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Bethesda Left Off Most Exciting Suburbs List

By Aaron Kraut

Tuesday - 2/4/2014, 11:30am  ET

Bethesda Row, Flickr pool photo by AmyMarieMooreBethesda may be the “Most Secure Place in the U.S.,” “Best City For Finding Employment Right Now,” and have the “Best 2013 Housing Market,” but one thing it is not is “exciting,” at least according to the real estate blog Movoto.

The website did another one of its rankings, this time in search of the “Most Exciting Suburbs In America,” and Bethesda isn’t even close, not even garnering mention in the top 50.

Movoto came up with a formula that includes counting the number of bars, clubs, comedy stops, live music venues and outdoor activity spaces. Places, all determined by Census designations, got more credit for more young people and less credit for fast food restaurants.

The top-tier results weren’t so surprising. Well-established college towns such as Cambridge, Mass. (No. 1), Berkley, Calif. (No. 3) and Evanston, Ill. (No. 10) dotted the top-10, as well as beach areas such as Miami Beach (No. 4), Santa Monica, Calif. (No. 5) and Jacksonville Beach, Fla. (No. 7).

At No. 11 is Towson, Md., presumably thanks to a boost from the party-friendly population of Towson University.

But while Bethesda is nowhere to be found, Montgomery County wasn’t completely shut out. Silver Spring came in as the No. 13 “most exciting suburb,” something that a few of our friends east of 16th Street not-so- subtly pointed out:

Flickr pool photo by AmyMarieMoore