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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 62,448. 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
$897,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,004
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%
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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
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    10%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    56%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    9%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    4%
    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
$159,431
National
$55,322
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As a teenager living in Bethesda, I love it! I feel so safe walking around alone or at night. There's so many restaurants and entertainment options. I am in public school, and it's really good. I live my school. All the teachers and students are amazing. My friends and I love going on bike rides around the town. It's the perfect mix of city and town. There's both urban and residential areas. The only issue I'd say is that that everything is very expensive, like gas and real estate. Regardless, it's. a. great area to live and raise a family.
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Bethesda is a very safe and trendy neighborhood with beautiful downtown area. Things are pricey however it is worth every penny! Ive lived in downtown Bethesda for 2 years now and I am loving it. Nice restaurants, cafes, shopping centers right around the corner. It is also very close to DC, with metro available. I would recommend Bethesda to anyone looking for a trendy neighborhood.
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.