🇺🇸 Bethesda is an unincorporated, place in southern Montgomery County, Maryland, United States, located just north-west of Washington, D.C. It takes its name from a local church, the Bethesda Meeting House, which in turn took its name from Jerusalem's Pool of Bethesda. The National Institutes of Health main campus and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center are in Bethesda, in addition to a number of corporate and government headquarters.
The main commercial corridor that passes through Bethesda is Maryland Route 355 (known as Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda and as Rockville Pike and Hungerford Drive in more northern communities), which, to the north, connects Bethesda with the communities of North Bethesda and Rockville, ending, after several name changes, in Frederick. Toward the South, Rockville Pike becomes Wisconsin Avenue near the NIH Campus and continues beyond Bethesda through Chevy Chase, Friendship Heights and into Washington, D.C., ending in Georgetown.
The area commonly known as "Downtown Bethesda" is centred at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue, Old Georgetown Road and East-West Highway. This intersection is approximately two and one-half miles from Washington, DC's western boundary, making Bethesda a close-in suburb of Washington. Other focal points of downtown Bethesda include the Woodmont Triangle, bordered by Old Georgetown Road (Maryland Route 187), Woodmont and Rugby Avenues, and the Bethesda Row, centered at the intersection of Woodmont Avenue and Bethesda Avenue. Much of the dense construction in that area followed the opening of the Bethesda station on the Red Line of the Washington Metro rapid transit system, also located at this intersection and the centrepiece of the Bethesda Metro Center development. The Medical Center Metro stop lies approximately 0.7 miles north of the Bethesda stop, Medical Center, which serves the NIH Campus, the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
Economy Notable companies based in Bethesda include: AdvisorShares • AREVA (U.S. headquarters) • ASCII Group • Calvert Investments • Cambridge Information Group • Clark Construction • Coventry Health Care • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation • Digital Management • Enviva • Fox Television Stations ◦ WTTG and WDCA • HMSHost • Host Hotels & Resorts • International Neuroethics Society • JBG Smith • Lockheed Martin • Marriott International • NBC Sports Washington • Ritz Carlton • RLJ Companies • United States Enrichment Corporation • Youth For Understanding USA • Wellness Corporate Solutions.
Bethesda has a population of over 62,448 people. Bethesda also forms one of the centres of the wider Montgomery, MD County which has a population of over 1,062,061 people.
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