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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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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.
79% of Bethesda residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
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Median rent in Bethesda, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $993. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $2,346.
Libraries in Bethesda include Bethesda Regional Branch, Davis Community Branch, Little Falls Community Branch, National Library of Medicine ... View libraries
Newspapers in Bethesda include Bethesda Gazette
Montgomery County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Bethesda political report.
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
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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