These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Maryland For 2018


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Is being in an area that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Baltimore and Frederick, while others want peace and quiet like in Poolesville and Cheste, thank you very much.

But today we’re going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts — over the past five years, which cities in Maryland have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census’s American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Old Line State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Maryland for 2018 according to the most recent census data:

  1. Gaithersburg (Photos)
  2. Rockville (Photos)
  3. Salisbury (Photos)
  4. Fruitland (Photos)
  5. Chesapeake Beach (Photos)
  6. Easton (Photos)
  7. College Park (Photos)
  8. Frederick (Photos)
  9. La Plata (Photos)
  10. Bladensburg (Photos)

If you happen to be a resident of Gaithersburg, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you’re surprised–and you’re wondering why these places are kind of a big deal–keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Maryland are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.

Or check out the Fastest Growing States In America.

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How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Old Line State

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the begining of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2016
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2016 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2017)

We ranked all 41 Maryland cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Old Line State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Population 2016 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here’s a graph of the cities in Maryland with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in maryland

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1. Gaithersburg

Gaithersburg, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 66,104
Population 2010: 58,169
Growth Rate: 13.64%
Absolute Growth: 7,935

2. Rockville

Rockville, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 65,171
Population 2010: 58,300
Growth Rate: 11.79%
Absolute Growth: 6,871

3. Salisbury

Salisbury, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,338
Population 2010: 29,343
Growth Rate: 10.21%
Absolute Growth: 2,995

4. Fruitland

Fruitland, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,151
Population 2010: 4,704
Growth Rate: 9.5%
Absolute Growth: 447

5. Chesapeake Beach

Chesapeake Beach, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,866
Population 2010: 5,396
Growth Rate: 8.71%
Absolute Growth: 470

6. Easton

Easton, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,637
Population 2010: 15,310
Growth Rate: 8.67%
Absolute Growth: 1,327

7. College Park

College Park, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,942
Population 2010: 29,596
Growth Rate: 7.93%
Absolute Growth: 2,346

8. Frederick

Frederick, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 68,229
Population 2010: 63,731
Growth Rate: 7.06%
Absolute Growth: 4,498

9. La Plata

La Plata, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,059
Population 2010: 8,496
Growth Rate: 6.63%
Absolute Growth: 563

10. Bladensburg

Bladensburg, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,505
Population 2010: 8,918
Growth Rate: 6.58%
Absolute Growth: 587

These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Maryland are led by Gaithersburg which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We’ll be here to let you know!

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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Maryland

City Rank Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Gaithersburg 1 66,104 58,169 7,935 13.6%
Rockville 2 65,171 58,300 6,871 11.8%
Salisbury 3 32,338 29,343 2,995 10.2%
Fruitland 4 5,151 4,704 447 9.5%
Chesapeake Beach 5 5,866 5,396 470 8.7%
Easton 6 16,637 15,310 1,327 8.7%
College Park 7 31,942 29,596 2,346 7.9%
Frederick 8 68,229 63,731 4,498 7.1%
La Plata 9 9,059 8,496 563 6.6%
Bladensburg 10 9,505 8,918 587 6.6%
Bowie 11 57,633 54,314 3,319 6.1%
Hyattsville 12 18,262 17,254 1,008 5.8%
Brunswick 13 6,101 5,770 331 5.7%
Havre De Grace 14 13,505 12,792 713 5.6%
Laurel 15 25,703 24,433 1,270 5.2%
Mount Airy 16 9,376 8,921 455 5.1%
Thurmont 17 6,435 6,127 308 5.0%
New Carrollton 18 12,727 12,123 604 5.0%
Riverdale Park 19 7,221 6,893 328 4.8%
Poolesville 20 5,108 4,889 219 4.5%
Elkton 21 15,687 15,029 658 4.4%
Walkersville 22 5,989 5,743 246 4.3%
Takoma Park 23 17,567 16,853 714 4.2%
Cambridge 24 12,552 12,109 443 3.7%
Greenbelt 25 23,623 22,817 806 3.5%
Annapolis 26 39,009 37,825 1,184 3.1%
Aberdeen 27 15,361 14,920 441 3.0%
Taneytown 28 6,755 6,566 189 2.9%
Mount Rainier 29 8,364 8,149 215 2.6%
Cheverly 30 6,390 6,234 156 2.5%
Hampstead 31 6,352 6,203 149 2.4%
Hagerstown 32 40,325 39,546 779 2.0%
District Heights 33 5,951 5,858 93 1.6%
Glenarden 34 6,110 6,069 41 0.7%
Bel Air 35 10,211 10,167 44 0.4%
Westminster 36 18,665 18,591 74 0.4%
Baltimore 37 621,000 620,538 462 0.1%
Cheste 38 5,122 5,162 -40 -0.8%
Frostburg 39 8,718 8,792 -74 -0.8%
Ocean City 40 7,041 7,194 -153 -2.1%
Cumberland 41 20,290 20,927 -637 -3.0%

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