The 10 Maryland Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2021


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in Maryland with the largest Asian population.

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 375,951 - 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?

Here are the cities in Maryland with the largest Asian population in 2021:

  1. Rockville
  2. Gaithersburg
  3. College Park
  4. Greenbelt
  5. Laurel
  6. Frederick
  7. Aberdeen
  8. Takoma Park
  9. Bowie
  10. Cheverly

Which city in Maryland had the largest Asian population? Rockville took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Maryland for 2021. 20.92% 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.

The 10 Most Asian Cities In Maryland For 2021

Rockville, MD

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 67,542
% Asian: 20.92%
# Of Asian Residents: 14,130
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.52%
More on Rockville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Gaithersburg, MD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 67,742
% Asian: 18.86%
# Of Asian Residents: 12,779
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.72%
More on Gaithersburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

College Park, MD

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 32,159
% Asian: 14.43%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,641
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.67%
More on College Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Greenbelt, MD

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 23,219
% Asian: 9.46%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,196
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.59%
More on Greenbelt: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Laurel, MD

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 25,767
% Asian: 7.1%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,830
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.23%
More on Laurel: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Frederick, MD

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 70,887
% Asian: 6.14%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,355
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.75%
More on Frederick: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Aberdeen, MD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 15,848
% Asian: 5.41%
# Of Asian Residents: 857
Percent Change Since 2010: 145.56%
More on Aberdeen: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Takoma Park, MD

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 17,672
% Asian: 5.29%
# Of Asian Residents: 935
Percent Change Since 2010: 45.19%
More on Takoma Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bowie, MD

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 58,481
% Asian: 5.1%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,985
Percent Change Since 2010: 36.68%
More on Bowie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cheverly, MD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 6,435
% Asian: 5.08%
# Of Asian Residents: 327
Percent Change Since 2010: 445.0%
More on Cheverly: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In Maryland With The Largest Asian Population For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 20.9% to 0.1%.

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 Ocean City was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Ocean City
  2. Glenarden
  3. District Heights

For more Maryland reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Maryland

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Rockville 20.92% 67,542
2 Gaithersburg 18.86% 67,742
3 College Park 14.43% 32,159
4 Greenbelt 9.46% 23,219
5 Laurel 7.1% 25,767
6 Frederick 6.14% 70,887
7 Aberdeen 5.41% 15,848
8 Takoma Park 5.29% 17,672
9 Bowie 5.1% 58,481
10 Cheverly 5.08% 6,435
11 La Plata 4.77% 9,376
12 Hyattsville 4.46% 18,242
13 Salisbury 4.33% 32,693
14 Cheste 3.46% 5,088
15 Westminster 3.39% 18,552
16 Walkersville 3.37% 6,179
17 Bel Air 3.19% 10,071
18 Elkton 3.09% 15,644
19 Hagerstown 2.82% 40,152
20 New Carrollton 2.71% 12,935
21 Hampstead 2.7% 6,362
22 Mount Rainier 2.62% 8,107
23 Baltimore 2.57% 609,032
24 Frostburg 2.42% 8,591
25 Havre De Grace 2.23% 13,652
26 Riverdale Park 2.18% 7,198
27 Easton 2.09% 16,591
28 Cambridge 1.92% 12,375
29 Annapolis 1.85% 39,278
30 Chesapeake Beach 1.71% 5,960
31 Brunswick 1.68% 6,258
32 Mount Airy 1.47% 9,397
33 Bladensburg 1.21% 9,402
34 Taneytown 1.0% 6,787
35 Cumberland 0.45% 19,650
36 Thurmont 0.44% 6,638
37 District Heights 0.37% 6,000
38 Glenarden 0.2% 6,140
39 Ocean City 0.09% 6,972

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