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Encyclopedia > Bellevue, Washington
City of Bellevue, Washington
The Downtown Bellevue skyline is one of the fastest[citation needed] growing on the West Coast
Official seal of City of Bellevue, Washington
Seal
Location of Bellevue within King County, Washington, and King County within Washington.
Location of Bellevue within King County, Washington, and King County within Washington.
U.S. Census Map
Coordinates: 47°35′51″N 122°9′33″W / 47.5975, -122.15917
Country United States
State Washington
County King
Government
 - Mayor Grant Degginger
Area
 - Total 33.9 sq mi (87.8 km²)
 - Land 30.7 sq mi (79.6 km²)
 - Water 3.2 sq mi (8.2 km²)
Elevation 85 ft (26 m)
Population (April 1, 2006)
 - Total 117,000
 - Density 3,807.3/sq mi (1,470/km²)
Time zone Pacific (UTC−8)
 - Summer (DST) Pacific (UTC−7)
Area code(s) 425
FIPS code 53-05210[1]
GNIS feature ID 1512000[2]
Website: http://www.ci.bellevue.wa.us/

Bellevue (pronounced /ˈbɛlvjuː/ "BELL-view") is a rapidly growing city in King County, Washington, U.S., across Lake Washington from Seattle. Long known as a suburb or satellite city of Seattle,[3] it is now categorized as an edge city or a boomburb.[4] In 2003 the Census Bureau estimated the city had a total population of 112,344, making it the fifth largest city in the state and the largest on the Eastside of King County. According to the Washington State Office of Financial Management's April 1, 2006 estimate, the city has a population of 117,000.[5] Image File history File links Bellevue_park_skyline. ... City seal of Bellevue, Washington [1] This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... King County redirects here; you may be looking for King County, Texas. ... For the capital city of the United States, see Washington, D.C.. For other uses, see Washington (disambiguation). ... This list of countries, arranged alphabetically, gives an overview of countries of the world. ... 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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.[6] Lincoln Square, which opened in 2005, and a recently-completed overhaul of the former Qwest building into a new City Hall appear to be the leading edge of a development boom.[7] Over the next few years, the area will see the construction of several additional high-rises and other projects for office, residential, and retail space.


Based on per capita income, Bellevue is the 8th wealthiest of 522 communities in the state of Washington.[citation needed] This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Bellevue is French for "Beautiful View" [8]

Contents

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.[8] The Bellevue Skyline This list of tallest buildings in Bellevue ranks skyscrapers in Bellevue, Washington by height. ... is the 80th day of the year (81st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge (right), looking east toward Mercer Island The Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge is the second longest floating bridge in the world, at 6,620 feet (2,019 meters). ... City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water   - % water 369. ... Commuters waiting for the morning train in Maplewood, New Jersey A bedroom community, dormitory town, or commuter town is a community that is primarily residential in character, with most of its workers commuting to a nearby town or city to earn their livelihood. ...

Bellevue seen from Meydenbauer Bay in 1902
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 high-rise structures in its core and a burgeoning business community.[8] Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 481 pixelsFull resolution (1058 × 636 pixel, file size: 497 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Meydenbauer Bay and Bellevue, Washington in 1902. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 481 pixelsFull resolution (1058 × 636 pixel, file size: 497 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Meydenbauer Bay and Bellevue, Washington in 1902. ... The Evergreen Point Floating Bridge, officially the Governor Albert D. Rosellini Bridge—Evergreen Point, is the longest floating bridge in the world at 7,578 feet (2,310 meters). ...


Reflective of Bellevue's growth over the years is Bellevue Square, now one of the largest shopping centers in the region. Opened in 1946,[8] 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 Bravern, a large mixed-use project currently under construction, will feature a Neiman Marcus (the first in the Pacific Northwest), along with an assortment of upscale stores. To meet Wikipedias quality standards and conform with our NPOV policy, this article or section may require cleanup. ... For the traditional meaning of the word mall, see mall. ... External links Skyscrapers. ... Categories: Stub | Retail companies of the United States ...


