Bethesda

 
 

Welcome to Bethesda

Bustling, pedestrian-friendly bedroom community
 
Offering idyllic residential living and a bustling downtown, this D.C. suburb is close to the city but still features a vibrant culture of its own.
 
Wide side streets and large houses dominate the landscape here, and an efficient public transportation system with Metro and bus service allows access to every corner of the region.
Home to several corporate headquarters and an abundance of medical care and professional services, Bethesda combines the conveniences of the suburbs with the urbanity of a small city.
 
There is ample green space, such as the Capital Crescent trail linking to Georgetown and Silver Spring, a popular route for runners and bikers. Bethesda also features several community events and gathering spots. 
 
Full of older homes that have been refurbished or replaced with larger, modern housing, the area also features a stock of modern luxury condominiums. Families investigating schools should research Walt Whitman High School, one of the area’s best.
 

What to Love

  • Idyllic residential living and a bustling downtown
  • Ample green space and plenty of popular routes for runners and bikers
  • A mix of older, refurbished homes and luxe, modern condominiums
 

People & Lifestyle

Both families and singles gravitate toward Bethesda for a variety of reasons. If you love eating out, you’ll be at home here with a variety of outposts of D.C. restaurants and many unique, independent eateries. There’s also plenty of downtown boutique shopping and a blissful, slow-paced lifestyle.
 

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment

Dining options abound in Bethesda. Try Woodmont Grill for upscale American fare and live jazz nightly or Bistro Provence for an open kitchen French cuisine concept served in a small Provençal-themed space. Black’s Bar Kitchen is a new American seafood spot featuring organic ingredients, regional flavors, and a prominent wine display, and Jaleo is a tapas-focused bistro that caters to a happy-hour crowd.
 

Things to Do

Residents take advantage of the numerous galleries and theaters here and eat at a range of internationally inspired restaurants.
 
The annual Taste of Bethesda outdoor food festival gathers more than 50 different eateries in Woodmont Triangle for a sampling of local fare. 
 
At Glen Echo Park, you’ll find classes, camps, and other art-supporting activities, and Imagination Stage offers theater shows and after-school programs for teens and young adults.
 

Schools

Bethesda is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
 
  • Bethesda Elementary School, PK-5
  • Bethesda Chevy Chase High School, 9-12
  • North Bethesda Middle School, 6-8
  • Walt Whitman High School, 9-12

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

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10-17 Years

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18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

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65-74 Years

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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

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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

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 Spiritual Food CSA, DC Pretzel Company, and Vaccaro's Desserts.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining · $$ 1.82 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.97 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.75 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 1.24 miles 13 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.23 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.73 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars

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