The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Maryland For 2021

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the fastest growing cities in Maryland.

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 Cheste 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.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Maryland for 2021 according to the most recent census data:

What's the fastest growing city in Maryland for 2021? Based on the most recent ACS data, Gaithersburg ranks as the fastest growing city in Maryland. If you happen to be a resident of Gaithersburg, you're probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you're surprised--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.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Maryland or the Fastest Growing States In America.

For more Maryland state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Maryland For 2021

1. Gaithersburg

Gaithersburg, MD

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Population: 67,742
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 58,169
Percent Growth 16.5%
Absolute Growth: 9,573
More on Gaithersburg: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

2. Rockville

Rockville, MD

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Population: 67,542
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 58,300
Percent Growth 15.9%
Absolute Growth: 9,242
More on Rockville: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

3. Fruitland

Fruitland, MD

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Population: 5,244
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 4,704
Percent Growth 11.5%
Absolute Growth: 540
More on Fruitland: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

4. Salisbury

Salisbury, MD

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Population: 32,693
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 29,343
Percent Growth 11.4%
Absolute Growth: 3,350
More on Salisbury: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

5. Frederick

Frederick, MD

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Population: 70,887
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Population 2010: 63,731
Percent Growth 11.2%
Absolute Growth: 7,156
More on Frederick: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

6. Chesapeake Beach

Chesapeake Beach, MD

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Population: 5,960
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Population 2010: 5,396
Percent Growth 10.5%
Absolute Growth: 564
More on Chesapeake Beach: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

7. La Plata

La Plata, MD

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Population: 9,376
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Population 2010: 8,496
Percent Growth 10.4%
Absolute Growth: 880
More on La Plata: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

8. College Park

College Park, MD

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Population: 32,159
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Population 2010: 29,596
Percent Growth 8.7%
Absolute Growth: 2,563
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9. Brunswick

Brunswick, MD

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Population: 6,258
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Population 2010: 5,770
Percent Growth 8.5%
Absolute Growth: 488
More on Brunswick: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

10. Easton

Easton, MD

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Population: 16,591
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 15,310
Percent Growth 8.4%
Absolute Growth: 1,281
More on Easton: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Old Line State for 2021

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

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:

[Current Population - Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here's a graph of the cities in Maryland with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in Maryland Graph For 2021

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These Places Grew Up So Fast In Maryland, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Maryland are led by Gaithersburg which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It'll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We'll be here to let you know!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Cumberland
  2. Ocean City
  3. Frostburg

For more Maryland reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Maryland For 2021

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Gaithersburg 16.5% 67,742 58,169
2 Rockville 15.9% 67,542 58,300
3 Fruitland 11.5% 5,244 4,704
4 Salisbury 11.4% 32,693 29,343
5 Frederick 11.2% 70,887 63,731
6 Chesapeake Beach 10.5% 5,960 5,396
7 La Plata 10.4% 9,376 8,496
8 College Park 8.7% 32,159 29,596
9 Brunswick 8.5% 6,258 5,770
10 Easton 8.4% 16,591 15,310

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