Bellevue's size stabilized during a regional downturn in the early 2000s, but growth has since resumed. The first phase of Ashwood Commons, a mostly-residential hi-rise, recently completed construction. A second office tower is under construction at Lincoln Square.


Avalon Meydenbauer, new mixed-use development from AvalonBay Communities is scheduled to open in early 2008, and will consist of luxury apartment residences with a Safeway flagship store on-site. Bellevue Towers, a two-tower eco-luxury condominium project with a block-long urban garden and retail space is also underway. Another development similar to Lincoln Square is also planned, and a "superblock" development called Washington Square will cover nine city blocks and eventually include six 22-story towers. AvalonBay Communities, Inc. ... Bellevue Towers is a high rise luxury condominium project in Bellevue, WA located at the corner of 106th and 4th, which began construction in 2006. ...


Other projects in Bellevue's future include Meydenbauer Place, a new Performing Arts Center, a second City Center office tower (which broke ground in July 2006), three more residential towers, and resumption of work on the previously abandoned Tech Tower site, now called Tower 333 -- Expedia will occupy 16 of its 20 floors. Developers are not expecting to have difficulty finding tenants for these new construction projects. Expedia. ...


The City's long-term plans include the Bel-Red 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. Pattered 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 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 while ignoring the impacts to current area residents and small business owners.


Geography

Bellevue is located at 47°35′51″N, 122°9′33″W (47.597554, -122.159245).[9]


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 United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ...


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 Olympic Mountains The Olympic Mountains are a mountain range on the Olympic Peninsula of western Washington in the United States. ... Mount Adams in Washington state The Cascade Range is a mountainous region famous for its chain of tall volcanos called the High Cascades that run north-south along the west coast of North America from British Columbia to the Shasta Cascade area of northern California. ...


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 greenbelt 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. For other uses, see Lake Washington (disambiguation). ... Lake Sammamish is a lake 13 km (8 mi) east of Seattle in King County, Washington, United States. ... Kelsey Creek is a creek in Bellevue, Washington, on Seattles Eastside. ... Phantom Lake is a small lake inside the city limits of Bellevue, Washington. ... For other uses of the word Greenbelt, see Greenbelt (disambiguation). ... Interstate 90 (abbreviated I-90) is the longest interstate highway in both the United States and world at nearly 3,100 miles (5,000 kilometers). ... Map of Interstate 405 Interstate 405 (abbreviated I-405) in Washington is a 30-mile loop route that bypasses Seattle east of Lake Washington. ... Legend Washington State Routes < Route 519 Route 522 > Washington State Route 520 is a freeway in the state of Washington, U.S.A. It extends 12. ...


South of I-90 the city’s Eastgate neighborhood continues up Cougar Mountain. To the west of Cougar Mountain, Bellevue includes Coal Creek and Factoria. Eastgate is a census-designated place located in King County, Washington. ... // Cougar Mountain Cougar Mountain is a 22 square mile cluster of highlands in the suburbs of Seattle, Washington, southeast of the intersection of Interstate 90 and I-405. ... Coal Creek is a creek in Newcastle, Washington. ... Factoria is a neighborhood in the southern part of Bellevue, Washington and is one of the citys major commercial districts. ...


