Population: 45,882Median home value: $889,100 69 Ranks better than 60% of areas

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B- Potomac Amenities Some amenities close to this location
F Potomac Cost of Living Cost of living is 62% higher than Maryland
19595% more expensive than the US average
12020% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Potomac cost of living
A Potomac Crime Total crime is 57% lower than Maryland
Total crime
1,17657% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 8657% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-2%Year over year crime is down
Potomac crime
A+ Potomac Employment Household income is 139% higher than Maryland
Median household income
$181,890229% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$86,915191% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
2%53% lower than the US average
Potomac employment
F Potomac Housing Home value is 206% higher than Maryland
Median home value
$889,100381% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,80991% higher than the US average
Home ownership
87%37% higher than the US average
Potomac real estate or Potomac rentals
A+ Potomac Schools HS graduation rate is 12% higher than Maryland
High school grad. rates
97%17% higher than the US average
School test scores
78%59% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
17:18% higher than the US average
Potomac K-12 schools

Living in Potomac, MD

Potomac is a mid-sized city located in the state of Maryland. The city has a population of 45,882 people. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (73% White). Given that fact, Potomac could be considered less diverse than other cities. Potomac is known to be family friendly as more than 90% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 56% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

Living in Potomac can be a good experience for anyone relocating to the area. Having said that, in the state of Maryland, there are many incredible places to live, so choose wisely! The best areas in Potomac and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from crime, employment, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Maryland and national averages.

Potomac has a livability score of 69/100 and is ranked #124 in Maryland and #11,592 in the USA. If we dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Potomac has higher than average rankings for the following: amenities (B-), crime (A), education (A+) and employment (A+). Potomac does not fare well for the following: cost of living (F) and housing (F). It might be wise to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

School test scores can be an important metric in deciding if the local area schools can provide a solid educational system for children. The schools in Potomac have a test score average of 78%, which is well above the US average.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Potomac is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Potomac come in at $889,100, which is 206.2% higher than the Maryland average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Potomac, the home price to income ratio is 4.9, which is 28.9% higher than the Maryland average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Potomac area were 1.3% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 1.4%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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Compare Potomac, MD Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Potomac, MD

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Westover Village, Arlington839.52,179
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Lyon Village, Arlington8110.13,541
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Arlington-East Falls, Arlington818.85,637
Lyon Park, Arlington8110.95,521
Madison Manor, Arlington819.61,579
Bluemont, Arlington8010.17,049

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My Life in Potomac, MD

I live in Potomac, Maryland and I love it. There is always something fun to do. The summers can be a bit humid, but the winters are mild and never devastating. I moved here about 10 years ago so my children could have a great area to grow up in. I have never heard a complaint from them about the area that we live in.Potomac has the seventh most top-educated students and schools in America and it has been ranked one of the safest cities on the east coast. I feel at ease knowing that my kids are being educate by some of the best and protected by some of the best. I have never felt as though I need to worry about my children, myself, or my possessions. I can't recall there ever being a break-in within my neighborhood.

Potomac, Maryland is also a amazing city for adults as well. There are many areas to work within the city, but businesses and offices in both Washington Dc and Baltimore are only a short commute away as well, though the highways do get backed up around rush hour. There are plenty of award winning restaurants with a wide range of choices and there is Potomac Village which has many different shops to suit anyone's fancy. If being outside is more your thing I highly recommend the numerous hiking trails around the border of the city. There are even great opportunities to raft or kayak down the Potomac river. Every October we celebrate "Potomac Day", in which the local community has a wonderful little party which includes crafts, food vendors, and even a parade. It is quite a marvelous day, unless we get rain, and everybody in my family loves it.
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Source: The Potomac, MD data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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