Bethesda is an urbanized, but unincorporated area in Montgomery County, Maryland, near Washington, DC. It takes its name from a church once located there, the Bethesda Presbyterian Church (built 1820), which in turn was named from a passage in the Christian New Testament.
As an unincorporated area, Bethesda has no official boundaries. The United States Census Bureau defines a Census-Designated Place named Bethesda whose center is located at 38°59' North, 77°7' West. The United States Geological Survey has defined Bethesda as an area whose center is at 38°58'50" North, 77°6'2" West, slightly different from the Census Bureau's definition. Other definitions are used by the Bethesda Urban Planning District, the United States Postal Service, and other organizations. As of 2000, the Census-defined community had a total population of 55,277.
Web Sites and Links
Bethesda - Chevy Chase Chamber of CommerceBusiness directory, events calendar, and local information.
Bethesda MapShows downtown with hotels, subway stops, and government property.
Bethesda Urban PartnershipShopping, dining, transit, maps, events, and history of Bethesda.
Bethesda.comCommunity and travel guide with local email service.
DowntownBethesda.comInteractive map and searchable directory of Downtown Bethesda businesses and points of interest.