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)
- Rockville (Photos)
- Salisbury (Photos)
- Fruitland (Photos)
- Chesapeake Beach (Photos)
- Easton (Photos)
- College Park (Photos)
- Frederick (Photos)
- La Plata (Photos)
- 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.
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
Population: 65,171 Population 2010: 58,300
Growth Rate: 11.79%
Absolute Growth: 6,871
Population: 32,338 Population 2010: 29,343
Growth Rate: 10.21%
Absolute Growth: 2,995
Population: 5,151 Population 2010: 4,704
Growth Rate: 9.5%
Absolute Growth: 447
5. Chesapeake Beach
Population: 5,866 Population 2010: 5,396
Growth Rate: 8.71%
Absolute Growth: 470
Population: 16,637 Population 2010: 15,310
Growth Rate: 8.67%
Absolute Growth: 1,327
7. College Park
Population: 31,942 Population 2010: 29,596
Growth Rate: 7.93%
Absolute Growth: 2,346
Population: 68,229 Population 2010: 63,731
Growth Rate: 7.06%
Absolute Growth: 4,498
9. La Plata
Population: 9,059 Population 2010: 8,496
Growth Rate: 6.63%
Absolute Growth: 563
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!
For more Maryland reading , check out:
- These Are The 10 Dumbest Cities In Maryland
- These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Maryland
- These Are The 10 Snobbiest Cities In Maryland
Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Maryland
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