Bethesda

Welcome to Bethesda

Thriving urban center brimming with art, culture, and community
 
Bethesda is a gorgeous city in Montgomery County, Maryland. It’s highly regarded as the region’s hub for arts and culture, with many fabulous restaurants, retailers, and art venues lining the walkable streets. While it was originally founded as a small rural town, it has since grown into a thriving community with a mix of residential neighborhoods and commercial areas. 
 
People love living in Bethesda for its proximity to Washington, D.C., and its vibrant, artistic community. With its mix of urban and suburban characteristics, Bethesda offers residents the best of both worlds. It has easy access to all the cultural and political attractions of the nation's capital as well as the quiet charm of a small town.
 

What to Love

  • Flourishing artistic scene 
  • Many popular events 
  • Walkable streets studded with shops and restaurants 
  • Great location near the nation’s capital 
 

Local Lifestyle 

Bethesda is a suburban town with a mix of urban and rural characteristics, making it a unique place to live. The local lifestyle is upscale, with many high-end shops and restaurants. There is also a strong sense of community and a commitment to supporting small businesses and local organizations. Locals here range from families with children to professionals who work in fields like finance, medicine, and technology. Highly educated and deeply engaged in local issues, the locals of Bethesda value artistic expression, environmental sustainability, education, and cultural enrichment. 
 

Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping

Bethesda is known as a cultural hub in the area, and there are many options for locals to enjoy music, theater, and art. The Music Center at Strathmore is a multidisciplinary arts center that presents dozens of art exhibitions and a full calendar of shows, from full orchestras to breathtaking vocal performances. For something special, you can make a reservation for afternoon tea, where you can sip and snack on delicate bites while enjoying the music from local musicians. 
 
Imagination Stage is another incredible arts center centered around young musicians, actors, and dancers. Kids can attend classes or summer camp in this inclusive, welcoming space. It’s perfect for any young lover of art and theater.
 
When locals want to shop until they drop, there’s no place like Bethesda Row. This upscale shopping mall is chic, luxurious, and studded with fashionable shops and sophisticated restaurants. It even hosts events for Bethesda residents, including wine tastings and houseplant workshops. 
 
As for food, dinner at Persimmon is always a delectable occasion, no matter the day of the week. Their special tasting menu is offered Tuesday through Friday at sunset and features an incredible selection of appetizers, entrées, and desserts. The pan-seared scallops, filet mignon, and braised short ribs are all incredible options, and you truly can’t go wrong no matter what you choose.   
 

Things to Do 

Maryland is a vibrant and eclectic town known for its rich culture and thriving local events. One of the most well-known festivals is the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival, which celebrates the artistic community in Bethesda. Every year it attracts some of the nation’s best artists. The multi-day festival boasts hundreds of vendors, live music, and delicious bites to keep you satisfied as you admire gorgeous artwork. 
 
The Bethesda Film Fest is another popular annual event that brings the community together. A celebration of local filmmakers, it showcases the best short films created by residents of the area. The festival takes place over two days and includes screenings, panel discussions, and networking events. 
 
Food lovers never miss the Taste of Bethesda festival, celebrating the area's rich culinary scene. It takes place annually and features dozens of local restaurants, food trucks, and vendors, all offering samples of their most popular dishes. The celebration takes place in the heart of downtown Bethesda, with streets closed off to traffic to make way for the festivities. Thousands of visitors flock here each year, making it one of the most popular local events in the area. 
 
In the heart of summer, Bethesda also puts on a three-night outdoor movie series. Locals can set up their lawn chairs and picnic under the stars as they enjoy blockbuster hits on the big screen. It’s a great celebration of community and cinema, and it’s a highlight of every summer here.

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 Oh La La Soufflés, Tempo Bookstore, and Milo Andres.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 1.01 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 3.77 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 1.24 miles 13 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.28 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.59 miles 13 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.55 miles 5 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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  • 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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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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