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About Bellevue

Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington, with a population of more than 140,000 (as of 2017). It is the high-tech and retail center of King County's Eastside, with more than 150,000 jobs and a skyline of gleaming high-rises. While business booms downtown, much of Bellevue retains a small-town feel, with thriving, woodsy neighborhoods and a vast network of green spaces, miles and miles of nature trails, public parks and swim beaches. The city's public schools are consistently rated among the best in the country.

Bellevue spans more than 31 square miles between Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish, and is a short drive from the Cascade Mountains to the east and Seattle, just 10 miles to the west.

Bellevue's population is growing and becoming more culturally diverse. According to the 2015 census, more than 50% of its population is a minority race or ethnicity and 42 percent speak a language other than English at home. 

With its reputation for good schools, Bellevue continues to attract families with children. The under-18 population has kept pace with overall population growth and comprised just over one fifth of Bellevue's population.

Bellevue residents are some of the most highly educated in the state, with over 66 percent having a bachelor's degree or higher as of 2015.  The City of Bellevue's website provides additional statistics and information about the city.

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: 140,000 - the 5th largest city in the State of Washington.
  • Bellevue's downtown includes nearly 50,000 employees and over 12,000 residents.
  • The population is quite diverse with 49% White, 34% Asian, 2% Black or African American and 9% Hispanic or Latino. 
  • With beautiful parks, top schools and a vibrant economy, Bellevue is routinely ranked among the best mid-sized cities in the country ( and 24/7 Wall Street).
  • 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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