The 10 Most Diverse Cities In Maryland For 2021


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the most diverse places in Maryland.


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 are the 10 most diverse places in Maryland for 2021:

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

So what city is the most diverse in Maryland? According to the most Census data, 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 10 Most Diverse Places In Maryland For 2021

Gaithersburg, MD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 67,742

HHI: 2,483
% White: 34.4%
% African American: 17.4%
% Asian: 18.9%
More on Gaithersburg: PhotosData

Hyattsville, MD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 18,242

HHI: 2,898
% White: 25.4%
% African American: 29.4%
% Asian: 4.5%
More on Hyattsville: PhotosData

College Park, MD

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 32,159

HHI: 3,038
% White: 47.2%
% African American: 18.8%
% Asian: 14.4%
More on College Park: PhotosData

Rockville, MD

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 67,542

HHI: 3,074
% White: 47.8%
% African American: 10.6%
% Asian: 20.9%
More on Rockville: PhotosData

Greenbelt, MD

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 23,219

HHI: 3,086
% White: 24.7%
% African American: 45.9%
% Asian: 9.5%
More on Greenbelt: PhotosData

Mount Rainier, MD

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,107

HHI: 3,307
% White: 17.2%
% African American: 42.8%
% Asian: 2.6%
More on Mount Rainier: PhotosData

Takoma Park, MD

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 17,672

HHI: 3,363
% White: 46.3%
% African American: 32.2%
% Asian: 5.3%
More on Takoma Park: PhotosData

Laurel, MD

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 25,767

HHI: 3,520
% White: 21.2%
% African American: 52.6%
% Asian: 7.1%
More on Laurel: PhotosData

Cheverly, MD

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 6,435

HHI: 3,577
% White: 36.9%
% African American: 46.0%
% Asian: 5.1%
More on Cheverly: PhotosData

Cambridge, MD

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,375

HHI: 3,623
% White: 39.8%
% African American: 44.0%
% Asian: 1.9%
More on Cambridge: PhotosData

How we determined the most diverse cities in Maryland 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:

  • 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 2,483 (Gaithersburg) to 8,948 (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. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Taneytown
  3. Hampstead

For more Maryland reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In Maryland For 2021

Rank City Population HHI
1 Gaithersburg, MD 67,742 2,483
2 Hyattsville, MD 18,242 2,898
3 College Park, MD 32,159 3,038
4 Rockville, MD 67,542 3,074
5 Greenbelt, MD 23,219 3,086
6 Mount Rainier, MD 8,107 3,307
7 Takoma Park, MD 17,672 3,363
8 Laurel, MD 25,767 3,520
9 Cheverly, MD 6,435 3,577
10 Cambridge, MD 12,375 3,623
11 Fruitland, MD 5,244 3,626
12 Annapolis, MD 39,278 3,668
13 Frederick, MD 70,887 3,711
14 Bowie, MD 58,481 3,777
15 Aberdeen, MD 15,848 3,826
16 Salisbury, MD 32,693 3,861
17 Riverdale Park, MD 7,198 3,980
18 La Plata, MD 9,376 4,071
19 New Carrollton, MD 12,935 4,548
20 Hagerstown, MD 40,152 4,593
21 Baltimore, MD 609,032 4,610
22 Elkton, MD 15,644 4,897
23 Easton, MD 16,591 5,138
24 Bladensburg, MD 9,402 5,256
25 Havre De Grace, MD 13,652 5,592
26 Cheste, MD 5,088 5,929
27 Westminster, MD 18,552 5,943
28 Poolesville, MD 5,191 6,148
29 Frostburg, MD 8,591 6,258
30 Walkersville, MD 6,179 6,402
31 Brunswick, MD 6,258 6,446
32 Chesapeake Beach, MD 5,960 6,872
33 Mount Airy, MD 9,397 7,079
34 Glenarden, MD 6,140 7,093
35 Bel Air, MD 10,071 7,458
36 Cumberland, MD 19,650 7,937
37 Ocean City, MD 6,972 7,961
38 District Heights, MD 6,000 8,044
39 Hampstead, MD 6,362 8,122
40 Taneytown, MD 6,787 8,362
41 Thurmont, MD 6,638 8,948

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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