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The Eastside’s hub with a booming commercial core and many residence options

Seattle’s neighbor to the east, Bellevue, is an affluent suburb with many opportunities for living, working, and playing.

 History

Bellevue saw its first homesteaders in the late 1860s when William Meydenbauer and Aaron Mercer decided to move from Seattle to the east side of Lake Washington. They farmed the land and their success drew more people to follow their lead. By the mid 1900s, the area was known for its berry farms and ‘beautiful view’—Bellevue, in French. The construction of the I-90 bridge brought more visitors and residents, who could now live on the east side and easily commute to their jobs in Seattle. City planners spent a great deal of time making a high-class downtown area, a tradition that has spread throughout the city. Today, Bellevue embodies everything one would look for in a thriving suburb.

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Who Lives Here?

Non-native Newbies - Foreign-born individuals who just moved to U.S.
A significant proportion of people who have moved to the U.S. from Puerto Rico, the U.S. Island Areas, or a foreign country. Wide age range. Some have a high school or college education, and they work in a variety of occupations.
Urban Power Families - High-income couples with children.
Six-figure salaried couples with children who live an upscale life in a metro center. Highly educated professionals working in finance, medical, and high-tech fields.
Corporate Climbers - High-income, high-expense urban singles.
Urban singles with an up-and-coming income, but with higher-than-average living costs. Most have college educations and are employed in mid-management professions.
Multi-lingual Urbanites - Urban dwellers who speak more than one language.
Some have a high school or college education, and they work in a variety of occupations. Moderate to upper-scale earning potential.
High $$ DINKs - Urban high-income couples with no children.
Middle-age Dual Income No Kids couples living in the city and making very comfortable combined household incomes. Most own their own homes and are highly educated professionals, many with advanced degrees.
Bellevue
Median Household Income $62,338
Owners/Renters 61%/39%
Median Age 38
Single Males 15%
Single Females 10%
Homes With Kids 28%
Household Size 2.4
Commute Time 24 min

 Vibe

Bellevue is the king of the Seattle suburbs. Even through tough financial times, construction has barely slowed in the downtown business district and high-end retailers are constantly moving in. Further out into the neighborhoods, generously sized houses and quiet streets are abundant. Here, it’s an easy commute to either Seattle or Redmond. In general, the prevailing attitude here is, “Why live in Seattle when you could choose Bellevue?”

 Activities and Attractions

There are many rich experiences to be had in Bellevue. The downtown area offers the most densely packed opportunities, from shopping to fine dining, even seeing a comedy show or going bowling. Other hubs, like Crossroads to the east and Factoria to the south, also have plenty to do and see without having to deal with traffic and parking. Venues like the Meydenbauer Center, the Bellevue Arts Museum, and the KidsQuest Children’s Museum are all great stops for people of all ages. And, for a throwback to Bellevue’s early days, don’t miss the Mercer Slough Blueberry Farm, where you can pick all of the fresh berries you want for a ridiculously cheap price. There are plenty of much-buzzed-about restaurants to bring to your attention. In Lincoln Square, Din Tai Fung, a world-famous Taiwanese place that specializes in dumplings, opened late in 2010. Several popular eateries that first made their homes in Seattle have moved to the east side, too: Black Bottle ‘gastropub’, Purple Café and Wine Bar, Wild Ginger (Asian fusion), El Gaucho steakhouse, Blue C Sushi, Boom Noodle, and Top Pot Doughnuts to name a few (OK, to name a lot). Bellevue knows how to design a park, too. Take Kelsey Creek Park, for example. With its two historic barns, classes and tours for kids and adults, and even farm animals grazing about it’s a great farm oasis in the middle of a bustling city. Of course, there are the standard hiking and walking trails and places for picnics. Then there’s Bellevue Downtown Park with its manicured expanse of lawn, waterfall feature, and the skyscrapers of downtown as a backdrop.

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