🇺🇸 Bellevue is a city in the Eastside region of King County, Washington, United States, located across Lake Washington from Seattle. It is the third-largest city in the Seattle metropolitan area and has variously been characterised as an edge city, a suburb, boomburb, or satellite city. The city's name is derived from the French term belle vue.
Bellevue is home to some of the world's largest technology companies. Prior to 2008, its downtown area underwent rapid change with many high-rise projects being constructed, and was relatively unaffected by the economic downturn. Downtown Bellevue is currently the second-largest city centre in Washington state, with 1,300 businesses, 45,000 employees, and 10,200 residents. In a recent estimate, the city's median household income was among the top five cities in the state of Washington. In 2008, Bellevue was number one in CNNMoney's list of the best places to live and launch a business, and in 2010 was again ranked as the fourth-best place to live in America. In 2014, Bellevue was ranked as the second-best place to live by USA Today.
More than 145 companies have been located in Bellevue; companies currently headquartered there include PACCAR Inc, T-Mobile, and Valve. Technology company Amazon was founded in Bellevue by Jeff Bezos.
Economy Bellevue is an economic hub of the Seattle region's Eastside and home to the headquarters of various sizes, including the U.S. operations for many international firms. Since 2005, the city has become a hub for software engineering and other technology development centers. These include Expedia, PACCAR Inc, T-Mobile US, Eddie Bauer, SAP Concur, and Symetra. Bellevue hosts a number of satellite offices for large technology companies such as eBay, Oracle, Salesforce, Google, and Microsoft; Microsoft was at one point headquartered in Bellevue but has since moved to the neighbouring community of Redmond, Washington. Celebrated video game companies Valve, Bungie, Sucker Punch Productions, and The Pokémon Company are also based here.
In 2019, Amazon and Facebook announced plans to open large engineering centres in Bellevue with plans to add several thousand employees. In 2018, Google also opened a major engineering facility in downtown Bellevue. As of 2020, there are several high-rise office buildings in Downtown Bellevue that are under construction or in active planning and design, including Bellevue 600, part of a major Amazon campus. Several high-rise residential buildings are also planned in downtown, spurred in part by future light rail service, on former retail and low-rise commercial lots.
Largest Employers in Bellevue, 2021 1 Microsoft; 2 T-Mobile; 3 Amazon; 4 Overlake Hospital; 5 Bellevue School District; 6 City of Bellevue; 7 Bellevue College; 8 Concur; 9 Salesforce; 10 Symetra Financial.
The city has numerous thriving commercial districts, with four major shopping centres: Bellevue Square in the downtown area, Factoria Mall to the south, Crossroads Mall to the east, and the Overlake Shopping District in the north.
Bellevue was ranked #1113 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Bellevue has a population of over 148,164 people. Bellevue also forms one of the centres of the wider Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metropolitan area which has a population of over 3,979,845 people.
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Twin Towns - Sister Cities Bellevue has links with:🇱🇻 Liepāja, Latvia 🇹🇼 Hualien, Taiwan 🇹🇼 Hualien City, Taiwan 🇨🇿 Kladno, Czech Republic