Naval Support Activity Bethesda Home of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Cost of Living

Cost of living is the amount of money an individual needs to maintain their standard of living. Cost of living includes basic expenses such as housing, food, transportation, clothing, taxes, entertainment, equipment, and education costs.

Bethesda and the surrounding National Capital Region area have a higher than the national average cost of living at 40%.

Tips on dealing with the costs encountered while living here are available through the Personal Financial Management program available at Military and Family Support Center.

Plan to be financially prepared prior to coming to the area. With proper planning and before you leave your losing command, it is a good idea to make an appointment with a financial counselor to assist in developing spending plans and to prepare a budget for your move. 

Remember to fill out a travel voucher, keep records and receipts of all expenses incurred from the move.