These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Maryland For 2018


We used data and science to determine the most diverse cities in Maryland.

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Race relations in America seem to be hitting a tipping point.

While we still haven’t dealt with racism as a society, the election of Donald Trump to the presidency has only flamed the tensions that have been mounting for years.

Part of the reason for that tension? The country as a whole continues to self segregate across race, income, and party lines. But it’s not all bad on the race relations front.

There are parts of Maryland where there’s a high level of diversity — where people of all walks of life come together. We decided to shine a light on those places today.

Using a standard measure of diversity, we ranked all 41 cities in Maryland from most to least diverse. Here’s a look at the top ten:

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

Gaithersburg took the number one over all spot for diversity in Maryland.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where Maryland ranked as a state, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in Ameria.

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

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Maryland 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:

  • 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*
  • Hispanic or Latino
* Not hispanic or latino

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 41 cities.

We then calculated the HHI for each city by finding the racial breakdown of a city in percent terms, squaring them, and then adding the squares together. This left us with scores ranging from 2592 (Gaithersburg) to 9337 (Thurmont).

Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. Gaithersburg took the distinction of being the most diverse, while Thurmont was the least diverse city.

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

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1. Gaithersburg

Gaithersburg, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 66,104
HHI: 2,592
% White: 36.81%
% African American: 16.95%
% Asian: 18.31%

2. Hyattsville

Hyattsville, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,262
HHI: 2,979
% White: 23.64%
% African American: 32.41%
% Asian: 4.84%

3. Takoma Park

Takoma Park, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,567
HHI: 3,298
% White: 42.89%
% African American: 35.28%
% Asian: 4.78%

4. Rockville

Rockville, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 65,171
HHI: 3,316
% White: 50.63%
% African American: 9.52%
% Asian: 20.66%

5. Greenbelt

Greenbelt, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,623
HHI: 3,319
% White: 23.31%
% African American: 49.52%
% Asian: 8.7%

6. Laurel

Laurel, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,703
HHI: 3,336
% White: 22.91%
% African American: 49.69%
% Asian: 7.37%

7. Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,364
HHI: 3,348
% White: 14.92%
% African American: 42.4%
% Asian: 3.62%

8. College Park

College Park, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,942
HHI: 3,366
% White: 51.61%
% African American: 18.28%
% Asian: 14.83%

9. Frederick

Frederick, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 68,229
HHI: 3,671
% White: 54.96%
% African American: 18.52%
% Asian: 6.37%

10. Bowie

Bowie, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 57,633
HHI: 3,789
% White: 34.4%
% African American: 50.29%
% Asian: 4.68%

There You Have It – Diversity Across Maryland

If you’re looking for a scientific breakdown of diversity across Maryland, this is an accurate list.

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

  1. Thurmont
  2. Hampstead
  3. Ocean City

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Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Maryland

City Rank HHI Population
Gaithersburg 1 2,592 66,104
Hyattsville 2 2,979 18,262
Takoma Park 3 3,298 17,567
Rockville 4 3,316 65,171
Greenbelt 5 3,319 23,623
Laurel 6 3,336 25,703
Mount Rainier 7 3,348 8,364
College Park 8 3,366 31,942
Frederick 9 3,671 68,229
Bowie 10 3,789 57,633
Annapolis 11 3,795 39,009
Salisbury 12 3,879 32,338
Aberdeen 13 3,933 15,361
Riverdale Park 14 3,998 7,221
Cambridge 15 4,063 12,552
Cheverly 16 4,315 6,390
Fruitland 17 4,398 5,151
New Carrollton 18 4,497 12,727
La Plata 19 4,647 9,059
Baltimore 20 4,695 621,000
Bladensburg 21 4,895 9,505
Hagerstown 22 5,028 40,325
Easton 23 5,367 16,637
Havre De Grace 24 5,569 13,505
Cheste 25 5,611 5,122
Elkton 26 5,632 15,687
Westminster 27 6,392 18,665
Frostburg 28 6,462 8,718
Poolesville 29 6,632 5,108
Brunswick 30 7,032 6,101
Chesapeake Beach 31 7,131 5,866
Walkersville 32 7,322 5,989
Bel Air 33 7,577 10,211
Glenarden 34 7,664 6,110
Taneytown 35 7,668 6,755
Cumberland 36 7,815 20,290
Mount Airy 37 7,935 9,376
District Heights 38 8,349 5,951
Ocean City 39 8,483 7,041
Hampstead 40 8,880 6,352
Thurmont 41 9,337 6,435

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