North Potomac, Maryland

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North Potomac is a census-designated place and an unincorporated area in Montgomery County, Maryland, United States. The boundaries can be viewed at the Official North Potomac Map.



North Potomac was created in 1988 from the peripheral fringes of Gaithersburg, Potomac, and Rockville, and lies parallel to the Potomac River. North Potomac shares ZIP codes with Gaithersburg, Potomac, and Rockville. As defined by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) and the North Potomac Citizens Association (NPCA), it is bordered by Darnestown Road in the north, Glen Mill Road in the east and south, Boswell Lane and Travilah Road in the south, and Jones Lane in the west and encompasses distinct sections of the ZIP codes 20878, 20854, and 20850.

Major shopping areas include Potomac Valley, Travilah Square and Traville Gateway. Travilah Square, long 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. Other examples of new urbanism near North Potomac include Kentlands in Gaithersburg, and King Farm and Fallsgrove in Rockville.


North Potomac is located in west central Montgomery County, northeast of the Potomac River. 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].

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