Bethesda, MD
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Bethesda is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 68,056 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 97.33% 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 (19.36%), business and financial occupations (12.47%), and legal occupations (9.00%).

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.

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.

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.

A relatively large number of people in Bethesda telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.76% 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.

One thing noticeable about Bethesda, although not a huge town, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Bethesda is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Bethesda a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

In addition to being popular with young singles, Bethesda is also home to many people who can be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

Because of many things, Bethesda is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Bethesda really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Bethesda perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

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 31.37 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Bethesda is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the subway helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Bethesda area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

If knowledge is power, Bethesda is a pretty powerful place. 85.86% 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 2018 was $98,119, which is wealthy relative to Maryland and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $392,476 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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Bethesda's cultural character, accounting for 22.49% of the town’s population.

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