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 97.75% 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 (20.39%), business and financial occupations (11.21%), and healthcare (9.65%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in Potomac telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.15% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

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 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 33.63 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.

If knowledge is power, Potomac is a pretty powerful place. 81.63% 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 $85,703, which is wealthy relative to Maryland and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $342,812 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 Irish, English, Russian, and Italian.

In addition, Potomac has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (28.85%).

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