These Are The 10 Whitest Cities In Maryland For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Maryland are whiter than wonder bread.

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You’re at your local Whole Foods shopping for kale chips and asparagus water, trying to work out if you’ll have time to stop at the Pottery Barn before you head to your yoga class taught by a girl named Sage. It hits you: you’re leading the whitest life imaginable.

But does that mean the city you live in is one of the whitest places in Maryland?

Don’t worry, we’ve figured it out for you. Using actual census data combined with our favorite white people stereotypes (as confirmed by the internet), we can determine which cities are the whitest of the white in Old Line State.

After analyzing cities with populations greater than 5,000, we came up with this list as the whitest cities in Maryland for 2018:

  1. Thurmont (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Hampstead (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Ocean City (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Mount Airy (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Cumberland (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Taneytown (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Bel Air (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Walkersville (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Chesapeake Beach (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Brunswick (Photos | Jobs)

If you’re wondering, Glenarden is the least white city of all those we measured.

Read on below to see where your hometown ranked and why. Or check out the whitest states in America and the most diverse states in America.

How we determined the whitest places in Maryland for 2018

In order to rank the whitest places in Maryland, we had to determine what measurable criteria defines whiteness.

Obviously we had to count how many white people living there, but being one of the whitest cities in Maryland means much more than just having a high percentage of folks who are of the Caucasian persuasion.

These are cities jam-packed with all the stuff white folks love, based on everyone’s favorite stereotypes. After breaking it down, we came up with following criteria to run on 41 cities:

  • Percentage of population that’s white
  • Whole Foods per capita
  • Farmers markets per capita
  • Vegan restaurants per capita
  • Pottery Barns per capita
  • Yoga studios per capita

Note: For the sake of getting reliable numbers, we counted places within a city’s border, as well as within a short driving distance.

All of these results are listed in a per capita basis, meaning number of stores per person in a state. Additionally, we limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 5,000 people.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 41 in each category, where 1 was the whitest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a whiteness index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the highest whiteness index the ‘Whitest City In Maryland.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Thurmont.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in whitebread central. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the places in the state from whitest to most diverse in Maryland.

1. Thurmont

Thurmont, Maryland

Population: 6,435
Percent White: 96.6%
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Thurmont is a town in Frederick County, Maryland, United States. The population was 6,170 at the 2010 census. The town is located in the northern part of Frederick County, approximately ten miles from the Pennsylvania border, along U.S. Highway 15. It is very close to Cunningham Falls State Park and Catoctin Mountain Park, which contains the presidential retreat of Camp David. Thurmont is also home to Catoctin Colorfest, an arts and crafts festival that draws in about 125,000 people each autumn.

2. Hampstead

Hampstead, Maryland

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Population: 6,352
Percent White: 94.2%
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Hampstead is a town in Carroll County in the U.S. state of Maryland. The population was 6,323 at the 2010 census.

3. Ocean City

Ocean City, Maryland

Population: 7,041
Percent White: 92.0%
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Ocean City Maryland, officially the Town of Ocean City, is an Atlantic resort town in Worcester County, Maryland. Ocean City is widely known in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States and is a frequent destination for vacationers in that area. The population was 7,102 at the 2010 U.S. Census, although during summer weekends the city hosts between 320,000 and 345,000 vacationers, and up to 8 million visitors annually. During the summer, Ocean City becomes the second most populated municipality in Maryland, after Baltimore. It is part of the Salisbury metropolitan area.

4. Mount Airy

Mount Airy, Maryland

Population: 9,376
Percent White: 88.9%
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Mount Airy is a town located in Carroll and Frederick counties in the U.S. state of Maryland. It is part of both the Washington Metropolitan Area and Baltimore Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census the population was 9,288.

