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Bethesda, Maryland Education and City Information

Bethesda, Maryland, is located just northwest of Washington, D.C. Although there are no schools within the community itself, there are a wide variety of educational opportunities in the greater D.C. metropolitan area.

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Information about Bethesda, Maryland

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Bethesda had a population of 60,858. More than 83 percent of residents identified themselves as white, while approximately nine percent identified as Asian and just over three percent as black or African American. Just over 82 percent of Bethesda residents age 25 or older had a bachelor's degree or higher in the years 2010-2014, compared to just over 37 percent statewide.

Residents and visitors alike can shop and dine along Bethesda Row in the community's downtown area, while architecture buffs can admire the Art Deco style of Walter Reed Medical Center and the Bethesda Theater. Additionally, walkers, runners, bikers and even rollerbladers can blaze the Capital Crescent Trail, an 11-mile rail trail that cuts through Bethesda in its span from Washington, D.C.'s Georgetown neighborhood to Silver Spring, Maryland.

Higher Education

There are 80 colleges and universities within 20 miles of Bethesda, Maryland. Nearby Washington, D.C. is home to such nationally ranked private universities as Georgetown University (tied for 20th, based on 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings of national universities), George Washington University (tied for 56th) and American University (74th). Students seeking a public education might opt to attend the University of Maryland - College Park, which U.S. News ranked as tied for 60th among national universities and tied for 20th among the country's top public schools in 2017; this state university is located less than 10 miles from Bethesda. Options for students who want to pursue a certificate or associate's degree include Montgomery College in Rockville, Md., and Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Va., both located within 10 miles of Bethesda.

Economy and Employment

The three major industries in Bethesda are technology, energy, and communications. Research is also a major focus of the economy, since the main campus of the National Institutes of Health and the National Naval Medical Center are both located in the community. Because it is so close to Washington, D.C., Bethesda is also home to the headquarters of multiple governmental bodies, including the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Other companies and organizations headquartered in Bethesda include Lockheed Martin, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Marriott International, American Capital Strategies, Coventry Health Care and Honest Tea.

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