According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Bethesda has an overall cost of living index of 195 which is 1.9x higher than the national index of 100.
Compared to only Maryland, Bethesda has a cost of living index that's 1.6x higher than Maryland's index of 121.
The standard of living in Bethesda ranks as #6,294 most affordable out of the 6,522 places we measured in Maryland. By definition, that implies Bethesda ranks as the #113 most expensive place in the Old Line State.
|Living Expense||Bethesda||Maryland||National Average|
Housing swings affordability the most between places in Maryland, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.
Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.
|City||Population||Cost Of Living||Vs. Bethesda|
|North Laurel, MD||24,873||128||0.7x|
|North Potomac, MD||23,914||169||0.9x|
|Kemp Mill, MD||14,733||140||0.7x|
|Chevy Chase, MD||9,622||202||1.0x|
|South Kensington, MD||8,763||179||0.9x|
|Four Corners, MD||8,246||147||0.8x|