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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
Potomac is a suburb of Washington, D.C. with a population of 45,780. Potomac is in Montgomery County and is one of the best places to live in Maryland. Living in Potomac offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Potomac there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many retirees live in Potomac and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Potomac are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$893,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,860
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    12%
  • Own
    88%
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Potomac Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    14%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    6%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    16%
  • 65+ years
    21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    51%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    30%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    11%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    6%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Potomac

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$187,568
National
$55,322
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Potomac Reviews

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Potomac is known to the girl next door sandwiched between Rockville and Bethesda. The reality, is that the quiet neighborhoods are often filled with families who work on an NIH campus or for the government in general. The neighborhoods are sprinkled with greenery and parks are scattered throughout the area. The religious diversity here is absolutely incredible as well. There are 3 Jewish community centers, a Baptist Church, and a Lutheran Church all on the same street (Seven Locks Road). Overall, the atmosphere for raising a family in safety is incredible. Some incredible schools are also in the area. Check out Herbert Hoover Middle School, Cabin John Middle School, Winston Churchill High school, Walter Johnson High School, and Julius West Middle Schools.
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Potomac is a relatively small community. Suburbs are pocketed with local shopping centers and blend easily with the city areas. Attraction wise, there isn't too much to do, but there are certain hotspots and points of interest (for example, an indoor skydiving center). Living her can be very expensive, BUT, Potomac is an EXCELLENT place to raise a family. I should know, I spent 16 years of my life growing up here. There usually isn't any commotion and danger is nothing to worry about. The weather is typically quite comfortable, although expect to be wearing long clothing if you're prone to the cold - winter temperatures arrive early and stay for long. The schools here are some of the top rated in the entire nation, and since we're so close to D.C. (only an hour's drive away), you can enjoy quick weekend getaways without impacting your schedule too much. Demographically, it should be noted that compared to other regions of America, there is a noticeably higher population of Asians.
Great place to live! Excellent schools, and access to all that the DC area has to offer. Plenty of shopping options, restaurants, and parks. Diverse. Beautiful weather. Great for families.