Fastest Growing Cities In Maryland For 2020

We used data and science to determine the places in Maryland everyone wants to move to today.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the fastest growing cities in Maryland.

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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 Cheste and Poolesville, 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 2020 according to the most recent census data:

What's the fastest growing city in Maryland for 2020? Based on the most recent ACS data, Gaithersburg ranks as the fastest growing city in Maryland. 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.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Maryland or the Fastest Growing States In America.

For more Maryland state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Maryland For 2020

Gaithersburg, MD

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Population: 67,529
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 58,169
Percent Growth 16.1%
Absolute Growth: 9,360
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Gaithersburg ), 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.

Rockville, MD

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Population: 67,062
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 58,300
Percent Growth 15.0%
Absolute Growth: 8,762
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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.

Salisbury, MD

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Population: 32,536
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population 2010: 29,343
Percent Growth 10.9%
Absolute Growth: 3,193
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Salisbury 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".

Fruitland, MD

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Population: 5,204
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Population 2010: 4,704
Percent Growth 10.6%
Absolute Growth: 500
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Frederick, MD

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Population: 70,166
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 63,731
Percent Growth 10.1%
Absolute Growth: 6,435
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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, which primarily accommodates general aviation traffic, and to the county's largest employer U.S. Army's Fort Detrick bioscience/communications research installation.

Chesapeake Beach, MD

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Population: 5,922
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 5,396
Percent Growth 9.7%
Absolute Growth: 526
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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.

La Plata, MD

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Population: 9,252
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Population 2010: 8,496
Percent Growth 8.9%
Absolute Growth: 756
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La Plata 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.

College Park, MD

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Population: 32,183
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 29,596
Percent Growth 8.7%
Absolute Growth: 2,587
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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 Center for Weather and Climate Prediction.

Easton, MD

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Population: 16,551
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 15,310
Percent Growth 8.1%
Absolute Growth: 1,241
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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 ZIPCode 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.

Bowie, MD

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Population: 58,368
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Population 2010: 54,314
Percent Growth 7.5%
Absolute Growth: 4,054
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Bowie is a city in Prince George's County, Maryland. The population was 54,727 at the 2010 U.S. Census. Bowie has grown from a small railroad stop to the largest municipality in Prince George's County, and the fifth most populous city and third largest city by area in the U.S. state of Maryland. In 2014 CNN Money ranked Bowie 28th in its Best Places to Live in America list.

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Old Line State for 2020

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

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

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:

[Current Population - 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 Graph For 2020

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These Places Grew Up So Fast In Maryland, 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!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Cumberland
  2. Ocean City
  3. Frostburg

For more Maryland reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Maryland For 2020

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Gaithersburg 16.1% 67,529 58,169
2 Rockville 15.0% 67,062 58,300
3 Salisbury 10.9% 32,536 29,343
4 Fruitland 10.6% 5,204 4,704
5 Frederick 10.1% 70,166 63,731
6 Chesapeake Beach 9.7% 5,922 5,396
7 La Plata 8.9% 9,252 8,496
8 College Park 8.7% 32,183 29,596
9 Easton 8.1% 16,551 15,310
10 Bowie 7.5% 58,368 54,314

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