About Downtown

Bellevue: the second largest city center in Washington; centrally located in the Puget Sound region and the commercial and residential hub of what is called "the Eastside.”

In 2016, Downtown Bellevue was ranked #4 among the "Top 10 Downtown in the U.S." by Livability.com.

In 2017, Bellevue was ranked #6 among the "Top 100 Places to Live in the U.S." by Livability.com.

A Cultural Destination

The Downtown Bellevue community is also home to the Bellevue Arts Museum and the Meydenbauer Center, two of the Eastside's most outstanding arts and convention venues, the award-winning Bellevue Library, as well as two of the nation's premier destination retail centers, The Bellevue Collection and The Shops at The Bravern.

Economic Development

Downtown Bellevue has evolved from a suburban business district to a thriving urban destination encompassing 410 acres and 4.5 million square feet of retail and entertainment uses and 9 million square feet of office space with a low vacancy rate of 9.2% in 2016. There are more than 53,000 employees and 13,000 residents housed in downtown, making the estimated daytime population 66,000. It is estimated that over the next 20 years, 75% of Bellevue's population and employment growth will occur downtown. Through this evolution, the Bellevue Downtown Association will continue to champion and provide leadership for a viable, livable, memorable and accessible downtown.

Regional Transportation Hub

Bellevue serves as the transportation center in the region where major east-west and north-south transportation corridors intersect; nestled between state route 520 to the north, I-405 to the east, and I-90 to the south and with 1,150 buses entering and leaving the Bellevue Transit Center each day. This proximity makes Bellevue an employment center for sectors such as technology, bio medical sciences, legal, banking, venture capital, trade, architecture, engineering, and real estate development. Just minutes (17 miles on I-405) from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and equidistant from both London and Beijing (with daily direct flights to both), the greater Seattle-Bellevue area is a center for international trade. It is closer to Japan, Korea and China than any other city on the West Coast. And, after Washington DC and NYC, it is 3rd in the USA in number of foreign embassies. 

City of Bellevue Population Demographics

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