official_name = Potomac, Maryland
settlement_type = CDP
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Montgomery
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area_total_km2 = 68.8
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population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 44822
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population_density_sq_mi = 1780.2
timezone = Eastern (EST)
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Potomac is a
census-designated placeand an unincorporated area in Montgomery County, Maryland, United States. The town is named after its local river, the Potomac River. The area is known for its very affluent and highly-educated residents. CNNMoney.complaced Potomac 7th on its list top-earning American towns for 2008, one place ahead of neighboring McLean, VA. [ [http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2008/moneymag/0807/gallery.bplive_topearners.moneymag/7.html 25 top-earning towns - Potomac, MD (7) - Money Magazine ] ]
In 1716, the Canaze Indian nation built the Tehogee Indian Trail, which is still the route of Potomac's River Road today. Several years later, the first farmers arrived. In 1829, the
Chesapeake and Ohio Canalwas completed in an area that had become known as Offutts Crossroads. The cornerstone was laid there and the name was changed to Potomac, in honor of the river that passes by the town.
Around the Potomac Village are posts for horses to be tied to dating back to the early 1900s.
Each year during Mid-October local business and community participate in Potomac Day. This is a celebration of the community and the years happenings. Events include a parade, crafts show, food vendors, and free giveaways.
As an unincorporated area, Potomac's boundaries are not officially defined. Potomac is, however, recognized by the
United States Census Bureauas a Census-designated Place, and by the United States Geological Surveyas a populated place located at coor dms|39|1|22|N|77|11|11|W|city (39.022694, -77.186423).GR|1
The geographical focal point of Potomac is Potomac Village, a small cluster of upscale shops and businesses at the intersection of Maryland State Highway 189 (Falls Road, which connects the
Great Falls of the Potomac Riverin the south to Rockville in the north) and Maryland State Highway 190(River Road, which runs from western Montgomery County into Washington, D.C.). Saint Francis Episcopal Church, two gas stations (Exxon and BP), and two grocery stores (Safeway and Giant) serve Potomac Village.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, Potomac has a total area of convert|26.6|sqmi|km2|1. convert|25.2|sqmi|km2|1 of it is land and convert|1.4|sqmi|km2|1 of it (5.20%) is water. It includes the ZIP Code 20854 for properties and 20859 for US Post Office Boxes. The North Potomac ZIP Codes include 20878, 20854, and 20850 as defined by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission's (M-NCPPC) Potomac Subregion Master Plan as well as the North Potomac Citizens Association (NPCA) [http://www.northpotomacnews.org/wss1/static2/North%20Potomac%20Boundary%20Map.jpg] .
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 44,822 people, 15,655 households, and 13,024 families residing in the area. The population densitywas 1,780.2/sq mi (687.3/km²). There were 15,960 housing units at an average density of 633.9/sq mi (244.7/km²). The racial makeup of the area was 79.46% White, 3.93% African American, 0.11% Native American, 13.37% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.90% from other races, and 2.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.38% of the population. Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, MD has the second highest percentage of reported Asian ancestry in Montgomery County, Maryland with a 23.0% Asian demographic according to the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) enrollment statistics [ [http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/regulatoryaccountability/glance/fy2004/schools/04602.pdf Winston Churchill High School - #602 ] ] . This follows Thomas S. Wootton High School, which has a 32.1% Asian demographic and serves the North Potomac, Rockville, and Potomac communities [http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/regulatoryaccountability/glance/fy2004/schools/04234.pdf] .
There were 15,655 households, of which 38.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.8% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present and 16.8% were non-families. Of all households, 14.0% were made up of individuals and 5.9% had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.84, and the average family size was 3.10.
In the area, the age of the population was spread out, with 26.3% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 21.3% from 25 to 44, 34.0% from 45 to 64 and 13.8% who were 65 or older. The median age was 44. For every 100 females there were 91.7 males. For every 100 females 18 or older there were 87.3 males.
The median income for a household in the area was $89,936, and the median income for a family was $115,572. Males had a median income exceeding $100,000, versus $54,678 for females. The
per capita incomefor the area was $64,875. About 1.5% of families and 2.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including .6% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.
Census Bureau statistical history
As with most large
suburbs, Potomac is divided into various neighborhoods. Although Potomac is extremely affluent, the most wealthy neighborhoods are located around Potomac Village. Many of the outlying neighborhoods closer to the Rockville border, while still middle to upper middle class, are more similar to the rest of the county. Potomac Towne is the neighborhood within the Potomac Village hub of River and Falls Roads. This is the original neighborhood of Potomac, from which all the subdivisions emerged.
Present residents of the area include:
Marriott InternationalHotels executives Richard Edwin Marriottand J.W. Marriott, Jr.
Kenneth FeldFeld Entertainment owner and CEO Barnum and Baileys Circus, Disney on Ice
Daniel Snyder, Owner of the Washington Redskins, tore down the home of former Potomac resident Queen Noorof Jordan.Fact|date=April 2007
Wolf BlitzerAnchor/ Host CNN's Situation Room
Darren StarCreator 90210 and Sex and the City
David RitzOwner Ritz Camera
Mitchell RalesChairman Danaher Corporation
* Mark Lerner Owner Washington Nationals, Lerner Enterprises
Bruce LevinsonOwner Atlanta Hawks
Jonathan R. SteinRenowned New York writer, editor, photographer, and artist.
Michael Jordan(maintains a full-time residence in Highland Park, Illinois, but has a residence in Potomac)
Bill WolfeOwner First Washington Realty Trust
Eddie Jordan (basketball)-- Head coach of The Washington Wizards.
Gary Williams-- Head coach of University of Maryland basketball team. Final Four Champs 2001
Lynda CarterActress - Played Wonder Woman
*Bob Altman Zenimax Media, Married to Lynda Carter
*Neil Cohen District Photo,
SnapFishlargest film processor in the nation, sold to HP
Mike TysonFormer boxer (Former Resident)
Atiku Abubakar Vice Presidentof Nigeria
Dahani JonesCincinnati Bengals
Ted KoppelFormer ABC Newsanchor
John GlennFormer Astronaut and Senator from Ohio
Reza Pahlavi II
Tampa Bay Lightningforward Jeff Halpern
Friedman Billings Ramseyco-founder Eric Billings
Freddy AduFootball Player of S.L. Benfica
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of John, Robert and Edward Kennedy. (Mother of Maria Shriver)
Sargent Shriver, husband of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of The Peace Corps, former ambassador to France.
Dikembe MutomboNBA Player
Alonzo MourningNBA player
Buck WilliamsNBA player
Patrick EwingNBA player
Leon Harrisanchor for WJLA-TV
*Lea Thompson, "Dateline NBC" Correspondent
Farah Pahlaviwho bought her residence in 2001.
Donnie SimpsonWPGC 95.5 radio personality and former BET Video VJ
Calbert CheaneyFormer Washington Wizard and retired NBA player resides in Falconhurst
Taylor MomsenActress from CW TV Show series Gossip Girl
Bruce CortCEO Cort and Associattes Inc.
David SiegelChairman, CEO Gate Gourmet
Topper Shutt, Chief Meteorologist for WUSA-TV
Chuck O'Dell, Former CEO of Marriott
Andrew Williams, Famous D.C. Trial Lawyer
Stephen Klein, CEO Encore Marketing International
Sylvester Stallone, Actor
*Steve Mayer CEO Cogenesys
*Robert Wexler, U.S. congressman
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