The 10 Maryland Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2022


We used data and science to determine 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 382,027 - at 6.3% 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 2022:

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

Which city in Maryland had the largest Asian population? Gaithersburg took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Maryland for 2022. 20.22% of Gaithersburg 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 2022

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 67,878
% Asian: 20.22%
# Of Asian Residents: 13,727
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.08%
More on Gaithersburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Gaithersburg, MD

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 68,155
% Asian: 19.55%
# Of Asian Residents: 13,321
Percent Change Since 2010: 23.05%
More on Rockville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rockville, MD

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 32,221
% Asian: 14.21%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,580
Percent Change Since 2010: 24.02%
More on College Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

College Park, MD

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 23,253
% Asian: 10.43%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,426
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.12%
More on Greenbelt: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Greenbelt, MD

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 25,734
% Asian: 8.28%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,131
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.05%
More on Laurel: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Laurel, MD

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,403
% Asian: 6.22%
# Of Asian Residents: 398
Percent Change Since 2010: 41.13%
More on Hampstead: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hampstead, MD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 6,439
% Asian: 5.82%
# Of Asian Residents: 375
Percent Change Since 2010: 525.0%
More on Cheverly: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cheverly, MD

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 18,267
% Asian: 5.72%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,045
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.3%
More on Hyattsville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hyattsville, MD

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 71,843
% Asian: 5.53%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,971
Percent Change Since 2010: -11.32%
More on Frederick: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Frederick, MD

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 17,703
% Asian: 4.69%
# Of Asian Residents: 830
Percent Change Since 2010: 28.88%
More on Takoma Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Takoma Park, MD

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Maryland With The Largest Asian Population For 2022

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 2016-2020 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 20.2% to 0.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Asian population with a higher score being more Asian than a lower score. Gaithersburg took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Thurmont 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.

Summary: 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. Thurmont
  2. Ocean City
  3. District Heights

For more Maryland reading, check out:

Table: Asian Population By City In Maryland

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Gaithersburg 20.22% 67,878
2 Rockville 19.55% 68,155
3 College Park 14.21% 32,221
4 Greenbelt 10.43% 23,253
5 Laurel 8.28% 25,734
6 Hampstead 6.22% 6,403
7 Cheverly 5.82% 6,439
8 Hyattsville 5.72% 18,267
9 Frederick 5.53% 71,843
10 Takoma Park 4.69% 17,703
11 La Plata 4.32% 9,516
12 Walkersville 4.12% 6,306
13 Salisbury 4.1% 32,850
14 Bowie 3.79% 58,158
15 Cheste 3.47% 5,073
16 Aberdeen 3.35% 15,904
17 Westminster 3.12% 18,649
18 Bel Air 3.02% 10,102
19 Baltimore 2.46% 602,274
20 Frostburg 2.41% 8,550
21 Hagerstown 2.21% 40,027
22 New Carrollton 2.15% 12,925
23 Annapolis 2.14% 39,321
24 Easton 1.97% 16,589
25 Cambridge 1.97% 12,300
26 Mount Airy 1.92% 9,439
27 Elkton 1.8% 15,653
28 Havre De Grace 1.78% 13,808
29 Mount Rainier 1.78% 8,149
30 Brunswick 1.63% 6,364
31 Riverdale Park 1.57% 7,216
32 Bladensburg 1.34% 9,428
33 Chesapeake Beach 1.32% 5,996
34 Taneytown 0.83% 6,837
35 Cumberland 0.44% 19,495
36 Glenarden 0.34% 6,158
37 District Heights 0.32% 5,996
38 Ocean City 0.14% 6,957
39 Thurmont 0.0% 6,783

How Is The Area In ?

Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the cities in Maryland with the largest Asian population.

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