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Bellevue, Washington
City of Bellevue, Washington Coordinates: 47°35′51″N 122°9′33″W / 47.5975°N 122.15917°W / 47.5975; -122.15917Coordinates: 47°35′51″N 122°9′33″W / 47.5975°N 122.15917°W / 47.5975; -122.15917 Country State County Government - Mayor Area - City - Land - Water Elevation
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United States Washington King Grant Degginger 33.9 sq mi (87.8 km2) 30.7 sq mi (79.6 km2) 3.2 sq mi (8.2 km2) 85 ft (26 m)

Population (July 1, 2007)[1] [2] - City 121,347 3,947.1/sq mi (1,524/km2) - Density 3,263,497 - Metro Time zone - Summer (DST) Area code(s) FIPS code GNIS feature ID

Pacific (UTC−8) Pacific (UTC−7) 425 53-05210[3] 1512000[4]


Location of Bellevue within King County, Washington, and King County within Washington.

Bellevue (pronounced /ˈbɛlvjuː/; us dict: bĕl′vyo͞o) is a rapidly growing city in King County, Washington, United States, across Lake Washington from Seattle. Long known as a suburb or satellite city of Seattle,[5] it is now categorized as an edge city or a boomburb.[6] The population was 109,569 at the 2000 census, but by 2007 had grown to an estimated 121,347.[1] Bellevue residents are known as Bellevueites. Downtown Bellevue is undergoing rapid change. It is currently the second largest city center in Washington state with over 35,000 employees and 5,000 residents.[7] Based on per capita income, Bellevue is the 15th wealthiest of 522 communities in the state of Washington.[8] Bellevue was recently named number 1 in CNNMoney’s list of the best places to live and launch businesses.[9]

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impeding earlier efforts in redeveloping the downtown core; viewed as an economic development opportunity by many in the business and building development community, the process has focused on infrastructure and the encouragement of private construction in a large-scale urban renewal effort.

History and growth
See also: List of tallest buildings in Bellevue, Washington Bellevue was founded in 1869 by William Meydenbauer and was officially incorporated on March 21, 1953. Prior to the opening of the Lake Washington Floating Bridge in 1940, Bellevue was a rural area with little development. Once the bridge opened, access from Seattle improved, and the area gradually grew into a bedroom community.[10]

Bellevue is French for "Beautiful View" [10].

Bellevue is located at 47°35′51″N 122°09′33″W / 47.597554°N 122.159245°W / 47.597554; -122.159245 (47.597554, [12] -122.159245). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 33.9 square miles (87.8 km2), of which, 30.8 square miles (79.6 km2) of it is land and 3.2 square miles (8.2 km2) of it (9.29%) is water. The city’s name is derived from a French term for "beautiful view". Under favorable weather conditions, scenic vistas of the Olympic Mountains and Cascade Mountains can be viewed from hilltops (and strategically-positioned high-rise buildings) within the incorporated city. The city lies between Lake Washington to the west and the smaller Lake Sammamish to the east. Much of Bellevue is drained by the Kelsey Creek watershed, whose source is located in the Larsen and Phantom Lake green belt and whose outlet is near where Interstate 90 meets Lake Washington’s eastern shore. The city is bisected by Interstate 405 running north-south, and the southern portion is crossed from west to east by Interstate 90. The State Route 520 freeway roughly delineates the upper reaches of Bellevue. South of I-90 the city surrounds an unincorporated part of King County called Eastgate. South of Eastgate, the city continues up Cougar Mountain. On top of Cougar Mountain, there is another unincorporated of King County island called Hilltop. To the west of Cougar Mountain, Bellevue includes the Coal Creek and Factoria neighborhoods. Bellevue is bordered by the cities of Kirkland to the north and Redmond to the northeast along the Overlake and Crossroads neighborhoods. Across the short East Channel Bridge, I-90 connects Bellevue to Mercer

Bellevue seen from Meydenbauer Bay in 1902 Following the 1963 opening of a second bridge across the lake, the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge, the city began to grow more rapidly. It has since become one of the largest cities in the state, with several highrise structures in its core and a burgeoning business community.[10] Reflective of Bellevue’s growth over the years is Bellevue Square, now one of the largest shopping centers in the region. Opened in 1946,[10] Bellevue Square underwent a significant expansion in the 1980s. More recently, an expansion to Bellevue Square along Bellevue Way called "The Lodge" and the new One Lincoln Tower promise to strengthen downtown Bellevue’s role as the largest Seattle Eastside shopping and dining destination. The city’s long-term plans include the BelRed Corridor Project, a large-scale planning effort to encourage the redevelopment of a large northern section of the city bordering the adjacent town of Redmond.[11] Patterned after what many civic leaders consider the successful redevelopment of the downtown core, early plans include "superblock" mixed use projects similar to Lincoln Square. Premised on the eventual approval of the extension of light-rail to the Eastside, the city hopes to mitigate transportation problems


