Gaithersburg is the fastest growing city in Maryland and the eighth fastest in the nation, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The Maryland Department of Planning announced the news on Thursday. According to the data, the city grew by 2,747 residents (4.4 percent) between July 1, 2012 and July 1, 2013. The agency attributes much of the growth to mass transit, such as the Brunswick MARC line and planned projects such as the Corridor Cities Transitway.
“Gaithersburg is the kind of place where we want growth to occur,” Maryland Planning Secretary Richard E. Hall said in a news release. “It is a historic population center along a technology corridor that is, and will be, served by transit. Growth there makes good use of existing infrastructure and helps keep growth where it should be rather than sprawling into our agricultural and forested land.”
Maryland’s Top 5 Growing Cities:
- Gaithersburg: 2,747 (4.4 percent)
- Rockville 822 (1.3 percent)
- Bowie 598 (1.1 percent)
- Frederick 506 (0.8 percent)
- Salisbury 436 (1.4 percent)