These Are The 10 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 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:

  1. Gaithersburg
  2. Rockville
  3. Easton
  4. Chesapeake Beach
  5. Fruitland
  6. Salisbury
  7. College Park
  8. Bladensburg
  9. Laurel
  10. 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.

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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 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]

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1. Gaithersburg

Gaithersburg, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 63,491
Population 2010: 58,169
Growth Rate: 9.15%
Absolute Growth: 5,322

2. Rockville

Rockville, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 63,402
Population 2010: 58,300
Growth Rate: 8.75%
Absolute Growth: 5,102

3. Easton

Easton, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,541
Population 2010: 15,310
Growth Rate: 8.04%
Absolute Growth: 1,231

4. Chesapeake Beach

Chesapeake Beach, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,816
Population 2010: 5,396
Growth Rate: 7.78%
Absolute Growth: 420

5. Fruitland

Fruitland, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,028
Population 2010: 4,704
Growth Rate: 6.89%
Absolute Growth: 324

6. Salisbury

Salisbury, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,334
Population 2010: 29,343
Growth Rate: 6.79%
Absolute Growth: 1,991

7. College Park

College Park, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,387
Population 2010: 29,596
Growth Rate: 6.05%
Absolute Growth: 1,791

8. Bladensburg

Bladensburg, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,371
Population 2010: 8,918
Growth Rate: 5.08%
Absolute Growth: 453

9. Laurel

Laurel, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,673
Population 2010: 24,433
Growth Rate: 5.08%
Absolute Growth: 1,240

10. La Plata

La Plata, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

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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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Maryland

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Gaithersburg 1 63,491 58,169 5,322 9.1%
Rockville 2 63,402 58,300 5,102 8.8%
Easton 3 16,541 15,310 1,231 8.0%
Chesapeake Beach 4 5,816 5,396 420 7.8%
Fruitland 5 5,028 4,704 324 6.9%
Salisbury 6 31,334 29,343 1,991 6.8%
College Park 7 31,387 29,596 1,791 6.1%
Bladensburg 8 9,371 8,918 453 5.1%
Laurel 9 25,673 24,433 1,240 5.1%
La Plata 10 8,903 8,496 407 4.8%
Mount Airy 11 9,333 8,921 412 4.6%
Hyattsville 12 18,049 17,254 795 4.6%
Frederick 13 66,646 63,731 2,915 4.6%
Havre De Grace 14 13,360 12,792 568 4.4%
Elkton 15 15,673 15,029 644 4.3%
Brunswick 16 6,006 5,770 236 4.1%
Walkersville 17 5,966 5,743 223 3.9%
Bowie 18 56,335 54,314 2,021 3.7%
Greenbelt 19 23,612 22,817 795 3.5%
Thurmont 20 6,333 6,127 206 3.4%
Cambridge 21 12,511 12,109 402 3.3%
Riverdale Park 22 7,119 6,893 226 3.3%
Poolesville 23 5,042 4,889 153 3.1%
Takoma Park 24 17,307 16,853 454 2.7%
Taneytown 25 6,738 6,566 172 2.6%
New Carrollton 26 12,412 12,123 289 2.4%
Hampstead 27 6,342 6,203 139 2.2%
Annapolis 28 38,599 37,825 774 2.0%
District Heights 29 5,977 5,858 119 2.0%
Hagerstown 30 40,295 39,546 749 1.9%
Mount Rainier 31 8,277 8,149 128 1.6%
Aberdeen 32 15,137 14,920 217 1.5%
Glenarden 33 6,145 6,069 76 1.3%
Cheverly 34 6,307 6,234 73 1.2%
Cheste 35 5,221 5,162 59 1.1%
Bel Air 36 10,240 10,167 73 0.7%
Westminster 37 18,656 18,591 65 0.3%
Baltimore 38 622,271 620,538 1,733 0.3%
Frostburg 39 8,802 8,792 10 0.1%
Ocean City 40 7,093 7,194 -101 -1.4%
Cumberland 41 20,557 20,927 -370 -1.8%

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