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 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 extremely wealthy 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. Nickname: The Little City That Could Location of Kirkland within King County, Washington, and King County within Washington. ... Location of Redmond within King County, and King County within Washington. ... Overlake is the name commonly used for a region comprising parts of eastern Bellevue and southern Redmond, Washington, in the vicinity of Microsofts main corporate campus. ... Crossroads, Bellevue, Washington (also known as Crossroads Bellevue) is a neighborhood of Bellevue, Washington, U.S., which takes its name from the 40-acre Crossroads Mall. ... Neighbourhood is also a term in topology. ... The East Channel Bridge is a short bridge carrying Interstate 90 from Mercer Island, Washington, to Bellevue, Washington, over the East Channel of Lake Washington, which separates Mercer Island from the rest of the Eastside. ... Mercer Island is a city located in King County, Washington. ... Issaquah is a city located in King County, Washington. ... Medina is a city located in King County, Washington, on the eastern shore of Lake Washington opposite Seattle. ... Clyde Hill is a city located in the Eastside, an affluent region of King County, Washington and part of the Seattle metropolitan area. ... Hunts Point is a town located in King County, Washington. ... Yarrow Point is a town located in King County, Washington. ... Location of Renton in King County and Washington Coordinates: , Country State County King Government  - Mayor Kathy Keolker Area  - Total 17. ... [[Image: |250px|none|Location of Newcastle in King County and Washington]]Location of Newcastle in King County and Washington County King Government  - Mayor Jean Garber Area  - City 44. ...


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; regional buses go to Bothell, Lynnwood, Everett, Seattle, Renton, Kent, Auburn and Federal Way, among other cities.[citation needed] Articulated bus Metro Transit, or Metro for short, is the public transit authority of King County, Washington, a division of the King County Department of Transportation. ... Sound Transit has been the popular name of Washington states Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority since 1996. ... A Texas T, also called a T-ramp, is a T-shaped highway ramp that combines entrance and exit ramps into a single structure that allows entrance and exit to the left (inside) lanes of an expressway. ...


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 in November of 2007 and was defeated, so it is uncertain when East Link will be built, if at all. The financial uncertainty of the area's 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. The East-Link is a toll bridge in Dublin, Ireland, on the River Liffey. ...


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 controversial plan by King County to remove the rails and replace them with a bicycle trail. In response, a grass roots movement has sprung up to both save the railroad and begin a rail transit service on it as an alternative to the heavily congested I-405 freeway, which runs roughly parallel to it.[citation needed] This is the top-level page of WikiProject trains Rail tracks Rail transport refers to the land transport of passengers and goods along railways or railroads. ... Categories: Rail stubs | Defunct railroad companies of the United States | California railroads | Colorado railroads | Idaho railroads | Illinois railroads | Iowa railroads | Kansas railroads | Kentucky railroads | Minnesota railroads | Missouri railroads | Montana railroads | Nebraska railroads | North Dakota railroads | Oregon railroads | South Dakota railroads | Washington railroads | Wisconsin railroads | Wyoming railroads ... The Woodinville Subdivision is a railroad line that is owned by BNSF Railway and takes its names from one of its original end points in Woodinville. ... Wilburton Trestle Wilburton Trestle is a historic and spectacular wooden railway trestle near downtown Bellevue, Washington. ... For other uses, see Bicycle (disambiguation). ... Grassroots democracy is the political processes which are driven by groups of ordinary citizens, as opposed to larger organisations or wealthy individuals with concentrated vested interests in particular policies. ...


Government and politics

Bellevue City Hall
Bellevue City Hall

Bellevue has a Council-Manager form of government with seven, non-partisan council members elected at large for staggered four-year terms.[10] 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. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (3072 × 2304 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (3072 × 2304 pixel, file size: 1. ... 2006 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


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.[11] The United States presidential election of 2004 was held on Tuesday, November 2, 2004 to elect the president. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is the junior United States Senator from Massachusetts, in his fourth term of office. ...


Education

Bellevue is home to Bellevue Community College (BCC) and City University. The highly rated[citation needed] BCC is the largest[citation needed] community college in Washington and the third largest institution of higher education in the state[citation needed]. Bellevue School District No. ... Bellevue Community College (BCC) is a community college located in Bellevue, Washington. ... City University is an institution of higher learning based in Bellevue, Washington. ...


