Bethesda, MD
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Bethesda is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 64,169 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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 10.76% 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.

Bethesda is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Bethesda’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Bethesda, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.37 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Bethesda use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Bethesda‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the subway. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

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.

In addition, Bethesda has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (22.49%).

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