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Island to the southwest. Issaquah is to the east, down I-90 at the south end of Lake Sammamish. The city is also bordered to the west by the suburbs of Medina, Clyde Hill, Hunts Point and Yarrow Point. The south end of Bellevue is bordered by the city of Renton, and to the southeast, the relatively recently incorporated city of Newcastle.

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Port of Seattle had to postpone its acquisition of the corridor because of instability in the bond market.

Government and politics

Surrounding Cities Transportation
Bellevue is the main Eastside hub for both the local transit authority, King County Metro, and Sound Transit, the regional transit system. The Bellevue Transit Center, which serves both Metro and Sound buses, is located in the heart of the downtown business district and is connected to Interstate 405 by NE 6th St. and a direct-access Texas T HOV ramp. Local buses run into Kirkland, Redmond, Issaquah, Renton, and the University District[13]; regional buses go to Bothell, Lynnwood, Everett, Seattle, Renton, Kent, Auburn and Federal Way, among other cities.[14] The East Link light rail line is planned to run from Seattle through Mercer Island and Bellevue before ending in Redmond. A measure including this and other regional road and transit projects went before voters on November 4, 2008 and was approved. However, the financial uncertainty of the area’s other numerous transportation projects reflect the political fragmentation of the Puget Sound area. What is becoming apparent are the increasing costs associated with the central Puget Sound’s regional transportation infrastructure.[15] The City of Bellevue has undertaken an extensive "Bel-Red Area Transformation" process which seeks to plan some 900 acres (3.6 km2) in the northern portion of the city[16], all of which is premised on the extension of light rail to the Eastside under Sound Transit 2.[17] The top-down and highly integrated land use and transportation planning is similar to earlier planning for the Downtown. Bellevue is also served by a railroad, a Burlington Northern branch line known as the Woodinville Subdivision, which includes the historic Wilburton Trestle. This local freight line is the subject of a possible plan to "rail bank" the corridor for future use and build a multi-use trail. As of March, 2009, the

Bellevue City Hall Bellevue has a Council-Manager form of government with seven, non-partisan council members elected at large for staggered fouryear terms.[18] The City Council selects a Mayor from among its members, who serves as council chair but has no veto power. As of 2006, the mayor is Grant Degginger and the city’s manager is Steve Sarkozy. The position of Mayor is largely ceremonial in Bellevue as the City Manager runs the City’s day-to-day operations. The mayor runs council meetings, helps choose the issues that get on the council’s meeting agendas, and serves as the city’s most visible spokesperson. The position of Mayor is part-time. In practice, operational authority is held by the City Manager, the position that supervises an employee/consultant form of municipal authority. Indeed, more consideration is given the selection of City Manager than many candidates for City Council, the position of Mayor elected not by popular vote but by the seven members of Council. In the 2004 U.S. presidential election, Bellevue residents cast 57.10% of their votes for Democrat John Kerry.[19]

Bellevue is home to Bellevue College (BC) and City University. The city hosts the Bellevue School District. There are four main public high schools - Bellevue High School, Interlake High


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School, Newport High School, and Sammamish High School, as well as two alternative high schools, International School and Robinswood High School. At the elementary level, Bellevue is home to the Eastside’s only Waldorf Education, at Three Cedars School, and to several Montessori schools.

