Living in Bellevue WA | Neighborhood Profile

Welcome to Bellevue

French for beautiful view, Bellevue rests in the Eastside region of King County. West of the city, you’ll discover the Olympic Mountains & Lake Washington; to the East, the Cascades & Lake Sammamish. Homogenize that with Bellevue’s crisp skyline and you have one gorgeous metropolis!  What’s it like living in Bellevue WA? Read on…

Bellevue is a culturally diverse, global city with many major tech companies and high-rises permeating downtown. PACCAR, T-Mobile, Valve and SAP/Concur have their headquarters in Bellevue; Amazon is starting its expansion into the city as well, taking over the previous Expedia building.

Population144,444 (2017)
Median Household Income$121,168 (2017)
Median Housing Price$889,934 (2019)
Median Gross Rent$1,837 (2017)

Commute Times:

Sea-Tac Airport17 Miles, 34min
Seattle Downtown10 Miles, 31min
Stevens Pass Ski Resort75 Miles, 1hr 45min

Bellevue History

Living in Bellevue WA history
Photo: MOHAI, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection

Bellevue was first settled in 1869 by William Maydenbauer and Aaron Mercer; it remained a rural region until the construction of the Lake Washington floating bridge in 1940. With Seattle to Bellevue access opened up, population growth steadily climbed; when a second bridge (Evergreen Point Floating Bridge or 520 Bridge) opened up in 1963, Bellevue experienced a proliferation of inhabitants.

In the early 2000s Bellevue sustained a major construction boom, completing mega-projects like Lincoln Square and the shops at the Bravern.

The next major construction venture will be the Bel-Red Corridor Project, redeveloping a large northern section of the city that borders Redmond. An extension of the Light Rail system into Bellevue was also approved in 2008 to help mitigate some of the transportation congestion that has worsened over the last decade. 

Bellevue is still growing like a hungry teenager with no end in sight. 

Life in Bellevue | What’s it like?

Life in Bellevue is elegant; the city is pristine from top to bottom. Parks are picturesque, and the shopping experience at Lincoln Square and the shops at the Bravern is pampered with high-class service.

Living in Bellevue WA Downtown

Bellevue is a mega-hive of highrise-commerce with over 1300 businesses in the downtown area alone.  CNN Money voted Bellevue as the #1 place to live and start a business! Being a tech-zenith with a median household income of $121,168, it’s a desirable place to bring your family or start a new one. 

Even being nestled in urban living, Bellevue offers residents the Cougar Mountain trails, lake access, boating, fishing, swimming and plenty of other outdoor activities. 

Eat | Drink | Play 

Bellevue has an array of options for dinning and entertainment. Below is a list of must-visit locations:



Bars & Lounges:

Bellevue Housing Market

Living in Bellevue WA lake house

As of this writing Bellevue has a median housing price of $889,934. This is down 1% YOY finally shifting the market over to prospective buyers. Inventory is still lower compared to the national average. 

Average Rent in Bellevue WA By Neighborhood

Living in Bellevue WA rent

Check out the stats below for real-time updates from the NWMLS on the Bellevue Housing Market: 

Check out our market stats page or previous posts for more info on the Seattle Housing Market. 

Bellevue School District

The Bellevue School district has 30 schools with 20,443 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 75% of students are at least proficient in math and 80% in reading.  Overall scores from below:

Living in Bellevue WA school district

Cost of Living gave Bellevue a heavy cost of living score of 196.5 compared to a national average score of 100; this is mostly due to soaring home prices. 

COST OF LIVINGBellevueWashingtonUSA
  Median Home Cost$905,400$381,300$231,200

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