Kings Contrivance is a village in the planned community of Columbia, Maryland and is one of the best places to live for families. It is home to approximately 11,000 residents. Kings Contrivance consists of the neighborhoods of Macgill’s Common, Huntington and Dickinson. It includes single-family homes, townhouses, apartments and an open-air shopping center called the Village Center.
More than half of the households in Kings Contrivance are occupied by families with children under the age of 18. It is a well-educated community with nearly 60% of all adults having at least completed a college degree. About one-third of residents are from diverse ethnic backgrounds, as compared to the state of Maryland average of 41.8%
Each of the three neighborhoods of Kings Contrivance has a community swimming pool operated by the Columbia Association.
Scenic trails weave around the neighborhoods of Kings Contrivance, providing access to Columbia’s extensive bike/hiking trail system and County parks. These trails include The Patuxent Branch Trail, which runs along the Little Patuxent River, and connect Huntington and Magill’s Common to Lake Elkhorn.
Along the Middle Patuxent River, the Dickinson neighborhood includes extensive paths that are located within the Gorman Stream Valley Natural Resource Area. Recreational parks located in and near Kings Contrivance include Gorman Park, Huntington Neighborhood Park, and Savage Park, all of which are maintained by Howard County Recreation and Parks.
There are five elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school serving the neighborhoods of Kings Contrivance. They are part of the Howard County Public School system. Each public school is listed below followed by its Great Schools Rating.County:
- Howard County
Public SchoolsPublic Elementary Schools:
Atholton (7/10), Bollman Bridge (4/10), Forest Ridge (6/10), Guilford (5/10), Hammond Elementary (6/10)Public Middle Schools:
Patuxent Valley (6/10), Murray Hill (6/10), Hammond (8/10)Public High Schools:
Hammond HighSchool (5/10)
Population DetailsTotal Population: 11,000Percentage of Households with Children: 57.2%Ethnic Diversity Score (compared Maryland statewide): GoodHigher Education Rate - at least BS/BA: 59Median Household Income: $122,500
Housing DetailsPercentage of Home Ownership: 70Mean Home Price: $575,000
FeaturesWalkability: YesFamily-friendly activities: YesPublic Amenities:
- Bike Path
- Rec fields
- Wooded Trails
- Bike Path
- Rec Fields