Bethesda, MD
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Living in Bethesda


Bethesda is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 68,056 people and 20 constituent neighborhoods, Bethesda is the tenth 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 97.74% 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 (19.32%), business and financial occupations (11.99%), and legal occupations (9.55%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 16.91% 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". While both of these categories describe educated professionals, urban sophisticates are quite a different demographic. 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 31.13 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.

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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Bethesda. 86.72% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Bethesda in 2018 was $99,592, which is wealthy relative to Maryland and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $398,368 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.

Bethesda also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 23.75%.

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