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Bethesda, Maryland - Home Of Major Medical Facilities and American History

Updated on September 5, 2015

National Institutes of Health

This is the major employer in Bethesda.
This is the major employer in Bethesda. | Source

Interesting Washington DC Beltway Communities

Bethesda is a VIP (Very Important Place) in America, but it is not a city. Called a CDA or Census Designated Area, is is an unincorporated community on which the US Federal Government tracks statistics, including the US Census.It is located to the northwest of Washington DC and inside the I-495 Beltway.

The Chamber of Commerce attached to this place is the Bethesda- Chevy Chase branch and Chevy Chase is one of the richest communities in the USA.

The community of Bethesda's names originates in he name of a church - Bethesda Presbyterian Church or Bethesda Meeting House. The church was opened in 1820 and reconstructed in 1850. It was named for Jerusalem's Pool of Bethesda. In Aramaic, "beth hesda" means house of mercy.

Bethesda: Population Projected at 65,000+ in 2018

Bethesda MD:
Bethesda, MD, USA

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The State of Maryland is home to the highest concentration of US government research and development operations in America, including health and medical divisions, with many of them in the Bethesda area. Biotechnology and Nanotechnology are growing here and contributing to the international economy.

Bethesda is the Best

  • Bethesda was named Number One on the list of Best Places to Telecommute, and accumulated these additional accolades:
  • Most Secure Large City in the USA
  • Number Two Healthiest City in America in the Centrum® Healthiest Cities Study
  • Number Four for airport connection ease
  • Number Seven City on the Edge of Greatness

Downtown Bethesda Development

The Bethesda Urban Development Partnership ensures that the downtown district of the area continues to grow and to provide educational, work, and recreational opportunities for residents.Military Discounts are offered by many establishments.

The fact is that the Downtown Bethesda project has developed an upscale lifestyles district full of restaurants, entertainment venues, arts and culture offerings, improved transportation, and nearby residences. As in many such developments across the country, this district offers a regular farmers market, free Wi-Fi service, and a convenient parking garage alongside street parking.

Bethesda Metro operates a station right in the center of Downtown, accompanied by the county bus line and the local free Bethesda Circulator, all at 7700 Georgetown Road. Car Sharing is available at the Metro Station on Wisconsin Avenue and if you drive there, parking is free.An additional rail line is in the works.

The Bethesda Regional Library is located at 7400 Arlington Road.

This are supports a hiking trail called The Capital Crescent Trail, which is enjoyed by bikers, hikers, joggers, and roller blade users from Georgetown to Silver Spring MD suitable. A hard paved surface is in place on this rail-trail from Georgetown to Bethesda. In 2015, work is ongoing to pave the remainder of the trail into Downtown Silver Spring.

The Bethesda free Circulator Bus travels throughout the Downtown District at no charge to passengers, running every 10 minutes from Monday though Saturday. Hours even include early morning and late night, making this service very convenient. Vacationers will enjoy that cost saving as well as the travel among museums, historic homes, monuments, restaurants, and retail places.

Bethesda Metro Station on Wisconsin Avenue


The Arts and Celebrations in Bethesda

Unique! - Tunnel Vision in Bethesda reminds me of the fine arts hung in the subways of Moscow, Russia. The Metro Tunnel under Wisconsin Avenue becomes an art gallery during this event. Bethesda supports dozens of arts, music, and dance studios -- The Metro Art in Transit Program decorates many venues. Public art is on view along many Bethesda streets. The Arts and Entertainment District is a sector within the Downtown Project., running several blocks in all directions form the Metro Station. Wisconsin Avenue runs roughly north and south through the center of the district.

March - Bethesda Film Fest: documentaries presented by nationally known and local filmmakers.

March - The Bernard and Ebb Songwriting Awards

April - The Bethesda Literary Festival brings in local and national authors, poets, and reporters for presentations and holds poetry and writing contests. Held over a weekend, the festival highlights over 20 events.

May - Bethesda Fine Arts Festival

June - Painting Awards Exhibit

September - The Trawick Prize and Contemporary Art Awards Exhibit

Military Interest and History

Uniformed Services University of the Health Science:
Uniformed Services University of the Health Science, 4301 Jones Bridge Road, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA

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Walter Reed Army Medical Center (1909 - 2011):
Walter Reed, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA

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National Naval Medical Center:
National Naval Medical Center, 8901 Wisconsin Ave Bethesda MD 20889, USA

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Bethesda Hospital MD:
Suburban Hospital Inc, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda MD 20814, USA

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Uniformed Services University of the Health Science

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USUHS White Coat Ceremony. Medical students receive their white coats and take the Hippocratic Oath: "First, do no harm..."Walter Reed Complex before closure.
USUHS White Coat Ceremony. Medical students receive their white coats and take the Hippocratic Oath: "First, do no harm..."
USUHS White Coat Ceremony. Medical students receive their white coats and take the Hippocratic Oath: "First, do no harm..." | Source
Walter Reed Complex before closure.
Walter Reed Complex before closure. | Source

Dental Implants Developed in Bethesda

Of Interest to Travelers

Regional Library:
7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA

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7535 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA

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Right beside the metro station, this high rise offers over 100 apartments, with retail footage on the first floor.

