Bethesda, Maryland Population 2024

66,360

Bethesda is a city located in Montgomery County Maryland. Bethesda has a 2024 population of 66,360. Bethesda is currently growing at a rate of 0.03% annually and its population has increased by 1.95% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 65,092 in 2020.

The average household income in Bethesda is $281,586 with a poverty rate of 3.95%. The median age in Bethesda is 43.5 years: 42.4 years for males, and 44.4 years for females.

Bethesda Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Bethesda was:

  • White: 73.37%
  • Asian: 11.66%
  • Two or more races: 8.22%
  • Black or African American: 4.89%
  • Other race: 1.6%
  • Native American: 0.26%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0%
Land Area (mi²)
13.3 sq mi
Density (mi²)
5,003.70/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
1.95% (1,268)
The current population of Bethesda, Maryland is 66,360 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates (released May 2024). The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 65,092.

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White48,65873.37%
Asian7,73411.66%
Two or more races5,4498.22%
Black or African American3,2444.89%
Other race1,0581.6%
Native American1710.26%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander20%

White

Asian

Two or more races

Black or African American

Other race

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Bethesda Population by Race

Bethesda Population Pyramid 2024

Bethesda Median Age

43.5

Total

42.4

Male

44.4

Female

Bethesda Adults

There are 51,097 adults, (12,410 of whom are seniors) in Bethesda.

Bethesda Age Dependency

71.4

Age Dependency Ratio

32.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

39.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Bethesda Sex Ratio

Female34,06151.36%
Male32,25548.64%

Bethesda Population by Age

Bethesda Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All27,1052.4365.134.9
Married15,0973.28020
Non Family9,8571.1944.355.7
Female1,4462.6260.739.3
Male7052.9646.153.9

3.09

Average Family Size

2.43

Average Household Size

65.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Bethesda Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
9th to 12th Grade4290.92%
Associates Degree8481.82%
Bachelors Degree13,51728.99%
Graduate Degree27,35158.67%
High School Graduate1,5653.36%
Less Than 9th Grade6411.37%
Some College2,2704.87%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Bethesda Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Bethesda Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White33,25632,95530,227
Asian5,7035,4944,967
Hispanic3,9483,7003,084
2+ Races2,9622,7952,376
Black2,1761,9611,306
Other Race756713649
Native American404040
Islander220

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 100%.

Bethesda Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Bachelors Degree$91,805$112,922$71,360
Graduate Degree$148,985$173,716$111,542
High School Graduate$45,707$50,633$31,771
Less Than 9th Grade$29,375$38,384$20,292
Overall$118,094$149,255$86,139
Some College$55,739$61,193$45,379

$118,094

Average Earnings

$149,255

Average Male

$86,139

Average Female

Bethesda Earnings by Educational Attainment

Bethesda Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Bethesda Language

71.03% of Bethesda residents speak only English, while 28.97% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 12.94% of the population.

Bethesda Language

Bethesda Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White45,8911,3002.83%
Black3,19549715.56%
Asian7,7294075.27%
Hispanic5,9072143.62%
Multiple5,3791663.09%
Other1,04011511.06%

3.95%

Overall Poverty Rate

3.05%

Male Poverty Rate

4.8%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Bethesda

The race most likely to be in poverty in Bethesda is Black, with 15.56% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Bethesda is White, with 2.83% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.22%. Among those working part-time, it was 4.77%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 9.2%.

Bethesda Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade29.43%
Some College13.2%
High School9.47%
Bachelors or Greater2.58%

Bethesda Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Unemployed13.44%
Female Employed2.71%
Female Unemployed1.39%
Male Employed1.1%

Bethesda Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Bethesda Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Families$250,001$364,243
Households$185,546$281,586
Married Families$250,001$-999,999,999
Non Families$91,556$133,352

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Bethesda Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

58.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

62.9%

Male Marriage Rate

55.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Bethesda Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Bethesda Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Bethesda Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Bethesda Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

2,201

Number of Veterans

1,831

Male Veterans

370

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Vietnam747
Second Gulf War680
First Gulf War410
Korea293
World War II44

Bethesda Veterans by War

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Age Group
Veterans
75+933
65 to 74398
35 to 54382
18 to 34252
55 to 64236

Bethesda Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White1,8654.88%
2+ Races1153.48%
Black1094.7%
Hispanic962.22%
Asian861.46%
Other Race263.23%

Bethesda Veterans by Race

Bethesda Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

1.09%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.71%

Veteran Disability Rate

Bethesda Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

68%

Labor Force Participation

65%

Employment Rate

3.2%

Unemployment Rate

Bethesda Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Bethesda Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Bethesda Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

13.34%

Born in Bethesda

75.62%

Native Born

24.38%

Foreign Born

12.96%

Non Citizen

11.43%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

75.62% of Bethesda residents were born in the United States, with 13.34% having been born in Maryland. 12.96% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Bethesda Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202466,360220.03%
202366,338220.03%
202266,316220.03%
202166,2941,2021.85%
202065,0921,8973%
201963,1957471.2%
201862,448-720-1.14%
201763,1685600.89%
201662,6085060.81%
201562,102780.13%
201462,0241,0291.69%
201360,9951,4042.36%
201259,5919301.59%
201158,661-2,197-3.61%
201060,85800%

Bethesda Population by Year