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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 9.82% 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.

Potomac is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Potomac’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Potomac is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Potomac, the average commute to work is 33.79 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Potomac is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the subway helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Potomac area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

If knowledge is power, Potomac is a pretty powerful place. 80.60% of the adults in Potomac have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

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.