Mass Transit in Bethesda MD:
7700 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA

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Bethesda - Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce:
7910 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA

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National Institutes of Health:
National Institutes of Health, 30 Convent Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA

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Capital Crescent Trail, Bethesda:
Capital Crescent Trail, Bethesda, MD, USA

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Downtown Apartments In the Works

Over 240 apartments are under construction in a building o Norfolk Avenue, with over 80 condominiums going on on Woodmont. An additional condominium complex includes three buildings with almost 400 multifamily units and a large grocery store. The newest large apartment complex in Downtown Bethesda is the upscale Solaire Bethesda at 7100 Wisconsin Avenue, due to open in early 2016. Several other buildings are under way as well.

Top 10 Local Employers With the Largest Work Pools

  1. The National Institutes of Health
  2. Walter Reed Hospital complex
  3. Marriott Hotels, etc.
  4. Lockheed Martin - Part of the NASA Commercial Crew
  5. Johns Hopkins Suburban Hospital
  6. Henry M. Johnson Foundation
  7. Clark Construction Group
  8. Howard Hughes Medical Center
  9. Coventry Healthcare
  10. Comcast Sportsnet

Additional Large Employers

  1. University of Maryland
  2. Goddard Space Flight Center
  3. NASA - National Aeronautical and Space Administration
  4. Bethesda's US Naval Medical Center and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences
  5. Chevy Chase Trust

Bethesda/Navy Med Hospital Nurses

High Demand Jobs in Bethesda

During September 2015, over 100,000 open jobs required new workers on any day in Bethesda. The job ads appearing most often are:

  1. CDL Truck Drivers
  2. Travel Nurses (RN, LPN, other)
  3. Business Development Professionals
  4. - Nannies, housekeepers, babysitters, etc.
  5. Business Analysts
  6. IT Project and Program Managers
  7. Managers, Assistant Managers, and Shift Supervisors - Retail and Food Services
  8. Retail Sales People - PetSmart, Home Depot, Macy's, Target
  9. Harris Teeter Grocery Stores
  10. Food Service Workers and Baristas

World Class Higher Education in the Bethesda Metro Area

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      3 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Hey Gus!

      I appreciate your visiting and adding your experience - I never knew about those alligators! What a unique place! You certainly have interesting experiences and things to share.

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      Gustave Kilthau 

      3 years ago from USA

      Howdy Patty - Good article. I spent a year at the Navy Medical School Radioisotope Course (National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda) Only military base I was ever on that was surrounded by a golf course. Right across the street from NIH (where, later, my boss and I visited to get clued in on how to perform total body water testing. The lab we visited at NIH used alligators as their test subjects - their lab floor was covered with glass "alligator cases." Kinda different, that one. Keep up the good writing, Patty!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      3 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      I think a lot of us say, "Oh yeah, Bethesda" but don't know a lot about the city. Once, we visit, we see how much there is to enjoy and respect about the place. 9/11 is a good time to think about it, too. Thanks for commenting!

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      3 years ago from the short journey

      What a neat hub. With some history and useful work info, you've given an interestingly fact filled look at at a place we have heard of but didn't know a lot about.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      3 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      @BlossomSB - How interesting to hear abut another Bethesda! Australia is a fascinating country.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      How interesting! I really enjoyed this, and had no idea it existed. We have a Bethesda in Melbourne, and it's a hospital that has a very good reputation. I think it was originally started by the Salvation Army.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      3 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      @mckbirdbks - Thanks very much for sharing this on Facebook! I hope those young professionals find it useful; it's often difficult to find a job all on one's own, without some information.

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      3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Patty. This looks like a great area for young professionals. I shared this on Facebook. There are many young professionals in the group. As always you have gathered, compiled and presented great information.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      3 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      How about that!? Glad you are safe.

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      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Since you ask, Patty - Last week, every citizen only exhaled ... and blew the pending hurricane away!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      3 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      @drbj - There is a lot going on in Bethesda! How are things in Florida?

    • drbj profile image

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Wow, you really covered the bases with this one, Patty. Thank you for sharing so many interesting facts about Bethesda. I am familiar with many of the art festivals but the Songwriting Awards celebration is new to me.


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