The city hosts the Bellevue School District. There are four main public high schools - Bellevue High School, Interlake High School, Newport High School, and Sammamish High School, as well as two alternative high schools, International School and Robinswood High School. Bellevue School District No. ... For other uses, see High school (disambiguation). ... For other schools with the same name, see Bellevue High School. ... Interlake High School is a public high school in Bellevue, Washington, and offers the International Baccalaureate program. ... Newport High School (NHS) is a public secondary school in Bellevue, WA. It serves students in grades 9-12 in the southern part of the Bellevue School District, including the neighborhoods of Factoria, Newport Shores, Newport Hills, Somerset, Eastgate, and Sunset. ... Sammamish High School is one of four regular 9-12 grade schools in Bellevue School District (Bellevue, WA). ... International School (IS) is a 6-12th grade school in the Bellevue School District founded by parents and teachers in the district in 1990. ...


At the elementary level, Bellevue is home to the Eastside's only Waldorf Education, at Three Cedars School, and to several Montessori schools[citation needed]. A Waldorf classroom in Witten-Annen, Germany Waldorf education (also known as Steiner or Steiner-Waldorf education) is a pedagogical movement based upon the educational philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, the founder of anthroposophy. ... The Montessori method is a methodology for nursery and elementary school education, first developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. ...


Economy

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. It also immediately borders the tiny but extremely affluent Lake Washington “Gold Coast” district (Medina, Hunts Point, Clyde Hill, and Yarrow Point), whose residents include Bill Gates and control a large portion of the local wealth[citation needed]. Besides Bellevue Square, there are three major shopping centers in the city: Factoria Mall to the south, Crossroads Mall to the East, and the Overlake Shopping District in the north. Location of Redmond within King County, and King County within Washington. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water   - % water 369. ... Interstate 90 (abbreviated I-90) is the longest interstate highway in both the United States and world at nearly 3,100 miles (5,000 kilometers). ... State Route 520 is a state highway and freeway in the U.S. state of Washington. ... For other uses, see Lake Washington (disambiguation). ... Medina is a city located in King County, Washington, on the eastern shore of Lake Washington opposite Seattle. ... Hunts Point is a town located in King County, Washington. ... Clyde Hill is a city located in the Eastside, an affluent region of King County, Washington and part of the Seattle metropolitan area. ... Yarrow Point is a town located in King County, Washington. ... For other persons named Bill Gates, see Bill Gates (disambiguation). ...


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 works on handheld, mobile and PC.
  • ArenaNet - PC game developer famous for Guild Wars; many ArenaNet employees used to work for Blizzard Entertainment.
  • Brio Realty – A national real estate company that utilizes the internet to deliver better home buying experiences for its customers.
  • Centeris - Leader in the Windows to Linux migration software industry.
  • Clark Nuber - A regional accounting firm headquartered in Bellevue.
  • Coinstar, Inc. - Owner and operator of coin-exchanging kiosks found in supermarkets.
  • Drugstore.com - An online pharmacy and information site for health, beauty, wellness, personal care, and pharmacy products.
  • Eddie Bauer - Is relocating its Headquarters from Redmond, WA to a 28-story office tower at Lincoln Square, which will be completed in mid-2007. It will share this tower with Microsoft's North American Sales Headquarters.
  • Expedia, Inc. – An online travel company.
  • The Generations Network - Headquartered in Bellevue, version 2.0 of MyFamily.com is a secure social 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 private-label search engine and online directory that survived the dot.com bust of the 1990s. It’s reemerging in the mid 2000’s with a mobile entertainment offering.
  • Microsoft - Recently announced that it will lease the top 15 floors of a 28 story office tower being built at Lincoln Square, across the street from Bellevue Square. They will relocate their North American Sales Group Headquarters to the building and will share it with Eddie Bauer's world Headquarters. (Microsoft Pacific Northwest District already occupies space in Bellevue at Civica Office Commons.)[12]
  • 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 with over 18,000 public locations.
  • Uievolution - A mobile software company (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Square-Enix).
  • Value Village - A second-hand clothing chain. (Also known as Savers).
  • Valve Corporation – A video game developer made famous by its first product, Half-Life.
  • WizKids - Non-electronic game developer producing everything from collectible miniatures games to board games.

