Bethesda, Maryland Education and City Information

Jul 14, 2020

Information about Bethesda, Maryland

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Bethesda had a population of 60,858. More than 81 percent of residents identified themselves as white, while approximately 11 percent identified as Asian and just four percent as black or African American. Just over 85 percent of Bethesda residents age 25 or older had a bachelor's degree or higher in the years 2014-2018, compared to just over 39 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 (24th, based on 2020 U.S. News & World Report rankings of national universities), George Washington University (tied for 70th) and American University (tied for 77th). Students seeking a public education might opt to attend the University of Maryland - College Park, which U.S. News ranked as tied for 64th among national universities and tied for 24th among the country's top public schools in 2020; 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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