Bethesda, MD
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Bethesda is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 64,169 people and 22 constituent neighborhoods, Bethesda is the 11th largest community in Maryland.

Bethesda home prices are not only among the most expensive in Maryland, but Bethesda real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Bethesda is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 97.33% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Bethesda is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bethesda who work in management occupations (19.36%), business and financial occupations (12.47%), and legal occupations (9.00%).

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Bethesda has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

Also of interest is that Bethesda has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Of important note, Bethesda is also a town of artists. Bethesda has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Bethesda’s character.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 10.76% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

One thing that you will notice about Bethesda is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Bethesda a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

In addition to being popular with young singles, Bethesda is also home to many people who can be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

Because of many things, Bethesda is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Bethesda really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Bethesda perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

In Bethesda, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.37 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

For the size of the town, public transportation in Bethesda is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Bethesda, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

If knowledge is power, Bethesda is a pretty powerful place. 85.86% of the adults in Bethesda have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Bethesda in 2018 was $98,119, which is wealthy relative to Maryland and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $392,476 for a family of four.

Bethesda is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Bethesda home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Bethesda residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Bethesda include Irish, German, English, Italian, and Russian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Bethesda's cultural character, accounting for 22.49% of the town’s population.

The most common language spoken in Bethesda is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.