Towering over the eastside of the Puget Sound, Bellevue is a prosperous economic and retail center that retains a small-town feel with thriving woodsy neighborhoods and a vast network of green spaces. Renowned for its forested cityscapes, Bellevue’s compact downtown is rife with sustainably built skyscrapers that linger over Lake Washington and when the clouds clear, the views of Mount Rainier are spectacular.
Over the past decade, Bellevue has been consistently ranked as one of the best 100 places to live and it is often recognized as one of the 100 best communities for young people. It is an ethnically diverse city, as 30% of residents are foreign born. The percentage of residents with a bachelor’s degree is 61.8%, which is twice the state average. Additionally, Bellevue has more jobs than it does residents thanks to a recent influx of jobs from such employers as Microsoft, T-Mobile, Expedia, Boeing, Key Bank, Eddie Bauer, and Verizon. In fact, the low unemployment rate of Bellevue, approximately 4.8%, contributes to the low poverty level, which is 53.9% less than the national average. Green building and technology are hot-economic sectors in Bellevue and the city was recognized in 2012 with the Green 15 award for innovative sustainable IT initiatives.
Bellevue is home to a plethora of arts and entertainment, including a philharmonic orchestra, fine arts museum, botanical garden, youth theater, and even an annual jazz festival. There are over 100 parks in Bellevue with a broad range of amenities and features, including indoor pools, lake front beaches, community centers, golf courses, skate plazas, nature trails and indoor tennis courts.
Bellevue high schools are routinely ranked by Newsweek in the top 100 best public high schools in the nation. Despite it being the 5th largest city in the state of Washington, Bellevue has also been rated one of the 25 safest cities in America based on per-capita incident of violent crime. With an influx of educated workers as well as families, the median home value in Bellevue has increased 13.9% in the past year to $783,000. Residents all over the Pacific Northwest continue to invest in Bellevue properties since it is predicted home values will increase 5.2% this year. All in all, it’s a great place to call home.
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