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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A
Bethesda is a town in Maryland with a population of 63,168. Bethesda is in Montgomery County and is one of the best places to live in Maryland. Living in Bethesda offers residents an urban feel and most residents own their homes. In Bethesda there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and retirees live in Bethesda and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Bethesda are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$877,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,938
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    33%
  • Own
    67%
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Bethesda Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    10%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    56%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    10%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    5%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%

Working in Bethesda

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$154,559
National
$55,322
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I had a great experience growing up in Bethesda. Public schools are great, excellent neighborhoods for kids to feel safe in. proximity to DC provides a lot of opportunities both recreationally and educationally. Diversity is less than I would like, but still an ideal place to raise children. Public schools are top ones in the country and provide superb experiences in academics and extracurriculars. The downtown has good restaurant options and an excellent movie theater. Also has a great public library and fun farmers market on Sundays! Overall, a great place to grow up.
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Accommodating, protected, and neighborly, the suburban town of Bethesda proffers safe and convivial living for individuals and families alike.
Although the ambiance may seem mundane at times, the friendly neighbors paired with their diverse origins allow for never-ending compelling and unique discussions.
Following an educational journey in Bethesda public or private schools is an ideal choice, as the elementary, intermediate, and high school institutions provide the most outstanding schooling possible. This is true thanks to large budgets accorded by the state of Maryland, a strong faculty-to-student ratio, and diverse facilities ranging from top of the line sports arenas, to the most technologically innovative classrooms.
Bethesda's healthy lifestyle, family friendly neighborhoods, diverse inhabitants, safe suburbs, and alluring architectural aspects demonstrate why I call this town home.
Known for its medical prowess as home to the National Institutes of Health and the National Naval Medical Center, along with its proximity to Washington, D.C., Bethesda is also a family-friendly urban center whose top-tier education, arts and cuisine make residents happy to call it home. The city’s live theater and art galleries, upscale shopping and nationally recognized schools, biomedical-research centers making life-saving breakthroughs – and much more – make Bethesda a sought-after residential destination.