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Bethesda is an unincorporated area in southern Montgomery County, Maryland,
just Northwest of Washington, D.C.
It takes its name from a local church, the Bethesda Presbyterian Church, built in 1820 and
rebuilt in 1850, which in turn took its name from Jerusalem's Pool of Bethesda.
(In Aramaic, beth hesda means "house of mercy".)
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.
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.
Most of Bethesda's residents are in Maryland Legislative District 16.
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