Bethesda

With a bustling, pedestrian-friendly downtown featuring high-end dining and shops, this self-confident community is on the move.

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Welcome to Bethesda

Getting ahead in a relaxed fashion.

For much of the 19th Century, Bethesda was nothing more than a country crossroads named after a local church, but it grew steadily after the installation of a streetcar between the more prosperous towns of Georgetown and Rockville. After World War II, the National Naval Hospital and the National Institutes of Health were built in the area, and Bethesda was flooded with federal workers, military personnel, and contractors. Today it’s grown into a vibrant community in its own right with several corporate headquarters and a high-density downtown.

​​​​​​​While this DC suburb used to be well on the fringes of urban life and entertainment, today’s Bethesda is anything but boring. With a bustling, pedestrian-friendly downtown featuring high-end dining and shops, this self-confident community is on the move.

What to Expect

Idyllic residential living with downtown options.

Bethesda’s wide side streets and large houses feel far away from the stress of Washington, while its downtown core has options for those who want a higher energy lifestyle. The whole town has a very efficient public transportation system with Metro and bus service, but traffic is still an issue along Wisconsin Avenue and Old Georgetown Road. From parking to shopping to an abundance of medical care and professional services, Bethesda combines the conveniences of the suburbs with the urbanity of a small city.

The Lifestyle

Adventurous with a focus on well-being.

​​​​​​​Residents take advantage of the numerous arts options like galleries and theater, and love eating out at a bevy of restaurants. Bethesda is also a very health-conscious community, and there are many businesses that cater to fitness and a healthy lifestyle. There is ample green space such as the Capital Crescent trail linking to Georgetown and Silver Spring as a popular route for runners and bikers.

What Not to Expect

A pulsing nightlife or the diverse dining options of the city.

​​​​​​Despite some international flair, Bethesda doesn’t have the diversity that DC offers for places to eat. It also doesn’t have the nightlife, with few bars open late during the week or weekend. Still, there is always evening activity at the restaurants and pubs along Woodmont and Bethesda Avenues.

The Market

Condominiums near downtown.

​​​​​​​Bethesda is full of older homes have been refurbished or replaced with larger, modern housing. More modern, luxury condominiums have joined some of the older stock of apartments built downtown.

You'll Fall in Love With

Not needing to drive into the city to enjoy city life.

​​​​​​​If you love eating out, you’ll be at home here with a variety of outposts of DC restaurants as well as new places unique to Bethesda to try. You can be downtown boutique shopping one minute, and then back home enjoying the comforts of home the next. In Bethesda you move at your own pace, and enjoy the best that life has to offer.

Overview for Bethesda, MD

66,294 people live in Bethesda, where the median age is 43 and the average individual income is $108,611. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

66,294

Total Population

43 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$108,611

Average individual Income

Around Bethesda, MD

There's plenty to do around Bethesda, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Car-Dependent
Walking Score
47
Somewhat Bikeable
Bike Score
39
Some Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Terry's Healthy Food, Bonjour Books DC, and Milo Andres.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 4.49 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 3.72 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 1.24 miles 13 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.82 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.77 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.23 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Bethesda, MD

Bethesda has 26,930 households, with an average household size of 2.44. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Bethesda do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 66,294 people call Bethesda home. The population density is 4,998.68 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

66,294

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

43

Median Age

48.08 / 51.92%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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10-17 Years

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25-64 Years

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65-74 Years

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Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
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26,930

Total Households

2.44

Average Household Size

$108,611

Average individual Income

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Commute Time

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60+ Minutes

Schools in Bethesda, MD

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The following schools are within or nearby Bethesda. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Apple Montessori School
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Holton-Arms School
PRIVATE
3rd - 12th
No rating available
The Primary Day School
PRIVATE
PreK - 2nd
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Alef Bet Montessori School Inc.
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Bannockburn Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
St Bartholomews School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Burning Tree Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
North Bethesda Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
Thomas W. Pyle Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
Alef Bet Montessori School Inc.
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
Potomac Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
Westbrook Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
Wood Acres Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
PRIVATE
PreK - 10th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
The Family Academy Of Bethesda
PRIVATE
K - K
No rating available
Our Lady Of Lourdes School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 3rd
No rating available
Washington Episcopal School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Stone Ridge School Of The Sacred Heart
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Rochambeau-The French International School
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Bethesda Country Day School
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Bethesda Country Day School
PRIVATE
K - K
No rating available
Bradley Hills Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
St Jane De Chantal School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available

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