City of Bellevue

Bellevue is a city in the Eastside region of King County, Washington, United States, across Lake Washington from Seattle. As Seattle's largest suburb, Bellevue has variously been characterized as an edge city, a boomburb, or satellite city. The city has a population of 136,426, according to the 2014 census population estimate.

Prior to 2008, downtown Bellevue underwent rapid change, with many high rise projects under construction, and was relatively unaffected by the economic downturn. It is currently the second largest city center in Washington State with over 35,000 employees and 5,000 residents.  Based on per capita income, Bellevue is the 6th wealthiest of 522 communities in the state of Washington. In 2008, Bellevue was named number 1 in CNNMoney's list of the best places to live and launch a business.

Bellevue Quick-facts:

  • The city's name Bellevue is derived from a French term for "beautiful view."
  • Founded in 1869 by William Meydenbauer and officially incorporated March 21, 1953.
  • Population: 136,426 - the 5th largest city in the State of Washington.
  • Bellevue's downtown includes 42,525 employees and over 10,000 residents.
  • The population is quite diverse with 73% White, 27% Asian, 3% Black or African American and 6% Hispanic or Latino.
  • 33% of residents are foreign born and over 56 languages are spoken in Bellevue's nationally recognized public schools.
  • In 2014, Bellevue was ranked as the 2nd best place to live by USA Today.
  • Home to many corporate headquarters and major corporate offices including Eddie Bauer, Symetra, Microsoft, T-Mobile, Verizon, Bungie Games,, Expedia, Coinstar, Paccar.



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