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:
- Gaithersburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Rockville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Salisbury (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Fruitland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Chesapeake Beach (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Easton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- College Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Frederick (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- La Plata (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bladensburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
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.
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]
Population: 66,104 Population 2010: 58,169
Growth Rate: 13.64%
Absolute Growth: 7,935
More on Gaithersburg: Homes For Sale | Data
Gaithersburg ( pronunciation (help·info)),[N 1] officially the City of Gaithersburg, is a city in Montgomery County, Maryland. At the time of the 2010 U.S. Census, Gaithersburg had a population of 59,933, making it the fourth largest incorporated city in the state, behind Baltimore, Frederick, and Rockville. Gaithersburg is located to the northwest of Washington, D.C., and is considered a suburb and a primary city within the Washington–Arlington–Alexandria, DC–VA–MD–WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. Gaithersburg was incorporated as a town in 1878 and as a city in 1968.
Population: 65,171 Population 2010: 58,300
Growth Rate: 11.79%
Absolute Growth: 6,871
More on Rockville: Homes For Sale | Data
Rockville is a U.S. city located in the central region of Montgomery County, Maryland. It is the county seat and is a major incorporated city of Montgomery County and forms part of the Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area. The 2010 census tabulated Rockville’s population at 61,209, making it the third largest incorporated city in Maryland, behind Baltimore and Frederick. Rockville is the largest incorporated city in Montgomery County, Maryland, although the nearby census-designated place of Germantown is more populous.
Population: 32,338 Population 2010: 29,343
Growth Rate: 10.21%
Absolute Growth: 2,995
More on Salisbury: Homes For Sale | Data
Salisbury /slzbri/ is a city in and the county seat of Wicomico County, Maryland, United States, and the largest city in the state’s Eastern Shore region. The population was 30,343 at the 2010 census. Salisbury is the principal city of the Salisbury, Maryland-Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city is the commercial hub of the Delmarva Peninsula, which was long devoted to agriculture and had a southern culture. It calls itself “The Comfortable Side of Coastal”.
5. Chesapeake Beach
Population: 5,866 Population 2010: 5,396
Growth Rate: 8.71%
Absolute Growth: 470
More on Chesapeake Beach: Homes For Sale | Data
Chesapeake Beach is a town in Calvert County, Maryland. Its major attractions include the Chesapeake Beach Railway Station, the Chesapeake Beach Rail Trail, a water park, marinas, piers, and charter boat fishing. The town’s population was recorded as 5,753 in the 2010 census.
Population: 16,637 Population 2010: 15,310
Growth Rate: 8.67%
Absolute Growth: 1,327
More on Easton: Homes For Sale | Data
Easton, Maryland is an incorporated town and the county seat of Talbot County, Maryland, United States. The population was 15,945 at the 2010 census, with an estimated population in 2015 of 16,617. The primary ZIP Code is 21601, and the secondary is 21606. The primary phone exchange is 822, the auxiliary exchanges are 820, 763, and 770, and the area code is 410.
7. College Park
Population: 31,942 Population 2010: 29,596
Growth Rate: 7.93%
Absolute Growth: 2,346
More on College Park: Homes For Sale | Data
The City of College Park is in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The population was 30,413 at the 2010 United States Census. It is best known as the home of the University of Maryland, College Park, and since 1994 the city has also been home to the “Archives II” facility of the U.S. National Archives, as well as to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Center for Weather and Climate Prediction (NCWCP).
Population: 68,229 Population 2010: 63,731
Growth Rate: 7.06%
Absolute Growth: 4,498
More on Frederick: Homes For Sale | Data
Frederick is a city and the county seat of Frederick County in the U.S. state of Maryland. It is part of the Baltimore–Washington Metropolitan Area. Frederick has long been an important crossroads, located at the intersection of a major north–south Indian trail, and east–west routes to the Chesapeake Bay, both at Baltimore and what became Washington, D.C. and across the Appalachian mountains to the Ohio River watershed. It is a part of the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is part of a greater Washington-Baltimore-Arlington, DC-MD-VA-WV-PA Combined Statistical Area. The city’s population was 65,239 people at the 2010 United States Census, making it the second-largest incorporated city in Maryland, behind Baltimore. Frederick is home to Frederick Municipal Airport (IATA: FDK), which primarily accommodates general aviation traffic, and to the county’s largest employer U.S. Army’s Fort Detrick bioscience/communications research installation.
9. La Plata
Population: 9,059 Population 2010: 8,496
Growth Rate: 6.63%
Absolute Growth: 563
More on La Plata: Homes For Sale | Data
La Plata /lplet/ ( listen) is a town in Charles County, Maryland, United States. The population was 8,753 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Charles County.
Population: 9,505 Population 2010: 8,918
Growth Rate: 6.58%
Absolute Growth: 587
More on Bladensburg: Homes For Sale | Data
Bladensburg is a town in Prince George’s County, Maryland, United States. The population was 9,148 at the 2010 census. Areas in Bladensburg have the ZIP code 20710. Bladensburg is 8.6 miles (13.8 km) from central Washington, D.C.
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!
For more Maryland reading, check out:
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Maryland
- 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Maryland
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Maryland
Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Maryland
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