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Bethesda, MD is located adjacent to Washington, D.C. and is an urban core of Montgomery County, MD. Bethesda is one of the most affluent and highly educated communities in the United States. It is a vibrant town, and a destination for shopping, dining and artistic and cultural events.

According to the Montgomery County Department of Parks & Planning Website, Bethesda has a downtown workforce that exceeds 43,000 people. 

The Bethesda Metro station, located in the heart of the downtown, handles more that 15,000 passengers on the average weekday. During weekends, more than 10,000 passengers pass through the station. The number of passengers exiting the Bethesda Metro station exceeds the number entering the station on both weekdays and weekends.

  • Population: 79, 867

  • Median Household Income: $133,101 


Bethesda has 16 public schools, including three leading high schools


  1. Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School

  2. Walter Johnson High School

  3. Walt Whitman High School


There are many private school options in the Bethesda area, including:


  1. Holton-Arms School

  2. Landon School

  3. Lycee Rochambeau School (French School)

  4. St. Bartholomew's School

  5. Sidwell Friends Academy

  6. Stone Ridge of the Sacred Heart

  7. Washington Waldorf School

  8. Georgetown Prepartory School

  9. Frost School

  10. Goddard School



Major Employers

  1. The National Institutes of Health

  2. Walter Reed

  3. Marriott

  4. Lockheed Martin

  5. Johns Hopkins Suburban Hospital

  6. Henry M. Johnson Foundation

  7. Clark Construction Group

  8. Total Wine

  9. Howard Hughes Medical Center

  10. Coventry Healthcare

  11. Host Hotels & Resorts

  12. Comcast Sportsnet

  13. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation



10 Things To Do In Bethesda

Dining - Downtown Bethesda is known for its fine restaurants offering a wide range of cuisine from contemporary American to Mediterranean, to French or Latin American. 


The Capital Crescent Trail - The trail runs right through Downtown Bethesda and extends from Georgetown in DC to Silver Spring, Maryland. The paved trail is a popular recreation spot to enjoy walking, jogging, biking, or rollerblading.


Glen Echo Park- Enjoy year-round activities in dance, theater, visual arts and environmental education at the National Park for the Arts. 


Strathmore Music Center- The 2,000 seat state-of-the-art concert hall features world-class performances by major national artists including folk, blues, pop, jazz, show tunes, and classical music.


Cabin John Regional Park- The park is one of Montgomery County's largest and offers a wide range of things to do. The playground is a favorite for kids and includes a replica of an 1863 C.P. Huntington train that is available for a ten-minute, two-mile ride through the park. There is also a full-service ice-skating rink, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, athletic fields, picnic areas, trails and a nature center.


Round House Theatre- Based in Montgomery County, Maryland, the non-profit theater company produces nearly 200 performances each season at its locations in Bethesda and Silver Spring. 


Imagination Stage-The children’s theater company offers year-round productions of modern and classic plays. The organization also offers classes and summer camps focusing on drama, acting, dance, musical theatre, and filmmaking for children of all ages.


Bethesda Blues & Jazz- The Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club brings live musical entertainment to a state-of-the-art venue in a historic landmark building. The supper club features New Orleans style cuisine.


Bethesda Row Cinema- The eight-screen movie theater, located in the heart of Bethesda, specializes in first-run independent and foreign language films, documentaries and classic revivals.


Local Events- Special events are held in Bethesda throughout the year. Here is a list of the most popular annual events:

  • Dance Bethesda

  • Bethesda Literary Festival

  • Bethesda Fine Arts Festival

  • Imagination Bethesda

  • Bethesda Outdoor Movies

  • Taste of Bethesda

  • Bethesda Row Arts Festival

  • Bethesda's Winter Wonderland



Where is Bethesda Located?

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