Bellevue is the Eastside’s largest city and the fifth largest in the state. Thirty percent of its residents were born outside of the U.S. and 40 percent are part of a racial or ethnic minority. Income levels are well above King County and Puget Sound regional averages. Bellevue offers a high quality of life, strong sense of community, robust neighborhoods, growing diversity, and a commitment to building a healthy future economy.
Bellevue incorporates 31 square miles between Lake Sammamish and Lake Washington. The city has miles of trails and acres of open spaces and wetlands. Nearly 100 parks offer activities ranging from a working farm and play areas, to waterfalls and wildlife habitat.
Downtown, the economic heart of the Eastside, is a vibrant collage of high rises, parks, museums and destination shopping that includes The Bellevue Collection as well as Pacific Northwest’s only Neiman Marcus store.
Bellevue’s distinctive, people friendly downtown is also the focal point of a thriving arts community. The Theatre at Meydenbauer Center features performances by Ballet Bellevue, Bellevue Chamber Chorus and Bellevue Civic Theatre. The Tateuchi Center, a wonderful new downtown performing arts center is scheduled to break ground in 2017. The Bellevue Arts Museum offers enriching exhibits, lectures, and workshops. The Bellevue Jazz Festival each spring is among the region’s premier celebrations of national and regional musical talent. Each July, the Bellevue Arts Festival Weekend is one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious art festivals. Another summer attraction, Bellevue Farmers Market, is open Thursdays and Saturdays at two locations.
Approximately 11,000 people call Downtown Bellevue home. The median age is 34, a reflection of the young professionals who are populating the neighborhood. Over the next decade, most of Bellevue’s residential and job growth will occur downtown and in the city’s Bel-Red Corridor. With more than 133,000 jobs, Bellevue has more jobs than residents. Its diverse economy includes a strong employment base in growing industries such as information technology. Bellevue also benefits from a highly skilled and educated workforce,
Education is a priority here and it shows. in 2015, US News & World Report ranked Bellevue International School the Best High School in Washington State.
Bellevue’s diverse housing choices suit any lifestyle-from stunning waterfront estates to suburban ramblers to downtown condominiums. The hills southeast of downtown offer a multitude of single and multi family housing options, along with important commercial centers that include Factoria Square Mall and Newport Hills Shopping Center.
Apartment complexes and smaller, more modest homes dominate the Lake Hills and Crossroads neighborhoods. Crossroads Shopping Center is the people packed heart of this area featuring a seasonal farmers market, ethnic and folk music, cultural events and foods from around the world.
This city’s wonderful combination of outdoor recreation, cultural amenities, diversity and nation leading schools led livability.com to name Bellevue #14 on the 2015 “Top 100 Best Places to Live” rankings.