall in Columbia shopping center. One fun fact about Columbia is that all of the streets are named after famous artworks and pieces of literature.

Columbia has a thriving arts and cultural scene centered around its outdoor venues and local bars. Popular spots for music performances include Nottingham’s Tavern, the Green Turtle, and the Merriweather Post Pavilion. Columbia is also home to the Howard County Library System, which is ranked as one of the top libraries in the country according to Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings. The Columbia Association maintains a number of recreational facilities including 29 outdoor and indoor swimming pools, an ice rink, and an equestrian center. The association also operates four different senior centers in Columbia that provide daytime supervision and social interaction.

Transportation

The Regional Transportation Authority of Maryland (RTA) oversees a number of local bus routes in Columbia as well as regional routes that connect the community to the District of Columbia and the greater Baltimore metropolitan area. Bus routes between New York City and New Brunswick, New Jersey are operated by the privately owned company Ourbus.

Frequently asked questions about Independent Living facilities in Maryland

Arbor Terrace Fulton, Angel's Touch Assisted Living and AlfredHouse I are the top rated independent living facilities near Columbia, Maryland. See full list of communities.

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