Bethesda is a census-designated place in southern Montgomery County, Maryland, just northwest of the United States capital of Washington, D.C. Bethesda has a population of 61,000 according to the 1010 census. It takes its name from a local church, the Bethesda Meeting House (1810, rebuilt 1849), which in turn took its name from Jerusalem's Pool of Bethesda. Most early settlers in Maryland were tenant farmers who paid their rent in tobacco. A number of ambassador residences are in Bethesda, including Bangladesh, Cape Verde, Guyana, Honduras, Lesotho, Morocco, Nicaragua, Uruguay, and Zimbabwe. Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRIT) has developed much of the west side of downtown Bethesda into an area called Bethesda Row. The vibrant district includes Barnes & Noble, an Apple Store, a cinema, and dozens of shops and restaurants.