Posted on August 13, 2021

Less than Half of Maryland’s Population Identifies as White

Brian White, Associated Press, August 12, 2021

Less than half of Maryland’s population identifies as white, according to 2020 U.S. Census data released Thursday, as the state saw an increase in its Hispanic and Asian populations.

Maryland now has a white population of about 47%, compared to 55% in 2010, according to the census. The state’s Black population remained at 29%.

The Hispanic population rose from 8% in 2010 to 12% in 2020, while the state’s Asian population increased from 5.5% to 7%.

Meanwhile, Baltimore’s population continued to decline. The population of the state’s largest city dropped by 5.7%, from 620,961 people in 2010 to 585,708 in 2020.


The increase in Maryland’s Hispanic population was evident in the state’s most populous jurisdictions in the suburbs of the nation’s capital.

For example, in majority-Black Prince George’s County, the Hispanic population of the state’s second-most populous county rose from about 15% in 2010 to 21%, or from 128,972 to 205,463. The county’s Black population declined from about 64% to 59%.

In Montgomery County, the state’s most populous jurisdiction, the Hispanic population increased from 17% in 2010 to 21% in 2020, or from 165,398 to 217,409.

The Hispanic population also rose in the city of Baltimore, from about 4% in 2010 to 8% in 2020, or from 25,960 to 45,927. In Baltimore County, the Hispanic population also increased from about 5% to 7% during the same period, or from 39,865 to 61,492.