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The name Bellevue is derived from a French term for “beautiful view”. On warm sunny days scenic vistas of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains can be viewed from hilltops and high rises within the incorporated city. Bellevue lies between the deepest fresh water lake on the west coast, Lake Washington to its west and the smaller Lake Sammamish to its east. It includes many nearby family friendly neighborhoods like Eastgate, Coal Creek, Factoria, Overlake, Newport and is neighbor to the wealthy suburban towns of Medina, Clyde Hill, Hunts Point and Yarrow Point.
Long known as a suburb of Seattle, Bellevue is now known as an edge city or a boomburb and is the leading city of the Eastside community of cities. Although it is only the fifth largest city in Washington in terms of population, it has the second largest downtown in the state and the third largest downtown in the entire northwestern part of the U.S.
Founded in 1869 by William Meydenbauer as a popular location for the summer homes of residents of nearby Seattle, Bellevue was officially incorporated in 1953. Towering evergreens between the lakes gradually gave way to agriculture and Bellevue became best known for its strawberries and blueberries. The community did not change much until the first floating bridge crossed Lake Washington in 1940 and after the 1963 opening of a second bridge across the lake, the city began to grow more rapidly.
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In the past two decades the city has transformed itself from a bedroom community to major regional business and retail center with skyscraper status and a prestigious central core. It boasts a diversified mix of industries and is home some of the largest and fastest growing companies in Washington State. The Port of Seattle, the second largest container port in the United States, is less than 20 minutes away and the city is less than one-half hour from Sea-Tac International Airport.
Bellevue is often referred to as the “City in the Park” because of the park-like landscaping throughout the community and because it has nearly 100 parks and designated green spaces containing over 1,800 acres. The city’s parks department is recognized internationally. It has been a National Tree City USA designee for 15 years. Ten of the city parks are on the water and it has nearly 40 miles of trails for walking, jogging, or biking.
Bellevue School District 405 schools are among the finest in the nation. All four of the public high schools as well as the 6-12 International School are ranked by Newsweek in the top 1% of the nation’s schools because of their excellent academics and Advanced Placement test taking. The district serves an approximate student population of 16,258 in pre-k through twelfth grade. With 1,021 full-time classroom teachers, the district’s overall student/teacher ratio is 15.9/1 and they allocate approximately $3,944 per pupil for instructional expenses. The classroom teachers average 9.9 years of experience and 58.8% have a masters degree or higher. Bellevue School District is also one of the most diverse school districts in the state; there are over 66 languages spoken in the district. Bellevue and Bellevue Community College, City University and proximity to the world class University of Washington are the foundation of the higher education opportunity in the community.
According to the IRS, Bellevue is among the wealthiest communities in Washington and it is also the hub of the Eastside. It boasts its own symphony orchestra, Opera Company and several museums. Its convention center attracts over a quarter of a million people each year. The annual summer Pacific Northwest Arts and Crafts Festival attracts participants and visitors from many other states and Canada. Many fine restaurants and clubs offer numerous choices for entertainment and recreation. Many local churches offer the opportunity for a vibrant spiritual life and community volunteer options are available. Bellevue Square with its over 200 Stores and more than 1.2 million square feet of retail, restaurants and office space, attracts over 16 million visitors annually and helps to make shopping one of the city’s most popular activities. Overlake Hospital is the core of the medical district on the eastern edge of downtown and has grown into one of the largest and highest rated medical complexes in the northwestern U.S.
Bellevue was ranked as the 5th Best Place to Live in the NW Metroplex by Seattle magazine for 2006. Residents enjoy their natural environment year-round and within a short distance is sailing, snowboarding, wind surfing, and more. Bellevue is a community of active citizen involvement. Citizens help make the city a good home by participating in homeowners associations and choosing neighborhood improvement projects worthy of government funding.