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Blizzard Entertainment, a division of Vivendi Games, is an American computer game developer and publisher headquartered in Irvine, California. ... Brio Realty, a Bellevue, Washington based real estate founded by Jonathan Washburn in 2004. ... Real estate is a legal term that encompasses land along with anything permanently affixed to the land, such as buildings. ... Coinstar, Inc. ... drugstore. ... For other uses, see Pharmacy (disambiguation). ... Eddie Bauer is an outdoor clothing and sporting goods chain. ... Redmond is a city located in King County, Washington. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... Expedia. ... The Generations Network is an Internet company based in Provo, Utah and the largest for-profit genealogy company in the world. ... The Generations Network is an Internet company based in Provo, Utah and the largest for-profit genealogy company in the world. ... A social network service focuses on the building and verifying of online social networks for communities of people who share interests and activities, or who are interested in exploring the interests and activities of others, and which necessitates the use of software. ... Current Chairman & CEO Jim Voelker InfoSpace is a mobile entertainment provider, a private label search engine and an online directory. ... A search engine is an information retrieval system designed to help find information stored on a computer system. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards and conform with our NPOV policy, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Eddie Bauer is an outdoor clothing and sporting goods chain. ... CankerMelts is a non-prescription medication for canker sores sold by Orahealth Corporation, a privately held company based in Bellevue, WA. 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Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 112,344 people, 45,836 households, and 29,060 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,563.6 people per square mile (1,411.4/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. Bellevue residents are known as Bellevueites. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


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. Matrimony redirects here. ...


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. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.6 males.


According to a 2006 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $76,757, and the median income for a family was $89,020.[1] 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. Per capita income means how much each individual receives, in monetary terms, of the yearly income generated in their country. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Bellevue was rated one of the 25 safest cities in America, based on the per-capita incidence of violent crime. On the same subject, the Bellevue Police Department is strongly supported by the community.[13]


Bellevue is rapidly growing in size and diversity, a fact which outdates old censuses. It is now home to a larger percentage of nonwhite residents than Seattle.[14] Nearly a third of the city's residents are foreign-born, up from a quarter five years ago. Bellevue has the highest percentage of foreign-born residents among major cities in the state. In 2005, 32% of residents are nonwhite. The largest communities come from China, India, Russia and Mexico, attracted to business and tech industry jobs, manual labor jobs, quality schools and parks.


Bellevue has the largest and most affluent Asian population in the state. As of 2005, 25% of the city's residents identify themselves as Asian, a rise from 17% in 2000. East Indian and Chinese communities have doubled in size since 2000.


Culture

Bellevue is the site of the popular annual Bellevue Arts & Crafts Fair, held since 1947 at the end of July.

Bellevue Arts Museum
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.[15] Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 575 pixelsFull resolution (2810 × 2019 pixel, file size: 3. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 575 pixelsFull resolution (2810 × 2019 pixel, file size: 3. ... The Bellevue Arts Museum traces its roots back to street fair art in 1947. ... Steven Holls design for Simmons Hall of MIT won the Harleston Parker Medal in 2004. ...


The Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art contains one of the largest doll collections in the world—more than a thousand dolls—displayed on two floors of a Victorian-style building.[16]


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 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. [17]


Sports

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. The American Basketball Association (ABA) is a mens basketball league founded in 1999. ... The Bellevue Blackhawks is an American Basketball Association (ABA) team based in Bellevue, Washington USA. The team began play in the fall of 2004. ... Little Rock redirects here. ...


