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 97.62% 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 (19.23%), business and financial occupations (10.57%), and legal occupations (9.59%).

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.

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.

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.

A relatively large number of people in Bethesda telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.53% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

In addition, Bethesda is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

One downside of living in Bethesda is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Bethesda, the average commute to work is 30.83 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Bethesda use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Bethesda‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the subway. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

If knowledge is power, Bethesda is a pretty powerful place. 83.04% 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 2010 was $85,261, which is wealthy relative to Maryland and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $341,044 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, English, Italian, and Russian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Bethesda's cultural character, accounting for 22.77% of the town’s population.

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