Bellevue truly offers its residents the best of both worlds - a mere 20 minutes east of Seattle and less than an hour from the Cascade Mountains. This has become the ideal place for individuals and professionals with families who want to enjoy city life but at the same time want to be able to get away from the hustle and bustle from time to time.
Bellevue sits in the middle of the Eastside Technology Corridor that stretches from the computer game makers in Renton, Wash., to the heart of the software industry in Redmond, Wash., and the high-tech support services found in Bothell, Wash. Business is strong on the Eastside in all facets of high tech, from bio-medical research to aerospace. Bellevue was the first city in the state of Washington to install a state-of-the-art underground fiber optic loop and remains one of the few cities in the region with multi-service telecommunications providers and a well-educated work force to fulfill the need for employers moving into the area.
Besides technology, there are many strong industries in Bellevue, including manufacturing, healthcare, and retail and wholesale. The service industry continues to grow to meet the demands of local consumers. More than half of the jobs in Bellevue are in the service industry or retail. The number of jobs in the service industry has grown by more than 15,000 during the past eight years. The downtown Bellevue lifestyle appeals to a wide variety of people. Residents enjoy a neighborhood where they can walk to museums, concerts, the theater and shops. Outdoor enthusiasts love a community that is built around the waters of the largest and deepest freshwater lake on the West Coast.
The cost of living may be a bit higher in this upper northwest locale, but the quality of life can't be beat. There is always something to do or see, healthcare and educational standards are excellent, and the area offers diverse industries.