The U. S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) reveals that the majority of Maryland's regions, including western Maryland, southern Maryland, and the east coast, are predominantly white. According to the Population Estimates Program, white people are those who have origins in any of the native peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.
This includes individuals who identify as white or Irish, German, Italian, Lebanese, Arab, Moroccan, or Caucasian. Meanwhile, black people are those who have origins in any of the black racial groups in Africa and Native Americans are those who have origins in any of the native peoples of North and South America (including Central America) and maintain a tribal affiliation or an attachment to the community. Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders are considered a separate category. Data users should be aware that there may be methodological differences between different data sources.
Frederick and Howard counties were the fastest-growing in Maryland over the past 10 years and both experienced population increases of around 16%.