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 97.33% 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 (19.94%), business and financial occupations (11.03%), and healthcare (10.66%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.61% 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.

In addition, Potomac is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

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.

In Potomac, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.73 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

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. 81.22% 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 $86,915, which is wealthy relative to Maryland and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $347,660 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: 28.56%.

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