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Maryland ranks 9th in 2020 Census data
By Amanda Winters /
August 23, 2021
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More than two million local households participated in the 2020 Census, putting Maryland in the top 10 states for self-responses.

The new data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that Maryland is the 23rd fastest growing state, with a seven percent increase in population since the 2010 Census. Since then, the state grew from 5.77 million to nearly 6.18 million people, an increase of 403,672 over the decade.

Seventeen of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions experienced a population increase in the last 10 years, with the fastest growing counties being Frederick (16.4 percent increase), Howard (15.8), Charles (13.7), and Prince George’s (12). The Baltimore Metropolitan and the Capital Region continue to make up the majority of the state’s population, with nearly 83 percent of the public residing there.

This household feedback will provide “critical federal funding for our state over the next ten years,” Governor Larry Hogan said in a statement. The Maryland Department of Planning led the Census efforts for the state, encouraging households to make their voices heard and submit their responses on time.

As explained last year, businesses can benefit from the Census in a number of ways. The data collected, including household size and income levels, helps local businesses understand their customer base and adjust pricing strategies. It can also help companies select an ideal location, leading to more economic development projects throughout the region.

Additionally, census information impacts funding for education, workforce development training, and transportation infrastructure—all things that impact careers, as well as communities, throughout Maryland.

Read more about Maryland’s census data.

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