Bethesda, MD Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Bethesda, Maryland - Basic Facts

The Bethesda Census Designated Place had a population of 65,571 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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Bethesda, MD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 65,571
Daytime Population: Workers 136,551
Daytime Population: Residents 31,060
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 167,611
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 2.56
Population in Households 65,049
Population in Familes 50,308
Population in Group Qrtrs 522
Population Density2 4,949
Diversity Index3 46


Median Household Income $150,733
Average Household Income $208,205
Per Capita Income $87,496


Total Housing Units 29,194 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 17,803 (61.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 9,564 (32.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,827 ( 6.3%)
Median Home Value $858,705
Average Home Value $864,285


Total Households 27,367
Average Household Size 2.38
Family Households 16,490
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.05% 0.98%
Households 0.98% 0.94%
Families 0.7% 0.76%
Median Household Income   0.97%
Per Capita Income   1.61%

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, 2017 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 Density # 60 89th
Diversity Index # 195 63rd
Median Household Income # 21 96th
Per Capita Income # 11 98th

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