LANHAM, Md. — Gaithersburg, Maryland is one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, according to new Census data.
Gaithersburg was home to 65,690 people in 2013, which represents a 4.4 percent increase from the year before. That’s a population jump of about 2,890 residents.
That growth puts Gaithersburg at number eight on a list of the country’s top 15 fastest-growing areas with populations of 50,000 or more.
According to the city’s website, it was just a small, agricultural settlement known as Log Town in 1765. It only officially became known as Gaithersburg when it was incorporated on April 5, 1878.
In recent years, it has transformed from a relatively quiet area and a home for commercial agriculture operations to a bustling D.C. suburb and hub for tech companies like Sodexo and Global Exchange Services.
Census data also shows that the city is very diverse — 16.3 percent of the population identifies as black or African American, 16.9 percent identifies as Asian and 24.2 percent identifies as Latino or Hispanic.
The report says Texas is home to more of the country’s fastest-growing cities than any other state. Three of the top five and seven of the top 15 cities are located there.
The 15 top cities by percentage increase are:
- San Marcos, Texas, 8 percent
- Frisco, Texas, 6.5 percent
- South Jordan, Utah, 6.1 percent
- Cedar Park, Texas, 5.6 percent
- Lehi, Utah, 5.5 percent
- Goodyear, Arizona, 4.8 percent
- Georgetown, Texas, 4.5 percent
- Gaithersburg, Maryland, 4.4 percent
- Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, 4.1 percent
- Meridian, Idaho, 4.0 percent
- Odessa, Texas, 4.0 percent
- Gilbert, Arizona, 4.0 percent
- McKinney, Texas, 3.9 percent
- Franklin, Tennessee, 3.9 percent
- Pearland, Texas, 3.8 percent