Potomac (Maryland)

Montgomery County


Potomac is a village in Montgomery County in the U.S. state of Maryland. It is named after the nearby river Potomac River, whose great waterfalls are located near the village of Potomac. Potomac is not a built-up area, but exists as a combined unit for statistical purposes, known as a census-designated place (CDP).


Around 1714 was the first settlement of today's Potomac Village held by Edward Offutt. He was eponymous for the first settlement in this area, which was named Offutts Crossroads. Offutts Crossroads was a small settlement of farmers and travelers. The first tavern opened in 1820. During times of the American Civil War, the infrastructure grew in place. Confusingly similar settlement names in 1880 led to the renaming of the area in " Potomac " by the Civil War veteran John McDonald.


Potomac is located in the U.S. state of Maryland, bordering the Potomac River. By extending the Potomac Maryland State Highway 189 ( " Falls Road " ) and 190 ( " River Road "). At the intersection of two streets Potomac Village, a settlement located in the center of the CDP Potomac. Potomac Village is regarded as the center of life with a church, two gas stations and grocery stores in the region. Given its proximity to the U.S. federal capital, Washington DC is it at Potomac to a typical commuter suburb.


According to the census in 2000 lived in Potomac 44 822 inhabitants in 15,655 households. The population density was 687.3 inhabitants per km ². The population is 13.37 % Asian, 5:38 % Hispanic / Latino, or 3.93 % African American.

The average household income was 2007 154.370 $, 3.3 % of the population lived below the poverty line. Potomac is one of the U.S. small towns with the highest level of education according to Forbes Magazine.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Desirée Ficker, triathlete
  • Jeff Halpern, hockey player
  • Bradley Manning, an IT specialist and a member of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Darren Star, television director, television producer and screenwriter