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networking service which allows anyone to create a family or group website (e.g., a class reunion site, a club site) within a matter of minutes. InfoSpace - A growing Internet privatelabel search engine and online directory that survived the bust of the 1990s. It’s reemerging in the mid 2000’s with a mobile entertainment offering. Microsoft - Leases the top 15 floors of the 28 story Lincoln Square office tower, across the street from Bellevue Square. The North American Sales Group is Headquartered in the building and shares it with Eddie Bauer’s world Headquarters. (Microsoft Pacific Northwest District already occupies space in Bellevue at Civica Office Commons.)[21] Microsoft is Bellevue’s largest employer with 7,500 employees.[20] Motricity - Value Added Services (VAS) provider (mobile content and services) MulvannyG2 Architecture - The headquarters for the international architectural firm working with both commercial and mixed use projects. Orahealth Corporation – A pharmaceutical manufacturer specializing in oral health care products Paccar Inc – A multinational technology company that manufactures heavy duty Class 8 trucks (Semis) sold around the world under the Kenworth, Peterbilt, DAF and Leyland nameplates. QFC - Quality Food Centers, headquartered in Bellevue, is a Washington and Oregon chain of upscale grocery stores. (A wholly-owned subsidiary of Kroger). ShareBuilder - An online broker allowing investors to automatically and regularly invest in stocks and ETFs, even in small amounts. Symetra - Life insurance company. T-Mobile – Headquarters for their US operations are located in Factoria, a neighborhood of Bellevue. They operate an all-digital, national wireless phone network, and a Wi-Fi network. T-Mobile is Bellevue’s 2nd largest employer with over 3,200 employees.[20] Uievolution - A mobile software company (formerly was a subsidiary of SquareEnix). Value Village - A second-hand clothing chain. (Also known as Savers).


With its immediate proximity to Redmond, home of Microsoft, and direct highway access to Seattle via Interstate 90 and State Route 520, Bellevue is now home to the headquarters of many small and large businesses. Many of these are technology companies, most started in the 1990s. The city has numerous thriving commercial districts. There are three major shopping centers in the city other than Bellevue Square: Factoria Mall to the South, Crossroads Mall to the East, and the Overlake Shopping District in the North. Companies headquartered or with major operations in Bellevue include: • 180 Solutions, Inc. - "Permission based" marketing software — aka spyware. • 5th Cell - A video game developer that created Drawn to Life and Lock’s Quest. • ArenaNet - PC game developer famous for Guild Wars; many ArenaNet employees used to work for Blizzard Entertainment. • Boeing - An aircraft manufacturer. Boeing is Bellevue’s third largest employer with over 2,800 employees.[20] • Clark Nuber - A regional accounting firm headquartered in Bellevue. • Coinstar, Inc. - Owner and operator of coin-exchanging kiosks found in supermarkets. • - An online pharmacy and information site for health, beauty, wellness, personal care, and pharmacy products. • Eddie Bauer - Relocated its Headquarters from Redmond, WA to a 28-story office tower at Lincoln Square, which was completed in mid-2007. It shares this tower with Microsoft’s North American Sales Headquarters. • Expedia, Inc. – An online travel company, which will occupy Tower 333 beginning November 2008. • The Generations Network Headquartered in Bellevue, version 2.0 of is a secure social


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• Valve Corporation - A computer software/ games company responsible for the bestselling Half-Life games • WizKids - Non-electronic game developer producing everything from collectible miniatures games to board games.

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For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.6 males. According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $76,641, and the median income for a family was $92,272.[24] Males had a median income of $56,456 versus $37,124 for females. The per capita income for the city was $36,905. About 3.8% of families and 5.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.7% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.

Historical populations Census Pop. %± 150 — 1910 1,213 708.7% 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 1,071 1,177 7,658 12,809 61,102 73,903 86,874 109,569 −11.7% 9.9% 550.6% 67.3% 377.0% 21.0% 17.6% 26.1%

Bellevue was rated one of the 25 safest cities in America[25], based on the per-capita incidence of violent crime. On the same subject, the Bellevue Police Department is strongly supported by the community.[26]

Bellevue is the site of the popular annual Bellevue Arts and Crafts Fair (originally Pacific Northwest Arts and Crafts Fair), held since 1947 at the end of July.

Est. 2007 121,347 10.7% source:[22][23] As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 109,569 people, 45,836 households, and 29,060 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,563.6 people per square mile (1,375.8/km2). There were 48,396 housing units at an average density of 1,574.0/sq mi (607.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 74.33% White, 1.99% African American, 0.32% Native American, 17.39% Asian, 0.23% Pacific Islander, 2.54% from other races, and 3.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.32% of the population. There were 45,836 households out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.0% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.6% were non-families. 28.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.93. In the city the population was spread out with 21.1% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 32.6% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.4 males.

