Maryland's population grew in numbers and diversity during the past decade, as a shrinking white population was more than offset by big growth in the state's minority communities.
"From a statewide perspective, the thing that stands out is the growth in the minority population," says Mark Goldstein, an economist with the Maryland Department of Planning. "All growth in the state was due to minorities."
The population increase was largest in counties near the Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas and in the southern and coastal regions, U.S. Census data released Wednesday show.
The one exception to the state's overall growth was Baltimore. Although it remains the state's largest city, its population has declined nearly 5% to 620,961 residents since 2000.