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A+ Bethesda Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Bethesda Cost of Living Cost of living is 60% higher than Maryland
19292% more expensive than the US average
12020% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Bethesda cost of living
A- Bethesda Crime Total crime is 54% lower than Maryland
Total crime
1,25255% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 8055% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-2%Year over year crime is down
Bethesda crime
A+ Bethesda Employment Household income is 93% higher than Maryland
Median household income
$146,664165% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$87,988195% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%46% lower than the US average
Bethesda employment
F Bethesda Housing Home value is 196% higher than Maryland
Median home value
$858,800365% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,917102% higher than the US average
Home ownership
67%6% higher than the US average
Bethesda real estate or Bethesda rentals
A+ Bethesda Schools HS graduation rate is 13% higher than Maryland
High school grad. rates
98%18% higher than the US average
School test scores
68%39% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
17:14% higher than the US average
Bethesda K-12 schools

Living in Bethesda, MD

Bethesda, Maryland is a mid-sized city with a population of 62,608 inhabitants. Bethesda has a population density of 4,721 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (82% White). Given that fact, Bethesda could be considered less diverse than other cities. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 87% of the population considered married and 53% with kids under the age of 18, Bethesda could be considered a very suitable city for families.

If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very daunting task. However, it could also be a good experience if you are willing to get to know the town before actually living in Bethesda, Maryland. Finding the best places to live in Bethesda and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, cost of living, education, employment and other important metrics.

Bethesda has a livability score of 76 out of 100 and is ranked #39 in Maryland and #4,381 in the USA. Pack your bags! This is a very high score in comparison to other US cities. Living in Bethesda could be a great choice! There are seven total categories that generate the livability score. Bethesda scores well for amenities (A+), crime (A-), education (A+) and employment (A+). On a more negative note, Bethesda does not have favorable ranks for the following: cost of living (F) and housing (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Bethesda, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: Laugh Riot at the Hyatt, Be With Me Playseum, and Bowlmor Lanes.

The average school test scores in Bethesda are 68%. This far exceeds the national average and ensures that this educational system will provide your children with the skills and the tools they need to thrive.

Assuming that Bethesda meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Bethesda. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Bethesda are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Bethesda come in at $858,800, which is 195.7% higher than the Maryland average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Bethesda, the home price to income ratio is 5.9, which is 55.3% higher than the Maryland average. Real estate appreciation rates in Bethesda are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Bethesda homes comes in at 2.3%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 2.7%.

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Compare Bethesda, MD Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Bethesda, MD

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Westover Village, Arlington837.32,179
Williamsburg, Arlington816.22,968
Rock Spring, Arlington815.43,223
Lyon Village, Arlington816.83,541
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Arlington-East Falls, Arlington817.15,637
Lyon Park, Arlington817.75,521
Madison Manor, Arlington817.71,579
Bluemont, Arlington807.77,049

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Occoquan, VA8622.5947
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Cascades, VA821512,205
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Bethesda is located just out of D.C., and is one of the wealthiest cities in the country. The homes are beautiful, and there are many great neighborhoods, and the schools are fantastic. Bethesda has a population of around 70,000, and is a city-like atmosphere in the downtown area, and an urban and quiet setting in it's neighborhoods. Bethesda has an incredible downtown area, with many new places still going up, so many shops and restaurants. There is also a high Jewish population, somewhere around 8%, one of the highest in the country. Bethesda is very expensive, and is not diverse unlike it's surrounding areas. This is surprising because it is very close to Washington D.C. . I would definitely recommend living in Bethesda!
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Paramount, CA - Small Town Atmosphere

Paramount, California has been my home for several years now. I moved to Paramount from Minnesota, so you might imagine the huge change I had to go through. However, Paramount did not make it hard for me to start enjoying my new home. Located just 25 minutes south of Los Angeles, Paramount has a population of just over 50,000 friendly, sun-loving Californians.

One of the fist things I began to love bout Paramount was the weather. Everyone knows the South California is known for its mild, pleasant climate. However, I had no idea just how beautiful it could be, until I started living there. During the coldest months of the year (December and January) I could get away with wearing a sweatshirt and jeans. This was a huge (and much welcoming) change for me, coming in from Minnesota. Once I got used to the weather, my next pleasant surprise was Paramount's proximity to a huge city.

The 25 minute drive to Los Angeles is surrounded by grape farms, small houses with aqua pools, and chunks of what is left over of the desert. So living in Paramount I can enjoy the upsides of a big city (such as a great nightlife, shopping, and job opportunities) and yet live in a quieter, more laid back area of the state.

Since Paramount is so close to the city, many of the city conveniences have spilled right over into the small suburb. No matter what kind of shopping I want to get done, I can easily do it right within my own city limits. This includes different grocery stores, clothing stores, Targets and Walmarts.

Bottom of line being, Paramount California is the perfect place to enjoy a small city atmosphere while not stepping too far away from the pros of living in cosmopolitan area.
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Source: The Bethesda, MD data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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