Maryland Black Population Fluctuates Regionally

February 21, 2011  |  

(Afro) — Maryland’s Black population increased slightly to 29.4 percent, while Blacks seemingly migrated to southern counties, according to new Census data released Feb. 9.  Counties such as Anne Arundel, Howard and Charles – whose White population dipped from 67 to 48 percent over the last decade – experienced the largest growth spurts of Black residents.  U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., said areas such as Charles County, which was once rural and undeveloped, are becoming more developed as the result of urban sprawl from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

She says the new racial composition may benefit minorities during legislative redistricting. “[Minority growth] actually bodes well depending on where these Census blocks are in the population and where the population is,” Edwards said. “We get to see what this might mean, in terms of the prospects for additional members of the state senate, who might be African American and be competitive in some districts where there hasn’t been competition [from African Americans] before.”

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