These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Maryland


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. Laurel (Photos)
  4. Greenbelt (Photos)
  5. Rockville (Photos)
  6. Takoma Park (Photos)
  7. Mount Rainier (Photos)
  8. College Park (Photos)
  9. Riverdale Park (Photos)
  10. Frederick (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.

You can also check out the whitest places in Maryland for a look at the opposite side of the coin.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In Maryland

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 2011-2015 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 2622 (Gaithersburg) to 9166 (Hampstead).

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 Hampstead 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: 64,945
HHI: 2,622
% White: 38.29%
% African American: 17.15%
% Asian: 17.96%

2. Hyattsville

Hyattsville, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,225
HHI: 2,975
% White: 23.02%
% African American: 34.18%
% Asian: 4.36%

3. Laurel

Laurel, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,849
HHI: 3,312
% White: 22.67%
% African American: 49.44%
% Asian: 8.21%

4. Greenbelt

Greenbelt, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,827
HHI: 3,329
% White: 25.27%
% African American: 49.0%
% Asian: 7.84%

5. Rockville

Rockville, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 64,331
HHI: 3,335
% White: 50.75%
% African American: 9.49%
% Asian: 20.34%

6. Takoma Park

Takoma Park, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,478
HHI: 3,344
% White: 45.38%
% African American: 32.5%
% Asian: 4.97%

7. Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier, Maryland

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,329
HHI: 3,441
% White: 14.62%
% African American: 41.27%
% Asian: 1.13%

8. College Park

College Park, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,730
HHI: 3,545
% White: 53.8%
% African American: 17.95%
% Asian: 14.66%

9. Riverdale Park

Riverdale Park, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,169
HHI: 3,671
% White: 17.74%
% African American: 24.62%
% Asian: 4.74%

10. Frederick

Frederick, Maryland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 67,421
HHI: 3,672
% White: 54.94%
% African American: 18.63%
% Asian: 6.17%

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. Hampstead
  2. Thurmont
  3. District Heights

For more Maryland reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Maryland

City Rank HHI Population
Gaithersburg 1 2,622 64,945
Hyattsville 2 2,975 18,225
Laurel 3 3,312 25,849
Greenbelt 4 3,329 23,827
Rockville 5 3,335 64,331
Takoma Park 6 3,344 17,478
Mount Rainier 7 3,441 8,329
College Park 8 3,545 31,730
Riverdale Park 9 3,671 7,169
Frederick 10 3,672 67,421
Bowie 11 3,808 56,885
Salisbury 12 3,859 31,883
Annapolis 13 3,888 38,841
Aberdeen 14 3,891 15,238
Cambridge 15 4,301 12,534
Cheverly 16 4,331 6,368
Fruitland 17 4,372 5,110
New Carrollton 18 4,627 12,542
La Plata 19 4,655 8,994
Baltimore 20 4,696 622,454
Bladensburg 21 4,854 9,461
Hagerstown 22 5,085 40,210
Easton 23 5,158 16,599
Elkton 24 5,480 15,718
Havre De Grace 25 5,599 13,445
Cheste 26 5,690 5,186
Poolesville 27 5,785 5,100
Frostburg 28 6,668 8,759
Westminster 29 6,753 18,646
Chesapeake Beach 30 6,975 5,847
Bel Air 31 7,118 10,247
Brunswick 32 7,428 6,055
Taneytown 33 7,586 6,740
Glenarden 34 7,685 6,212
Cumberland 35 7,772 20,449
Walkersville 36 8,006 5,965
Mount Airy 37 8,317 9,353
Ocean City 38 8,554 7,074
District Heights 39 8,591 6,036
Thurmont 40 8,803 6,392
Hampstead 41 9,166 6,351

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