A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$858,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,917
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    33%
  • Own
    67%

Bethesda Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    283
  • Murder
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500
  • Theft
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$146,664
National
$55,322
Children
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%
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You would probably love it if you are 1. Rich, 2. Can own a home, 3. Can live outside of downtown. As a person who does not meet any of those criteria, its kind of a miserable place for me.

There is almost no nightlife. It is not very close to the fun parts of DC, and its still wildly expensive to live in, so there's not a whole lot of benefit to paying high rent here if you need to get in and out of DC daily.

This city is a HAVEN for developers. It seems like there is construction going on constantly, and has been since I moved here two years ago. Wisconsin Ave is riddled with huge pits, demolition, etc. They're just building more mixed-use buildings (aka retail on the ground floor, and condos above). More overpriced condos. As if anyone needs those. It is loud all day long, and all the closed sidewalks make it difficult and unsafe to get around.

Just don't do it. If you're going to pay a ton in rent, you might as well get some benefit from it elsewhere.
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Bethesda is a safe, affluent suburb of DC with great schools, restaurants, and shopping locations. Very wholesome place to live!
Change is constant, but in a progressive way. Restaurants come and go, and parking is a nightmare on the weekends, but metro access is central and a lot of locals hop on and off the free bus if you don't live south of NIH, or north of River Road. The real differentiator are the public schools and the people. Caring, bright and concerned about the community. An incredible amount of diverse people, religions and education. (Just listen to the different languages at the local parks.) Not at all like Chevy Chase, the pretentious and clubby neighbor stuck in the past.