North Potomac, Maryland

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North Potomac, Maryland
Census-designated place
Montgomery County Maryland Incorporated and Unincorporated areas North Potomac Highlighted.svg
Coordinates: 39°5′50″N 77°14′3″W / 39.09722°N 77.23417°W / 39.09722; -77.23417Coordinates: 39°5′50″N 77°14′3″W / 39.09722°N 77.23417°W / 39.09722; -77.23417
Country  United States of America
State  Maryland
County Montgomery
 • Total 6.5 sq mi (17.0 km2)
 • Land 6.5 sq mi (16.9 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 259 ft (79 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 24,410
 • Density 3,522.1/sq mi (1,359.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 20878, 20850
Area code(s) 301 and 240
FIPS code 24-56875
GNIS feature ID 1713001

North Potomac is a census-designated place and an unincorporated area in Montgomery County, Maryland, United States.


North Potomac was created in 1988 from the peripheral fringes of Gaithersburg and Rockville, and lies parallel to the Potomac River. North Potomac shares ZIP codes with Gaithersburg and Rockville. The United States Postal Service defines North Potomac to encompass only zip code 20878.

Major shopping areas include Travilah Square and Traville Gateway. Travilah Square, for a long time the area's only shopping center, is now facing tough competition from a new breed of new urbanism lifestyle centers, which contain a multitude of retailers, from Giant Food to new boutique chains.

One notable business includes the Potomac Horse Center, which was founded in the late 1950s and has since become the premiere equestrian center located in the area.


North Potomac is located in west central Montgomery County, northeast of the Potomac River. It is conveniently located 3 miles from Gaithersburg and 20 miles from Washington, DC. The geographic location can be viewed at the Official North Potomac Map.

As an unincorporated area, North Potomac's boundaries are not officially defined. North Potomac is, however, recognized by the United States Census Bureau as a census-designated place, and by the United States Geological Survey as a populated place located at 39°5′50″N 77°14′3″W / 39.09722°N 77.23417°W / 39.09722; -77.23417 (39.097206, -77.234213).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the place has a total area of 6.6 square miles (17 km2), all of it land. The main artery for the area is Darnestown Road (Designated as MD 28 west of its intersection with Key West Avenue) which connects North Potomac with the other affluent communities nearby (Potomac and Bethesda) and provides access to Interstate 270 (Exit-6).


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 12,546
1990 18,456
2000 23,044 24.9%
2010 24,410 5.9%

As of the census[4] of 2010, there were 24,410 people, 8,040 households, and 6,867 families residing in the area. The population density was 3,522.1 people per square mile (1,360.4/km²). There were 7,002 housing units at an average density of 1,070.2/sq mi (413.4/km²). The racial makeup of the area was 56.8% White (53.3% non-Hispanic white), 5.5% African American, 0.2% Native American, 33.9% Asian (18.4% Chinese, 7.4% Indian, 4.7% Korean, 0.7% Vietnamese, 0.5% Filipino, 0.3% Japanese, 1.9% "Other"), 0.0% Pacific Islander, and 2.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.8% of the population.

There were 6,924 households out of which 60.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 79.9% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 9.8% were non-families. 7.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.33 and the average family size was 3.51.

In the area, the population was spread out with 34.2% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 27.2% from 45 to 64, and 3.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.7 males.

According to a 2007 estimate,[5] the median income for a household in the area was $156,275, and the median income for a family was $164,522. Males had a median income of $91,216 versus $79,634 for females. The per capita income for the area was $57,573. About 0.9% of families and 1.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.6% of those under age 18 and 2.4% of those age 65 or over.

According to the U.S. Census conducted in 2000, 14.5% of North Potomac's residents identified themselves as being of Chinese ancestry, which was the highest in any place besides California and Hawaii.[6]


The major neighborhoods in North Potomac include Potomac Grove, Amberlea Farm, Potomac Farm, Willows of Potomac, Potomac Glen (also known as Piney Glen Village), Stonebridge, Stoneview, Washingtonian Woods, Dufief Mill Estates, DuFief, Flints Grove, Mills Farm, Hunting Woods/Potomac Point, Lakewood Estates, Natalie Estates, Stoney Creek Estates, Potomac Chase Estates, Potomac Crossing, Potomac Edge, Potomac Mill Farm, Potomac Oaks, Potomac Preserve, Potomac Ridge, Potomac Haven Estates, Potomac Valley (Owens Glen), Quince Haven, Quince Orchard Knolls, Quince Trace, Travilah Meadows, Travilah Grove, Traville, Tobytown, and Westleigh.


Local schools include Stone Mill Elementary School, Travilah Elementary School, DuFief Elementary School and Wayside Elementary School. The local middle schools are Cabin John Middle School, Robert Frost Middle School, and Herbert Hoover Middle School. All nearby high schools are either in Potomac, Maryland or Rockville, Maryland.

The Universities at Shady Grove are located in North Potomac.


The area is serviced by Montgomery County's Ride-On route #76 and is 5.5 miles from the Shady Grove (WMATA station) in Gaithersburg, MD.


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