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Suburb; center for government and private research organizations

Bethesda is in Montgomery County, in the Washington-Arlington metro area.

One tradition says the community was named after a local church; another traces its name directly to the biblical place.

The latitude of Bethesda is 38.980N. The longitude is -77.1W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 318 feet.

The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 55,277.


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Median household income
Local
$99,102
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Bethesda demographic reports
In a 2006 study, AllBusiness named Bethesda - Gaithersburg - Frederick as the No. 6 best metro for women entrepreneurs.

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Filming location for:
· 1999 movie, "Random Hearts"
· 1993 movie, "Dave"
Well-known residents have included:
· Dean Felber, bassist with Hootie and the Blowfish
· Alice McDermott, author
· Robert Hays, actor
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Caribou Coffee, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Bethesda Literary Festival - April 20-22, 2007
  • Fine Arts Festival - May 12-13, 2007
Dates often change. Check Bethesda web sites and events links in the sections below.
Historic sites and museums: Dennis & Phillip Ratner Museum, National Library of Medicine
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National index: 100
Local index: 77

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Bethesda demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Montgomery County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Washington area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 20816 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

11% of Bethesda residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Bethesda ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Bethesda was $58,479, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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79% of Bethesda residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Bethesda, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $993.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $2,346.


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Libraries in Bethesda include Bethesda Regional Branch, Davis Community Branch, Little Falls Community Branch, National Library of Medicine ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Bethesda include Bethesda Gazette

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Montgomery County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Bethesda political report.

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Restaurants

Bethesda restaurants taking online reservations include Bello Mondo, Cafe Europa, Centro, Grapeseed, La Miche, McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Bethesda, Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda, Morton's, the Steakhouse - Bethesda, Persimmon, Rock Creek ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Bethesda workers is 28 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 1 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Bethesda between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of .2 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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