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Posted at 2:02 PM ET, 02/ 9/2011

2010 Census: Montgomery, Prince George's populations soar, Baltimore shrinks

By Aaron C. Davis

The population of Washington's Maryland suburbs soared over the last decade while Baltimore city shrank dramatically, new census data shows.

Montgomery County accounted for more than a fifth of the state's total population growth, swelling 10 percent, from 873,341 in 2000, to 971,777 in 2010.

Prince George's County grew by 7 percent, from 801,515 to 863,420.

Baltimore City shed more than 30,000 residents, or 5 percent of its population. The city now has 620,961 residents.

Maryland's shifting population will increase representation for the Washington suburbs in the state's General Assembly and potentially give rise to more Washington-area politicians ascending to statewide office.

The census data also shows double-digit growth in counties in Southern Maryland, and continued robust development along the Baltimore-Washington and I-270 corridors.

Check PostLocal later today for more extensive analysis of Maryland's 2010 Census.

By Aaron C. Davis  | February 9, 2011; 2:02 PM ET
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It actually looks as if Montgomery grew slower than the Census Bureau predicted. The 2010 census figure was equal to the 2009 estimate. Contrast that with Fairfax County which had 44,000 and Prince Georges County which had 29,000 more people than the 2009 estimate.

Montgomery seemed to go the way of Arlington and Alexandria, which also grew slower than the Census Bureau predicted. Fairfax and PG seem to be quite a bit higher, and for all the outer counties in MD and VA, the 2010 census confirmed massive growth.

Posted by: rocotten | February 9, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Yeah for the growth in MoCo! (sarcasm) Too bad the roads haven't grown with the population.

When will they get their heads out of their butts and do something about that?

Posted by: jwash4472 | February 9, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Aqui esta muy lleno de gente.

El MoCo es el infierno.

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | February 9, 2011 3:13 PM | Report abuse

So now that the minorities are the majorities, does this mean an end to affirmative action, hiring quotas, and "special" programs exclusively for non whites? If the trend continues an white flight continues, will you still call Moco "wealthy" when the majority are Hispanics right off the boat who can barely speak English (or not at all), and have no higher education?

Posted by: VikingRider | February 10, 2011 9:43 AM | Report abuse

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