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Overview

Introduction to Bethesda, Maryland

Bethesda is an unincorporated municipality located in the southern part of Montgomery County, Maryland. Situated just outside of Washington, D.C., Bethesda is a wealthy and well-educated area, many of whose residents commute to Washington for work. The community derived its name from one of its long-standing landmarks, the Bethesda Presbyterian Church. Other notable landmarks in Bethesda include the National Naval Medical Center (also known as Bethesda Naval Hospital), one of the nation’s largest and most renowned military medical centers; the headquarters of Lockheed Martin Corporation, largest provider of information technology services to the U.S. Government; the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division; and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

Arts and Entertainment in Bethesda

Venues for the performing arts in Bethesda include Imagination Stage, a family arts center that fosters youth participation in professional theatre and arts education experiences. Round House Theatre, one of the area's largest and most acclaimed professional theatre companies, produces hundreds of performances each season at its 400-seat Bethesda facility. Bethesda also boasts a number of parks and outdoor recreational sites. Among these is the Capital Crescent Trail, a shared-use (walking, jogging, biking, and roller blading) trail stretching from Georgetown to Silver Spring, which passes directly through the center of Bethesda.

Bethesda hosts a number of events and festivals throughout the year. Some of these include: the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival, a May weekend event featuring arts and crafts, live entertainment and food; the Bethesda Literary Festival, a 3-day event held in April; Imagination Bethesda, a June children's street festival; the Summer Concert Series, which takes place on Wednesday afternoons and Thursday evenings during May, June and July; October's Taste of Bethesda, a food and music festival featuring four stages of entertainment and samplings from 50 restaurants; and December's Winter Wonderland, featuring concerts, a live ice sculpting presentation, and a visit from Santa.

There are attractions galore in Washington, D.C., only minutes away. Included are the following:

  • The White House
  • The Lincoln Memorial
  • The Washington Monument
  • National Air & Space Museum
  • United States Capitol
  • Ford's Theatre
  • JFK Center for the Performing Arts
  • The Smithsonian Institution
  • Library Of Congress
  • The National Zoo
  • The Washington Opera
  • Fraser Gallery

Washington has plenty of pro sports teams too. Franchises which call Washington home include the Redskins of the National Football League, Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals, basketball's Wizards (NBA) and Mystics (WNBA), the National Hockey League's Washington Capitals, and Major League Soccer's DC United.

Demographics

People

Total Population62,608
Male Share of the Population46.5%
Female Share of the Population53.5%
Senior Citizens18.4%
Employed Population 16+32,609
Age of the Population43

Families

% of people married58.6%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher83.2%
Median Earnings25+$86,949
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,500
Median Earnings With High School Degree$32,215

Wealth

Median Family Income$204,321
% Above Poverty Level97.3%
% Below Poverty Level2.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time29 minutes
% Working from Home9.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work9.6%
% Using Public Transportation17.3%

Housing

People Living Alone30%
Median Gross Rent$1,917
Median House Value$858,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)27.3%
German13.9%
Irish12.5%
English10.1%
Italian6.6%
Russian5.1%
Polish4.8%
Scottish3.2%
French Except Basque3.1%
Greek2%
Arab1.6%
Swedish1.3%
Dutch1.1%
Hungarian1.1%
Swiss1%
Iranian1%
Norwegian0.9%
African0.9%
Ukrainian0.8%
Austrian0.7%
Czech0.7%
Lithuanian0.6%
Brazilian0.6%
Portuguese0.6%
Welsh0.6%
Lebanese0.6%
Turkish0.5%
Romanian0.4%
US/American0.4%
West Indian0.4%
Belgian0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Croatian0.3%
Serbian0.3%
Bulgarian0.2%
Ethiopian0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Latvian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Israeli0.2%
Egyptian0.2%
Syrian0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Australian0.1%
Estonian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Senegalese0.1%
South African0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
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Bethesda Almanac

CategoryValue
County Montgomery County
Standard Zip Codes20814, 20816, 20817, 20815
P.O. Box Zip Codes20813, 20824, 20827, 20825
Company Zip Codes20810, 20811, 20889, 20892, 20894
Phone Area Codes240, 301
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude38.97
Approximate Longitude-77.1

Bethesda Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationDALECARLIA RESERVOIR
Distance3.4 miles
Jan Temp24 to 44 F
Apr Temp42 to 69 F
Jul Temp66 to 89 F
Oct Temp45 to 70 F
Annual Precip45.1 inches
StationCOLLEGE PARK
Distance8.1 miles
Jan Temp26 to 42 F
Apr Temp44 to 66 F
Jul Temp69 to 89 F
Oct Temp47 to 69 F
Annual Precip44.2 inches
StationNATIONAL ARBORETUM DC
Distance8.4 miles
Jan Temp24 to 43 F
Apr Temp42 to 66 F
Jul Temp67 to 89 F
Oct Temp44 to 69 F
Annual Precip43.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Chevy Chase2,948$250
Garrett Park1,058$210,156
Glen Echo334$211,250
Kensington2,111$161,750
Silver Spring78,038$87,516
Somerset1,215$250

