Central Maryland Sees Greatest Population Increases

A March 27 Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) press release announced that the majority of Maryland’s population growth over the 1-year period from July 1, 2012 to July 1, 2013 occurred in 5 Central Maryland Counties, with Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties seeing almost one-half of the total growth.  The article also noted a slowing of growth in Southern Maryland and population declines in 4 rural counties and Baltimore City.  The findings are based on an MDP analysis of recent population estimates from the United States Census Bureau.

 Almost one-half of the approximately 44,000 population growth statewide over the July 1, 2012 to July 1, 2013 period was due to gains in Montgomery (12,209) and Prince George’s (8,662) counties, Maryland’s two largest counties. Other growth areas in the 12-month period were Anne Arundel (5,568), Baltimore (5,333) and Howard (5,224) counties.  …

For most of the 2000s, Southern Maryland led the state in population growth rate, but since 2010, the region’s growth has slowed. In the just-reported period, Southern Maryland fell just below the Washington suburbs with the second largest percentage gain (3.7% versus 3.8%) in the state.

The city of Baltimore’s estimated population loss of 313 in 2013 was a marked turnaround from the 1,430 gain in the prior year.  …

Four, mostly rural counties also experienced population declines. Allegany, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties experienced a combined 650-person drop in population, with the largest decline occurring in Allegany County (-348).

The analysis also found that Maryland’s 2013 population gain was ranked 14th among the states and the District of Columbia.  It also found that population mobility remains limited due to the 2007-2009 recession and the housing market collapse.


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