Bethesda, Maryland

Bethesda (/bəˈθɛzdə/) is an unincorporated, census-designated place in southern Montgomery County, Maryland, United States, located just northwest of Washington, D.C. It takes its name from a local church, the Bethesda Meeting House (1820, rebuilt 1849), which in turn took its name from Jerusalem's Pool of Bethesda.[2] The National Institutes of Health's main campus and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center are in Bethesda, in addition to a number of corporate and government headquarters.

Bethesda, Maryland
From top: Bethesda Meeting House, Bethesda's Madonna of the Trail statue, the National Institutes of Health, downtown Bethesda near the Bethesda Metro station, Bethesda Avenue at night, Bethesda Theatre, and the Connie Morella Library.
Boundaries of Bethesda CDP from U.S. Census Bureau
Location of Bethesda in Montgomery County, Maryland
Coordinates: 38°59′5″N 77°6′47″W
Country United States
State Maryland
County Montgomery
Area
  Total13.33 sq mi (34.52 km2)
  Land13.26 sq mi (34.35 km2)
  Water0.07 sq mi (0.17 km2)
Elevation
318 ft (97 m)
Population
 (2020)
  Total68,056
  Density5,131.65/sq mi (1,981.30/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Codes
20800–20899
Area codes301, 240
FIPS code24-07125
GNIS feature ID0583184

As an unincorporated community, Bethesda has no official boundaries. According to the 2020 United States census, the community had a total population of 68,056.[3]


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