These Are The 10 Maryland Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our second time ranking 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 370,660 – at 6.2% 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 2019:

  1. Rockville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Gaithersburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. College Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Greenbelt (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Laurel (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Frederick (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Takoma Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Aberdeen (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Bowie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Bel Air (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Which city in Maryland had the largest Asian population?

Rockville took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Maryland for 2019. 20.51% 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 2019

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 2013-2017 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 20.5% to 0.4%.

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.

Rockville, MD

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 66,420
% Asian: 20.51%
# Of Asian Residents: 13,622
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.83%
More on Rockville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Gaithersburg, MD

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 67,417
% Asian: 17.98%
# Of Asian Residents: 12,124
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.94%
More on Gaithersburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

College Park, MD

Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 32,186
% Asian: 14.83%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,772
Percent Change Since 2010: 29.22%
More on College Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Greenbelt, MD

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 23,289
% Asian: 7.89%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,838
Percent Change Since 2010: -24.33%
More on Greenbelt: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Greenbelt 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.

Laurel, MD

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 25,913
% Asian: 7.58%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,965
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.78%
More on Laurel: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Laurel 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.

Frederick, MD

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 69,330
% Asian: 6.78%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,700
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.96%
More on Frederick: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Takoma Park, MD

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 17,643
% Asian: 5.78%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,020
Percent Change Since 2010: 58.39%
More on Takoma Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Takoma 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.

Aberdeen, MD

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 15,523
% Asian: 5.44%
# Of Asian Residents: 845
Percent Change Since 2010: 142.12%
More on Aberdeen: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Aberdeen 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.

Bowie, MD

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 58,290
% Asian: 5.25%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,059
Percent Change Since 2010: 40.06%
More on Bowie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Bel Air, MD

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 10,139
% Asian: 4.79%
# Of Asian Residents: 486
Percent Change Since 2010: 465.12%
More on Bel Air: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The town of Bel Air is the county seat of Harford County, Maryland. According to the 2010 United States Census the population of the town was 10,120.

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. Cumberland
  3. Thurmont

For more Maryland reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Maryland

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Rockville 20.51% 66,420
2 Gaithersburg 17.98% 67,417
3 College Park 14.83% 32,186
4 Greenbelt 7.89% 23,289
5 Laurel 7.58% 25,913
6 Frederick 6.78% 69,330
7 Takoma Park 5.78% 17,643
8 Aberdeen 5.44% 15,523
9 Bowie 5.25% 58,290
10 Bel Air 4.79% 10,139
11 Hyattsville 3.94% 18,225
12 La Plata 3.65% 9,160
13 Havre De Grace 3.63% 13,511
14 Cheste 3.35% 5,132
15 Salisbury 3.33% 32,368
16 Westminster 3.29% 18,557
17 Walkersville 3.21% 6,048
18 Elkton 3.05% 15,651
19 Hampstead 2.84% 6,331
20 Frostburg 2.69% 8,689
21 Riverdale Park 2.68% 7,248
22 Baltimore 2.55% 619,796
23 New Carrollton 2.44% 12,932
24 Hagerstown 2.37% 40,222
25 Mount Rainier 2.15% 8,097
26 Cheverly 2.01% 6,453
27 Easton 1.9% 16,606
28 Annapolis 1.85% 39,151
29 Mount Airy 1.78% 9,387
30 Cambridge 1.71% 12,484
31 Chesapeake Beach 1.43% 5,930
32 Bladensburg 1.43% 9,374
33 Glenarden 1.26% 6,128
34 Ocean City 0.71% 7,026
35 Taneytown 0.71% 6,762
36 District Heights 0.6% 5,989
37 Thurmont 0.6% 6,496
38 Cumberland 0.44% 20,084
39 Brunswick 0.41% 6,134

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