Bellevue is an excellent place to live, learn, play and work. Situated between the shimmering waters of Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish, it is surrounded by views of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges and Mount Rainier; Bellevue's residents have an abundance of natural beauty at their doorstep.
The city has a growing and diverse community with residents representing all regions of the world, 33% of whom are foreign-born. It is a welcoming and supportive community with strong neighborhoods, world-class schools, vibrant culture and active outdoor lifestyles. One in three residents is foreign born, and approximately 80 foreign languages are spoken in Bellevue's schools.
Bellevue is also a destination for retail tourism across the U.S. Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. Luxury boutiques, art galleries, high performing shopping centers, automobile dealerships, and electronics stores lead the retail sector. Downtown Bellevue is home to some of the highest-producing stores for major brands like Tesla, Hermes, Neiman Marcus, and Apple.
The city is at the geographic center of the Puget Sound region, connected to the major highways and public transit routes going in all directions. Sound Transit's Eastlink project will add high-capacity rail service to the heart of Bellevue and provide faster connection times from downtown Bellevue into downtown Seattle and the Microsoft campus in Redmond.