Notable residents

Shaun Edward Alexander (born August 30, 1977 in Florence, Kentucky) is an American football player in the National Football League. ... Michael Allan is a tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs formerly from Whitworth a Division III school in the Northwest Conference. ... NFL redirects here. ... League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC West (1970-present) Current uniform Team colors Red, White and Gold Mascot K. C. Wolf (1985-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) Personnel Owner The Hunt Family (Clark Hunt... -1... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) West Division (1977–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Seattle Mariners (1977–present) Other nicknames The Ms Ballpark Safeco Field (1999–present) King County Domed Stadium (Kingdome) (1977-1999) Major league titles World Series titles (0) none AL Pennants (0) None... Stone Carpenter Gossard (born July 20, 1966 in Seattle, Washington) is the rhythm guitarist and, along with Jeff Ament and Mike McCready, a founding member of American rock band Pearl Jam. ... This article is about the rock group. ... For other uses, see Heart (disambiguation). ... Megan Hilty (born Megan Kathleen Hilty on March 29, 1981 in Bellevue, Washington, U.S.) is an American stage and television actress. ... Image:Pagehopkins. ... Mike Krahulik left and Jerry Holkins right Keith Gerald Jerry Holkins (born February 6, 1976), is the writer of the webcomic Penny Arcade. ... Mike Krahulik (left) and Jerry Holkins Mike Krahulik (born September 25, 1977) is the artist who draws the popular webcomic Penny Arcade. ... Penny Arcade is a webcomic and blog written by Jerry Holkins and illustrated by Mike Krahulik. ... Webcomics, also known as online comics and internet comics, are comics that are available to read on the Internet. ... Kid Nation is a CBS reality show. ... Kid Nation is a reality television show hosted by Jonathan Karsh that premiered on the CBS network on September 19, 2007 and airs Wednesdays at 8:00 p. ... Etty Lau Farrell (born Etty Lau on December 10, 1974) is a vocalist for the band Satellite Party. ... Satellite Party is an alternative rock band conceived by former Janes Addiction and Porno for Pyros frontman Perry Farrell following the demise of his former band in 2004. ... A mover and a shaker who is very fond of the Isaguagh Alps area He and his hiking buddies helped name trails and monuments on courger MT. This made the trails and land marks real and valuable and was one reason that the King county regianal wildland park was establisted. ... Edgar Martinez (born January 2, 1963 in New York, New York, but raised in the Maguayo neighborhood of Dorado, Puerto Rico[1]) was a longtime Major League Baseball player who retired at the end of the 2004 season. ... Jeffrey Lee Probst (born November 4, 1962) is a six-time Emmy-nominated (once awarded) American television personality, acting as a game show host, executive producer and a reporter. ... Survivor is an American version of the Survivor reality television game show based on the Swedish television series Expedition Robinson originally created in 1992 by Charlie Parsons. ... Lawrence Mark Larry Sanger (born July 16, 1968[1]) has been involved with various online encyclopedia projects. ... Layne Thomas Staley (August 22, 1967 - ca. ... This article is about the grunge band. ... Jerramy Stevens (born November 13, 1979 in Boise, Idaho) is a National Football League tight end playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. ... League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1976) AFC West (1976) National Football Conference (1977-present) NFC Central (1977-2001) NFC South (2002-present) Current uniform Team colors Buccaneer Red, Pewter, Black, Orange, White Mascot Captain Fear Personnel Owner Malcolm Glazer General Manager Bruce Allen Head... Ichiro Suzuki ), often known simply as Ichiro ), (born October 22, 1973 in Toyoyama, Nishikasugai, Aichi Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese outfielder for the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball team. ... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) West Division (1977–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Seattle Mariners (1977–present) Other nicknames The Ms Ballpark Safeco Field (1999–present) King County Domed Stadium (Kingdome) (1977-1999) Major league titles World Series titles (0) none AL Pennants (0) None... Cuong Vu (b. ... Singer/Guitarist Mark Arm Mark Arm is the vocalist for the grunge band Mudhoney. ... Mudhoney may refer to: Mudhoney (band), a grunge band from Seattle, Washington Mudhoney (film), a film directed by Russ Meyer Mudhoney Records, a record label Mudhoney (store), fashion accessories stores, Adelaide, South Australia Category: ...