Bethesda Hospitals

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
(Government - Federal)
8901 Rockville Pike
Suburban Hospital
(Non-profit)
8600 Old Georgetown Rd
(301) 896-2576

Bethesda Public Schools

Bethesda Elementary
7600 Arlington Rd
ZIP: 20814
(301) 657-4979
Primary
Total Enrollment 520
Bethesda-chevy Chase High
4301 East-west Hwy
ZIP: 20814
(240) 497-6300
High
Total Enrollment 1994
Walter Johnson High
6400 Rock Spring Dr
ZIP: 20814
(301) 803-7100
High
Total Enrollment 2262
Westbrook Elementary
5110 Allan Ter
ZIP: 20816
(301) 320-6506
Primary
Total Enrollment 456
Westland Middle
5511 Massachusetts Ave
ZIP: 20816
(301) 320-6515
Middle
Total Enrollment 1252
Wood Acres Elementary
5800 Cromwell Dr
ZIP: 20816
(301) 320-6502
Primary
Total Enrollment 714
Ashburton Elementary
6314 Lone Oak Dr
ZIP: 20817
(301) 571-6959
Primary
Total Enrollment 902
Bannockburn Elementary
6520 Dalroy Ln
ZIP: 20817
(301) 320-6555
Primary
Total Enrollment 411
Bradley Hills Elementary
8701 Hartsdale Ave
ZIP: 20817
(301) 571-6966
Primary
Total Enrollment 633
Burning Tree Elementary
7900 Beech Tree Rd
ZIP: 20817
(301) 320-6510
Primary
Total Enrollment 495
Carderock Springs Elementary
7401 Persimmon Tree Lane
ZIP: 20817
(301) 469-1034
Primary
Total Enrollment 419
North Bethesda Middle
8935 Bradmoor Dr
ZIP: 20817
(301) 571-3883
Middle
Total Enrollment 950
Rock Creek Forest Elementary
7000 Radnor Rd
ZIP: 20817
(301) 650-6410
Primary
Total Enrollment 632
Seven Locks Elementary
9500 Seven Locks Road
ZIP: 20817
(301) 469-1038
Primary
Total Enrollment 398
Thomas W. Pyle Middle School
6311 Wilson Lane
ZIP: 20817
(301) 320-6540
Middle
Total Enrollment 1481
Walt Whitman High
7100 Whittier Blvd
ZIP: 20817
(301) 320-6600
High
Total Enrollment 1902
Wyngate Elementary
9300 Wadsworth Dr
ZIP: 20817
(301) 571-6979
Primary
Total Enrollment 784

Bethesda Private Schools

Bethesda Community School
7500 Honeywell Ln
ZIP: 20814
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
Lone Oak Montessori School Old Georgetown Campus
10100 Old Georgetown Rd
ZIP: 20814
Elementary
Total Enrollment 41
Lycee Rochambeau French Intl School
9600 Forest Rd
ZIP: 20814
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 891
Our Lady Of Lourdes School
7500 Pearl St
ZIP: 20814
Elementary
Total Enrollment 222
St Jane De Chantal School
9525 Old Georgetown Rd
ZIP: 20814
Elementary
Total Enrollment 501
Stone Ridge School Of The Sacred Heart
9101 Rockville Pike
ZIP: 20814
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 641
The Bethesda Montessori School
7611 Clarendon Rd
ZIP: 20814
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
Little Flower School
5601 Massachusetts Ave
ZIP: 20816
Elementary
Total Enrollment 263
Washington Episcopal School
5600 Little Falls Pkwy
ZIP: 20816
Elementary
Total Enrollment 273
Washington Waldorf School
4800 Sangamore Rd
ZIP: 20816
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 205
Apple Montessori School
7210 Hidden Creek Rd
ZIP: 20817
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
Harbor School
7701 Bradley Blvd Unit A
ZIP: 20817
Elementary
Total Enrollment 67
Holton-arms School
7303 River Rd
ZIP: 20817
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 644
Mater Dei School
9600 Seven Locks Rd
ZIP: 20817
Elementary
Total Enrollment 223
St Bartholomews School
6900 River Rd
ZIP: 20817
Elementary
Total Enrollment 190
The Greentree School
6301 Greentree Rd
ZIP: 20817
Secondary
Total Enrollment 4
The Primary Day School
7300 River Rd
ZIP: 20817
Elementary
Total Enrollment 105
The Woods Academy
6801 Greentree Rd
ZIP: 20817
Elementary
Total Enrollment 253
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