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Overview

Introduction to Bellevue, Washington

Bellevue is a city located in King County in the state of Washington. Situated only 10 miles east of Seattle across Lake Washington, the city is considered a Seattle suburb. Bellevue is surrounded by vast wilderness areas, including the rugged Cascade mountains to its east and the Olympic mountains further to the west, which helps explain the city's name, a derivation of a French term for "beautiful view." Interstate I-405 bisects the city, which is also serviced by I-90 and Washington State Highway 520. Bellevue is home to several high-tech companies and is adjacent to Redmond, home of software giant Microsoft Corporation.

First settled in the late 1860s or early 1870s, Bellevue soon became a popular location for the summer homes of residents of nearby Seattle. The region's towering evergreens eventually gave way to agriculture, and throughout the first half of the 20th century Bellevue was dominated by an abundance of farms best known for strawberries and blueberries. When the first floating bridge across Lake Washington was completed in 1940, Seattle suddenly became much more accessible and a suburban era which would influence the area for several decades was ushered in. Bellevue was incorporated as a city in 1953.

Attractions in and near Bellevue

Bellevue is home to many places of interest and within short driving distance to many more. The Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art houses one of the world's largest collections of dolls, covering two expansive floors with exhibits and over 1,000 dolls on display. The Bellevue Arts Museum, located in downtown Bellevue, is the Pacific Northwest’s principal center for the exploration of art, craft and design. The Museum places special emphasis on the work of regional artists. The KidsQuest Children’s Museum offers play and discovery areas, exhibits, educational activities and classroom space. The Bellevue Botanical Garden consists of 53 acres of display gardens, woodlands, meadows and wetlands. The Garden hosts the annual Garden d'Lights festival during the month of December, where numerous three-dimensional plant and animal sculptures made from bundled Christmas lights are on display in numerous nature-themed scenes. Several other attractions can be found nearby, including the following:

  • Pacific Science Center
  • Stevens Pass Ski Area
  • Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
  • Space Needle
  • Woodland Park Zoo
  • Museum of Flight
  • Seattle Aquarium
  • EMP/Science Fiction Museum

Bellevue is home to the Bellevue Blackhawks of the American Basketball Association (ABA). Several other pro sports teams are located just across Lake Washington in the city of Seattle. These include:

  • Seattle Mariners (baseball; MLB)
  • Seattle Seahawks (football: NFL)
  • Seattle SuperSonics (basketball: NBA)
  • Seattle Storm (women's basketball: WNBA)
  • Seattle Thunderbirds (hockey: WHL)
  • Seattle Sounders (soccer: USL A-League)

People

Total Population 134,630
Male Share of the Population 50.7%
Female Share of the Population 49.3%
Senior Citizens 14%
Employed Population 16+ 68,068
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 56.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 63.2%
Median Earnings25+ $61,269
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,974
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,586

Wealth

Median Family Income $109,961
% Above Poverty Level 92.1%
% Below Poverty Level 7.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.5%
% Using Public Transportation 11.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 27.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,530
Median House Value $562,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 46%
US/American 0.5%
English 8.8%
Irish 7.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bellevue Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 6 miles E of Seattle, Washington
County King
Standard Zip Codes 98004, 98005, 98006, 98007, 98008
P.O. Box Zip Codes 98009, 98015
Phone Area Codes 425
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 47.61
Longitude -122.199

Bellevue Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station SEATTLE URBAN SITE
Distance 5.4 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 47 F
Apr Temp 43 to 59 F
Jul Temp 56 to 75 F
Oct Temp 46 to 60 F
Annual Precip 38.2 inches
Station SEATTLE SAND PT WSFO
Distance 5.6 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 46 F
Apr Temp 42 to 58 F
Jul Temp 55 to 75 F
Oct Temp 46 to 60 F
Annual Precip 35.9 inches
Station SEATTLE TACOMA AP
Distance 11.4 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 46 F
Apr Temp 42 to 58 F
Jul Temp 55 to 75 F
Oct Temp 46 to 60 F
Annual Precip 37 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Bellevue, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Beaux Arts (98004)

Newport Hills (98006)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Beaux Arts Village 333 $167,500
Clyde Hill 3,150 $203,250
Hunts Point 508 $193,125
Medina 3,120 $209,643
Mercer Island 24,120 $162,583
Yarrow Point 1,172 $235,417

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bellevue Hospitals

OVERLAKE HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1035-116TH AVE NE
(425) 688-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Bellevue High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

BELLEVUE HIGH SCHOOL
10416 WOLVERINE WAY
425-456-7002
Serves 1,338 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.9

NEWPORT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
4333 FACTORIA BOULEVARD SE
425-456-7400
Serves 1,296 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.3

SAMMAMISH SENIOR HIGH
100 140TH AVENUE SE
425-456-7600
Serves 1,159 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

INTERLAKE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
16245 NE 24TH STREET
425-456-7200
Serves 756 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18

BELLEWOOD BUILDING
445 128TH AVENUE SE
425-456-6500
A Non-traditional School
Serves 462 students.

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
445 128TH AVE SE
425-456-6500
Serves 462 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.1

ROBINSWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
14844 SE 22ND STREET
425-456-7800
A Non-traditional School
Serves 252 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12

KELSEY CREEK HOME SCHOOL CENTER
14200 SE 13TH PLACE
425-456-7800
A Non-traditional School
Serves 214 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 71.3

BSD VOC ED/CAREER EDUC OPTIONS
12111 NE 1ST STREET
425-456-4181
A Non-traditional School
Serves 152 students.

TRANSITION PROGRAM
15027 NE BEL-RED ROAD
425-456-4144
A Special Education School
Serves 26 students.

OVERLAKE HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER
1035 116TH AVE NE
253-945-2084
A Non-traditional School
Serves 2 students.

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