The satellite city of Bellevue, Washington has rapidly become home to many large businesses and residents, growing to be the second largest city center in all of Washington. This change started back in 2008 when the suburban area was redesigned to have a more urban feel while holding on tightly to those aspects that make it a great city to establish a home in. The city has been ranked in the past as being the #1 place to start a business, and has been the corporate home to many large name brands such as T-Mobile, Nintendo, Microsoft, Expedia, and Bungie.
Not only have many businesses been grown in Bellevue, but the city also holds ties to many famous athletes. Successful stars such as Russell Wilson, Chuck Swirsky, John Olerud, and Tim Lincecum have roots in Bellevue, giving the city an even more amplified legacy to boast about.
1953 is when Bellevue, which is French for “beautiful view”, was aptly named, and officially born. Bellevue started out as a smaller, more rural area, however by as early as the 1920’s people in the area were predicting it to be one of the cornerstones of the state. The city was given high standards to live up to, but Bellevue has clearly stepped easily into the shoes set for it.
In the 2010 census, 122,363 people were said to be calling Bellevue home. As over 145 businesses have started right in the heart of the city, it’s clear why Bellevue has risen to be an important part of Washington state. It isn’t all just work with no play, however, as Bellevue also holds host to several different cultural experiences and attractions. One of the largest being the Bellevue Arts and Crafts fair, an exciting event that started way back in 1947.