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Bethesda, Maryland - Basic Facts

The Bethesda Census Designated Place had a population of 64,529 as of July 1, 2016. Bethesda ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Maryland. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Bethesda is located at latitude 38.9873 and longitude -77.1186 in Montgomery County. The formal boundaries for the Bethesda Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 13.25 sq. miles and a water area of 0.08 sq. miles. Montgomery County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 318 feet.

The Bethesda Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2389206) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Bethesda Census Designated Place is located within District 7, a minor civil division (MCD) of Montgomery County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Bethesda population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Bethesda, MD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 64,529
Population in Households 64,008
Population in Familes 49,514
Population in Group Qrtrs 521
Population Density1 4,870
Diversity Index2 45


Total Households 26,815
Average Household Size 2.39
Family Households 16,141
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 28,936 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 17,319 (59.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 9,496 (32.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,121 ( 7.3%)
Median Home Value $855,305
Average Home Value $857,432


Median Household Income $142,208
Average Household Income $200,365
Per Capita Income $83,870
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.95% 1.16%
Households 0.81% 1.1%
Families 0.47% 0.88%
Median Household Income   1.74%
Per Capita Income   1.49%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Bethesda, MD - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Bethesda to the other 518 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Maryland by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 11 98th
Population Density1 # 61 88th
Diversity Index2 # 191 63rd
Median Household Income # 24 96th
Per Capita Income # 11 98th

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