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Bethesda (/bəˈθɛzdə/) is an unincorporated, census-designated place in southern Montgomery County, Maryland, United States. It is 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. 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.
|Coordinates: 38°59′5″N 77°6′47″W|
|• Total||13.33 sq mi (34.52 km2)|
|• Land||13.26 sq mi (34.35 km2)|
|• Water||0.07 sq mi (0.17 km2)|
|Elevation||318 ft (97 m)|
|• Density||5,131.65/sq mi (1,981.30/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|Area codes||301, 240|
|GNIS feature ID||0583184|
As an unincorporated community, Bethesda has no official boundaries. According to the 2020 U.S. census, the community had a total population of 68,056.