Bethesda

This census-designated place (CDP) is a laid-back suburb.

Welcome to Bethesda

If you've watched the movies "The Pacifier" or "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," you'll have an idea of the idyllic community that is Bethesda, Maryland. This census-designated place (CDP) is a laid-back suburb without the incorporated status of towns and cities. Just northwest of Washington D.C., Bethesda is far from its pre-colonial tobacco-farming roots and is now home to a mix of D.C. commuters, long-time residents, and foreign dignitaries making for a diverse mix of cultures. Its central location means you have quick access to the nation's capital plus hip, trendy Georgetown and the nightlife of Silver Spring.
 
 

Things To Do

Many residents visit Bethesda Row on the west side of the city to shop at local upscale stores, see a movie or dine in one of the many restaurants. This area is especially pleasant at night because the trees that line Bethesda Avenue are festive and inviting. Living in Bethesda is a cultural experience with access to live theater, museums, and natural parks, plus the cityscape is dotted with murals by local artists.
 
Plus, on weekends, you can enjoy two large farmer's markets with each offering local food as well as live music and crafts. Recreation is emphasized, too, with the Capital Crescent Trail leading right through the heart of town between Bethesda West and Wisconsin South neighborhoods. This 11-mile paved trail follows the old B&O Railroad line and is one of the most popular recreational paths in the country for walkers, joggers, and cyclists.
 
 

Living and Working in Bethesda, MD

Bethesda is divided into neighborhoods, including Downtown Bethesda, Woodmont Triangle, Bethesda West, Wisconsin North, and Wisconsin South, each with its own particular flavor. Employment opportunities at the corporate headquarters of many large companies, as well as federal institutions and medical facilities, are the main attraction.
 
Homes for sale in Bethesda, MD range from single-family homes, including ranch style, split- and bi-level homes, and spacious new construction to multi-million dollar mansions. Apartments and condos are also available, and Bethesda real estate includes many renovated historic homes, with some dating back to the 1700s.
 
 

Getting Around

Traffic in Bethesda can be a bit congested, so commuters often opt for public transportation. The Capitol is just eight miles away via the Metro in downtown Bethesda. For in-town travel, hop on Montgomery County Ride On buses or the Bethesda Circulator for free rides from one Bethesda neighborhood to another, with no parking worries.
 

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

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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0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

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

Total Households

2.44

Average Household Size

$108,611

Average individual Income

Households with Children

With Children:

Without Children:

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Blue vs White Collar Workers

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Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
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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