5. Cumberland

Cumberland, Maryland

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Population: 20,290
Percent White: 88.1%
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Cumberland Maryland, officially the City of Cumberland, is a western gateway city and seat of Allegany County, Maryland, United States and the primary city of the Cumberland, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. At the 2010 census, the city had a population of 20,859, and the metropolitan area had a population of 103,299. Cumberland is a regional business and commercial center for Western and the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia. Cumberland is commonly referred to as ‘Where The South Begins,’ as official United States Census Bureau records place it below the Mason-Dixon line.

6. Taneytown

Taneytown, Maryland

Population: 6,755
Percent White: 87.3%
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Taneytown is a town in Carroll County, Maryland, United States. The population was 6,728 at the 2010 census. Taneytown was founded in 1754. Of the town, George Washington once wrote, ‘Tan-nee town is but a small place with only the Street through wch. the road passes, built on. The buildings are principally of wood.’ Taneytown has a history museum that displays the history of the town for visitors and citizens to see. The Bullfrog Road Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

7. Bel Air

Bel Air, Maryland

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Population: 10,211
Percent White: 86.7%
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The town of Bel Air is the county seat of Harford County, Maryland. According to the 2010 United States Census the population of the town was 10,120.

8. Walkersville

Walkersville, Maryland

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Population: 5,989
Percent White: 85.2%
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Walkersville is a town in Frederick County, Maryland, United States. The population was 5,800 at the 2010 census.

9. Chesapeake Beach

Chesapeake Beach, Maryland

Population: 5,866
Percent White: 83.9%
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Chesapeake Beach is a town in Calvert County, Maryland. Its major attractions include the Chesapeake Beach Railway Station, the Chesapeake Beach Rail Trail, a water park, marinas, piers, and charter boat fishing. The town’s population was recorded as 5,753 in the 2010 census.

10. Brunswick

Brunswick, Maryland

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Population: 6,101
Percent White: 83.3%
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Brunswick is a city in Frederick County, Maryland, United States at the Maryland/Virginia border. The population was 5,870 at the 2010 census.

There You Have It – The Whitest of The White Bread In Maryland

Measuring both the locations with the highest percentage of white people, as well as the number of stereo-typically white venues, this list provides accurate information on the whitest places in Maryland.

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Maryland for 2018

Rank City Population Percent White
1
Thurmont 6,435 96.6%
2
Hampstead 6,352 94.2%
3
Ocean City 7,041 92.0%
4
Mount Airy 9,376 88.9%
5
Cumberland 20,290 88.1%
6
Taneytown 6,755 87.3%
7
Bel Air 10,211 86.7%
8
Walkersville 5,989 85.2%
9
Chesapeake Beach 5,866 83.9%
10
Brunswick 6,101 83.3%
11
Poolesville 5,108 80.7%
12
Westminster 18,665 79.2%
13
Frostburg 8,718 79.1%
14
Elkton 15,687 73.2%
15
Havre De Grace 13,505 72.4%
16
Cheste 5,122 71.5%
17
Easton 16,637 71.3%
18
Hagerstown 40,325 68.3%
19
Fruitland 5,151 61.6%
20
La Plata 9,059 60.7%
21
Frederick 68,229 55.0%
22
Aberdeen 15,361 53.9%
23
Annapolis 39,009 52.9%
24
College Park 31,942 51.6%
25
Rockville 65,171 50.6%
26
Salisbury 32,338 49.0%
27
Takoma Park 17,567 42.9%
28
Cambridge 12,552 42.7%
29
Gaithersburg 66,104 36.8%
30
Bowie 57,633 34.4%
31
Cheverly 6,390 29.0%
32
Baltimore 621,000 27.7%
33
Hyattsville 18,262 23.6%
34
Greenbelt 23,623 23.3%
35
Laurel 25,703 22.9%
36
Riverdale Park 7,221 16.9%
37
Mount Rainier 8,364 14.9%
38
New Carrollton 12,727 9.1%
39
Bladensburg 9,505 3.3%
40
District Heights 5,951 1.5%
41
Glenarden 6,110 1.3%

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