Potomac, MD

Geographic Location

Potomac is situated in Montgomery County, Maryland, northwest of Washington, DC and covers an area of 26.6 sq. miles. It is bounded on the south by the Potomac River and its eastern border traces the western side of the Washington Beltway (I-495) continuing up the I-270 to just north of Montrose Road. Watts Branch forms the western border, to South Glen Road, which it follows along Norton Rd and Sandy Landing Rd back to the river.  To the east lie Bethesda and North Bethesda. Finally, Rockville is to the north and the unincorporated area of Travilah is to the northwest.
 
Most of Potomac is in the 20854 zip code, although a few 20850 addresses are also included.
 

Overall Personality

There is not simply one Potomac. The area provides housing from high density condominiums and townhomes (generally on the eastern side) to large estates and farms in the west.  These latter parts tend to take on the appearance of countryside, with a number of estates sporting long white fences common on horse farms. Potomac Village, in the heart of Potomac, is a charming, though fairly significant, shopping center straddling the four corners of the intersection of River Road and Great Falls Rd. This shopping area comprises two grocery stores, restaurants, banks, a large hardware store and a variety of additional, local stores for convenience shopping. In the more densely populated part of Potomac is Westfield Montgomery Mall with over 180 stores situated in approximately 1.5 million square feet. Also nearby is the smaller Cabin John Shopping Center..
 

Defining Characteristics

Potomac has been ranked as one of the top most affluent neighborhoods in the US. and Forbes magazine has touted it as one of the top best-educated areas in the country.
 
Potomac is made of numerous sub-suburbs, communities, and subdivisions. Lot sizes tend to be smaller toward the northeast where homes tend to be smaller than the large estates and mansions, which are located toward the south and western parts of the area.
 

Noteworthy Attractions

Billy Goat Trail:
The Billy Goat Trail is a 4.7-mile between the Chesapeake &Ohio Canal and the Potomac River near Great Falls in Montgomery County, Maryland.  The trail (in three sections) offers magnificent views of the river and rapids from high rocky outposts.
 
Cabin John Regional Park:
Cabin John Regional Park provides numerous amenities for County residents, including a large well-equipped playground, party, cooking and camping areas, hiking and bike trails, an indoor tennis facility, baseball and a modern skating rink. The park is well known for its miniature train that provides rides around a section of the park during spring and summer.
 
Glenstone (www.glenstone.org) Museum
 
Falls Road Golf Course:
Operated by Montgomery County, Falls Rd Golf Course is a 150 acre, 18-hole course with driving range, putting practice area and restaurant. The course offers a number of classes and lessons through the “Pro shop.”
 
Potomac Community Center:
The center offers learning and class opportunities, as well as a gymnasium and entertainment equipment for use by residents.
 

Transportation Options

Statistic
Potomac
Maryland
National
Airports (within 30 miles distance from center of Potomac)
0 (2)
2
354
Amtrak Stations (within 30 miles distance from center of Potomac)
0 (10)
8
711
Average one way commute       
32min
32min
26min
Workers who carpool
7.20%
9.80%
9.60%
Workers taking public transportation
7.60%
8.90%
5.10%
Workers who walk to work
0.90%
2.30%
2.80%
Working from home      
10.70%
4.20%
4.40%
 

Annual Events

Annual Potomac Day hosted by the Potomac Chamber of Commerce offering car rides, a parade, and various activities.

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