10 Cities In Maryland With The Largest Asian Population For 2018


We used data and science to determine the cities in Maryland with the largest Asian population.

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Across most of America, the African American and Hispanic communities comprise “most of the minority”. We’re not totally sure that’s a term, but it’s an accurate reflection of the state of race in America.

Asians are a “minority of the minority”, generally.

But not everywhere.

There are now over 17 million people who identify as Asian living in America, making up 5.6% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Asian population in Maryland is 359,997 – at 6.0% of the total population of Maryland.

And, unlike African Americans that fall under one group in the Census, Asian Americans have many sub-groups — Chinese, Filipino, and Indian being the three largest sub-groups.

So, what how does the Asian population stratify across Maryland? Which cities and towns in Maryland have seen the greatest increase in their Asian population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Maryland with the largest Asian population in 2018:

  1. Rockville (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Gaithersburg (Photos | Jobs)
  3. College Park (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Greenbelt (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Laurel (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Frederick (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Aberdeen (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Hyattsville (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Takoma Park (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Bowie (Photos | Jobs)

Which city in Maryland had the largest Asian population?

Rockville took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Maryland for 2018. 20.66% of Rockville identify as Asian.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where Maryland ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.

And if you already knew these places were Asian, check out the best places to live in Maryland or the most diverse places in Maryland.

How We Determined The Cities In Maryland With The Largest Asian Population For 2018

We still believe in the accuracy of data — especially from the census. So that’s where we went to get the breakdown of race across Maryland.

That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2012-2016 American Community Survey data from the US Census.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
* Not Hispanic or latino

Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Asian alone.

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 39 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 20.7% to 0.2%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Asian population with a higher score being more Asian than a lower score. Rockville took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Brunswick was the least Asian city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Maryland ranked by population of Asian residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

1. Rockville

Rockville, Maryland

Source: Public domain

Population: 65,171
% Asian: 20.66%
# Of Asian Residents: 13,465
Percent Change Since 2010: 24.38%
More on Rockville: Write A Review | Data | JobsRockville 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.

2. Gaithersburg

Gaithersburg, Maryland

Source: Public domain

Population: 66,104
% Asian: 18.31%
# Of Asian Residents: 12,101
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.74%
More on Gaithersburg: Write A Review | Data | JobsGaithersburg ), 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.

3. College Park

College Park, Maryland

Population: 31,942
% Asian: 14.83%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,737
Percent Change Since 2010: 28.27%
More on College Park: Write A Review | Data | JobsThe 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.

4. Greenbelt

Greenbelt, Maryland

Population: 23,623
% Asian: 8.7%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,055
Percent Change Since 2010: -15.4%
More on Greenbelt: Write A Review | Data | JobsGreenbelt is a city in Prince George’s County, Maryland, United States. Contained within today’s City of Greenbelt is the historic planned community now known locally as “Old Greenbelt” and designated as the Greenbelt Historic District. Greenbelt’s population was 23,068 at the 2010 U.S. Census.

5. Laurel

Laurel, Maryland

Population: 25,703
% Asian: 7.37%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,895
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.87%
More on Laurel: Write A Review | Data | JobsLaurel is a city in northern Prince George’s County, Maryland, in the United States, located almost midway between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore on the banks of the Patuxent River. Founded as a mill town in the early 19th century, the arrival of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in 1835 expanded local industry and later enabled the city to become an early commuter town for Washington and Baltimore workers. Largely residential today, the city maintains a historic district centered on its Main Street, highlighting its industrial past.

6. Frederick

Frederick, Maryland

Population: 68,229
% Asian: 6.37%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,343
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.01%
More on Frederick: Write A Review | Data | JobsFrederick 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.

7. Aberdeen

Aberdeen, Maryland

Population: 15,361
% Asian: 4.9%
# Of Asian Residents: 752
Percent Change Since 2010: 115.47%
More on Aberdeen: Write A Review | Data | JobsAberdeen is a city located in Harford County, Maryland, 26 miles from Baltimore. The population was 14,959 at the 2010 United States Census. Aberdeen is the largest municipality in Harford County.

8. Hyattsville

Hyattsville, Maryland

Source: Public domain

Population: 18,262
% Asian: 4.84%
# Of Asian Residents: 884
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.22%
More on Hyattsville: Write A Review | Data | JobsHyattsville is a city in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and also a close, urban suburb of Washington, D.C. The population was 17,557 at the 2010 United States Census.

9. Takoma Park

Takoma Park, Maryland

Population: 17,567
% Asian: 4.78%
# Of Asian Residents: 840
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.43%
More on Takoma Park: Write A Review | Data | JobsTakoma Park is a city in Montgomery County, Maryland. It is a suburb of Washington, D.C., and part of the Washington metropolitan area. Founded in 1883 and incorporated in 1890, Takoma Park, informally called “Azalea City”, is a Tree City USA and a nuclear-free zone. A planned commuter suburb, it is situated along the Metropolitan Branch of the historic Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, just northeast of Washington, D.C., and it borders the neighborhood of Takoma, Washington, D.C. It is governed by an elected mayor and six elected councilmembers, who form the city council, and an appointed city manager, under a council-manager style of government. The city’s population was 16,715 at the 2010 national census.

10. Bowie

Bowie, Maryland

Population: 57,633
% Asian: 4.68%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,698
Percent Change Since 2010: 23.53%
More on Bowie: Write A Review | Data | JobsBowie 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.

There You Have It – Asian Populations Across Maryland

If you’re looking for a breakdown of Asian populations across Maryland according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least Asian places in Maryland:

  1. Brunswick
  2. District Heights
  3. Thurmont

For more Maryland reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Maryland

City Rank % Asian Population
Rockville 1 20.66% 65,171
Gaithersburg 2 18.31% 66,104
College Park 3 14.83% 31,942
Greenbelt 4 8.7% 23,623
Laurel 5 7.37% 25,703
Frederick 6 6.37% 68,229
Aberdeen 7 4.9% 15,361
Hyattsville 8 4.84% 18,262
Takoma Park 9 4.78% 17,567
Bowie 10 4.68% 57,633
Bel Air 11 4.06% 10,211
Havre De Grace 12 3.87% 13,505
Mount Rainier 13 3.62% 8,364
New Carrollton 14 3.6% 12,727
Cheste 15 3.51% 5,122
Westminster 16 3.35% 18,665
Salisbury 17 3.19% 32,338
Walkersville 18 2.74% 5,989
Frostburg 19 2.64% 8,718
Hagerstown 20 2.56% 40,325
Elkton 21 2.56% 15,687
Baltimore 22 2.53% 621,000
La Plata 23 2.4% 9,059
Riverdale Park 24 2.31% 7,221
Mount Airy 25 2.19% 9,376
Cambridge 26 1.82% 12,552
Easton 27 1.76% 16,637
Bladensburg 28 1.61% 9,505
Glenarden 29 1.37% 6,110
Annapolis 30 1.2% 39,009
Cheverly 31 1.0% 6,390
Hampstead 32 0.93% 6,352
Chesapeake Beach 33 0.92% 5,866
Cumberland 34 0.79% 20,290
Ocean City 35 0.78% 7,041
Taneytown 36 0.75% 6,755
Thurmont 37 0.68% 6,435
District Heights 38 0.35% 5,951
Brunswick 39 0.25% 6,101

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