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 Fruitland 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:
- Chesapeake Beach
- College Park
- La Plata
If you happen to be a resident of one of these communities, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.
If you’re not–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 over the last five years, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:
- Population in 2014
- Population in 2010
- Growth rate from 2010 to 2014 (The latest available data)
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 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 63,491 Population 2010: 58,169
Growth Rate: 9.15%
Absolute Growth: 5,322
Population: 63,402 Population 2010: 58,300
Growth Rate: 8.75%
Absolute Growth: 5,102
Population: 16,541 Population 2010: 15,310
Growth Rate: 8.04%
Absolute Growth: 1,231
4. Chesapeake Beach
Population: 5,816 Population 2010: 5,396
Growth Rate: 7.78%
Absolute Growth: 420
Population: 5,028 Population 2010: 4,704
Growth Rate: 6.89%
Absolute Growth: 324
Population: 31,334 Population 2010: 29,343
Growth Rate: 6.79%
Absolute Growth: 1,991
7. College Park
Population: 31,387 Population 2010: 29,596
Growth Rate: 6.05%
Absolute Growth: 1,791
Population: 9,371 Population 2010: 8,918
Growth Rate: 5.08%
Absolute Growth: 453
Population: 25,673 Population 2010: 24,433
Growth Rate: 5.08%
Absolute Growth: 1,240
10. La Plata
Population: 8,903 Population 2010: 8,496
Growth Rate: 4.79%
Absolute Growth: 407
Adding It Up
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Maryland are led by Gaithersburg which has been growing a blistering pace these past five years relative to other places around the state.
It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same pace over the next five years. We’ll be here to let you know!
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