Potomac, MD
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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 96.96% 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 (19.79%), business and financial occupations (10.97%), and healthcare (10.35%).

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.

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.82% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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 very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Potomac really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Potomac perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Potomac use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Potomac‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the subway. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Potomac. 80.60% 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 2010 was $88,662, which is wealthy relative to Maryland and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $354,648 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.

Potomac also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 28.31%.

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