About Bellevue, Washington
Situated between Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish, Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington and was officially incorporated in 1953. Its population is 136,426, as of 2014 U.S. Census estimates. Almost 28% of residents are Asian, nearly 63% are white and 7% are Hispanic.
Bellevue has numerous parks, including Mercer Slough Nature Park, as well as nature trails, an aquatic center, botanical garden, tennis center and beaches. A number of community and arts centers offer activities for individuals of any age. Annual events include a strawberry festival and arts and craft fair.
Bellevue has two colleges and is within ten miles of 36 schools. Bellevue College is found in the city. A 4-year public school, it mainly offers associate's degrees and enrolls around 13,500 students. Northwest University and Lake Washington Institute of Technology are nearby, as are several Seattle schools, including Seattle Central College and Golden Gate University.
The University of Washington's main Seattle campus is about five miles away. Ranked 52nd among national universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2016, this university has several highly ranked graduate schools, including business (27th), education (8th), law (33rd) and engineering (24th). Its medical school was ranked at the top of the list for both family and rural medicine in 2016, according to U.S. News.
Seattle University is a private, non-profit school that enrolls around 7,250 students. It was ranked sixth among regional universities in the West by U.S. News. Located in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, this school offers four doctoral programs along with master's degrees in criminal justice, finance, nursing, pastoral studies and more.
Economy and Industry Info
Bellevue is a major employment and economic center for the region with more than 35,000 jobs in the city center. The largest sectors of Bellevue's economy are composed of businesses in the areas of finance, real estate, engineering and retail trade. Bellevue is home to several large technology companies, including Expedia and Blucora, and it serves as the corporate headquarters for companies such as Paccar Inc., Esterline Corp. and Puget Sound Energy.