Points of interest

Bellevue Botanical Garden (14. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards and conform with our NPOV policy, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Bellevue Arts Museum traces its roots back to street fair art in 1947. ...

Neighborhoods

  • Bridle Trails
  • Crossroads
  • Downtown
  • Enatai
  • Factoria
  • Lake Hills
  • Longmont
  • Meydenbauer
  • Newport Hills
  • Newport Shores
  • Overlake
  • Somerset
  • Vasa
  • Wilburton
  • Woodridge

Factoria is a neighborhood in the southern part of Bellevue, Washington and is one of the citys major commercial districts. ...

Sister Cities

Bellevue has the following sister cities:[18][19] Sign denoting twin towns of Neckarsulm, Germany Town twinning is a concept whereby towns or cities in geographically and politically distinct areas are paired with the goal of fostering human contact and cultural links. ...

Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Republic_of_China. ... Hualien City (Traditional Chinese: ; Hanyu Pinyin: ; Wade-Giles: Hua-lien shih; POJ: Hoa-liân-chhÄ«) is the capital of Hualien County, Taiwan Province of the Republic of China. ... For the Chinese civilization, see China. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Yao ) is a city located in Osaka Prefecture, Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Czech_Republic. ... Kladno is a city in the Central Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Latvia. ... Liepāja. ...

See also

The Bellevue Arts Museum traces its roots back to street fair art in 1947. ... Bellevue Community College (BCC) is a community college located in Bellevue, Washington. ...

References

  1. ^ a b American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ US Board on Geographic Names. United States Geological Survey (2007-10-25). Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ Danny Westneat. "Is Bellevue a "new Brooklyn?"", The Seattle Times, 2006-12-14. Retrieved on 2007-02-28. 
  4. ^ K. Hinton, A. Tijerino (June 22, 2001). "Boomburbs": The Emergence of Large, Fast-Growing Suburban Cities in the United States (PDF). Fannie Mae Foundation. Retrieved on 2006-08-10.
  5. ^ Official April 1, 2006 Population Estimates. Office of Financial Management (June 29, 2006). Retrieved on 2006-12-07.
  6. ^ Bellevue Downtown Association (2007). Retrieved on 2008-06-01.
  7. ^ More downtown Bellevue builders gambling on spec development. King County Journal (January 8, 2006). Retrieved on 2006-12-09.
  8. ^ a b c d Stein, Alan J. (1998-11-09). Bellevue -- Thumbnail History. HistoryLink. Retrieved on 2008-06-09.
  9. ^ US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990. United States Census Bureau (2005-05-03). Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  10. ^ City of Bellevue, Municipal Research and Service Center of Washington
  11. ^ Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Dave Leip.
  12. ^ Benjamin J. Romano (May 16, 2006). Microsoft sold on Bellevue, 15 floors of Lincoln Square. Seattle Times. Retrieved on 2007-07-31.
  13. ^ City of Bellevue - Police earn high marks in survey
  14. ^ Ashley Bach (19 August 2007). Bellevue diversity outpaces Seattle, county. The Seattle Times. Retrieved on 22 January 2008.
  15. ^ Pastier, John (January 08, 2001). Bellevue Art Museum. HistoryLink.org. Retrieved on 2006-12-07.
  16. ^ Rosalie Whyel Doll Museum (2006). Retrieved on 2006-12-07.
  17. ^ Bellevue Strawberry Festival (2008). Retrieved on 2008-6-7.
  18. ^ Washington's Sister Cities, Counties, States and Ports. Washington State Lieutenant Governor's Office.
  19. ^ Online Directory: Washington, USA. Sister Cities International.

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