Bellevue Arts Museum The Bellevue Arts Museum first opened in 1975, then moved to Bellevue Square in 1983. In 2001 the museum moved into its own building, designed by Steven Holl. The museum subsequently ran into financial difficulties and was forced to close to the public in 2003. After a lengthy fundraising campaign, a remodel, and a new mission to become a national centre for the fine art of craft and design, the museum re-opened on June 18, 2005 with an exhibition of teapots.[27] The Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art contains one of the largest doll collections in


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the world—more than a thousand dolls—displayed on two floors of a Victorian-style building.[28] Opened in December 2005, Bellevue’s newest museum to date is KidsQuest Children’s Museum. Located in Factoria Mall, a shopping complex in the midst of a major remodel, its primary visitors are mothers and care givers with children from pre-crawlers to 12 years of age. Its 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) space houses play and discovery areas, exhibits, offices, educational activities and classroom space. The biennial Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition draws thousands of visitors to the Downtown Park to view up to 46 three-dimensional artworks from artists around the country. Bellevue holds an annual Strawberry Festival to celebrate its strawberry farming history. [29]

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• Tim Lincecum - (MLB, San Francisco Giants) • Harvey Manning (noted author of hiking guides and climbing textbooks) • Edgar Martínez (Ex-Mariners DH, third baseman) • Craig McCaw (cellular phone industry pioneer) • John Olerud (former MLB baseball player)[30] • Alexey Pajitnov (developed Tetris) • Jeff Probst - (Host of Survivor (TV series)) • Larry Sanger (Wikipedia co-founder, born at a Bellevue hospital) • Detlef Schrempf (former NBA Basketball player) • Jack Sikma (former NBA Basketball player) • Layne Staley (musician, Alice in Chains) • Richard Stearns (President of World Vision) • John W. Stanton (founder/former CEO Western Wireless) • Ichiro Suzuki (baseball player for the Seattle Mariners) • Cuong Vu (Jazz trumpeter, b. 1969) • Ann Wilson, co-founder of Heart[31] • Nancy Wilson, co-founder of Heart[31]

Bellevue was home to the American Basketball Association team, the Bellevue Blackhawks. The Blackhawks in 2005, despite being ranked 13th in the league, made it to the championship game in front of 15,000 fans in Little Rock, Arkansas. The team has been inactive since 2006.

Points of interest
• Bellevue Botanical Garden • Bellevue Arts Museum

Notable Bellevue natives and residents
• Shaun Alexander (Former Seattle Seahawks running back) • Michael Allan (NFL player for the Kansas City Chiefs) • Mark Arm (musician, Mudhoney) • Jay Buhner (former baseball player for the Seattle Mariners) • Joshua Caldwell (filmmaker) • Kristen Cox (blind American politician) • Yasmine Galenorn (urban fantasy author) • Stone Gossard (Musician, Pearl Jam) • Martin Harrison (NFL, American Football Player 1990-1999) • Megan Hilty (Broadway Actress) • Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik (writer and artist of Penny Arcade, webcomic) • Page Hopkins (Fox News Anchor) • Naveen Jain (founder, InfoSpace) • Etty Lau Farrell (vocalist, Perry Farrell’s Satellite Party)

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Sister cities
Bellevue has the following sister cities:[32][33] • • • • Hualien, Taiwan Yao, Japan Kladno, Czech Republic Liepaja, Latvia

See also
• • • • Bellevue Arts Museum Bellevue Community College Bellevue Police Department (Washington) Eastgate CDP, Washington

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[23] "Subcounty population estimates: [29] "Bellevue Strawberry Festival". 2008. Washington 2000-2007" (CSV). United States Census Bureau, Population Index.asp. Retrieved on 2008-06-07. Division. 2009-03-18. [30] Olerud inducted into WIAA Hall of Fame, May 2, 2009, SUB-EST2007-53.csv. Retrieved on 2009-04-27. bel/sports/43180557.html [24] "American FactFinder — Bellevue, [31] ^ Peterson, Matt (September 17, 2002), Washington". United States Census "Spotlight: Sammamish High School", Bureau. The Seattle Times, servlet/ ACSSAFFFacts?_event=Search&geo_id=16000US4872656&_geoContext=01000US%7C04000US48% archive/ Retrieved on 2008-07-18. ?date=20020917&slug=school17e [25] Christie, Les (2006-10-30). [32] "Washington’s Sister Cities, Counties, " States and Ports". Washington State real_estate/Most_dangerous_cities/ Lieutenant Governor’s Office. index.htm". Washington%20Organizations/Sisters/. real_estate/Most_dangerous_cities/ [33] "Online Directory: Washington, USA". index.htm. Retrieved on 2008-07-18. Sister Cities International. [26] City of Bellevue - Police earn high marks in survey directory/usa/WA. [27] Pastier, John (2001-01-08). "Bellevue Art Museum". • Official site output.cfm?file_id=2936. Retrieved on • Bellevue, Washington at the Open 2006-12-07. Directory Project [28] "Rosalie Whyel Doll Museum". 2006. Retrieved on 2006-12-07.

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