Potomac, MD
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Living in Potomac


Potomac is a medium-sized town located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 47,448 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Potomac is the 15th largest community in Maryland.

Potomac home prices are not only among the most expensive in Maryland, but Potomac real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Potomac is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 97.03% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Potomac is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Potomac who work in management occupations (17.53%), healthcare (10.35%), and business and financial occupations (10.12%).

Also of interest is that Potomac has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Potomac has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

Of important note, Potomac is also a town of artists. Potomac has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Potomac’s character.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 10.50% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Because of many things, Potomac is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Potomac a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Potomac has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Potomac’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

One downside of living in Potomac, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.79 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

For the size of the town, public transportation in Potomac is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Potomac, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Potomac. 80.59% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Potomac in 2018 was $90,504, which is wealthy relative to Maryland and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $362,016 for a family of four.

Potomac is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Potomac home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Potomac residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Potomac include German, Irish, English, Russian, and Italian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Potomac's cultural character, accounting for 27.75% of the town’s population.

The most common language spoken in Potomac is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.