Bellevue is the fifth largest city in the state of Washington. It is the high-tech and retail center of the Eastside, with more than 130,000 jobs and a skyline of gleaming high rises. Bellevue is flanked by the shores of Lake Washington to the West and Lake Sammamish to the East. While business booms downtown, much of Bellevue retains a small-town feel with thriving, woodsy neighborhoods and a vast network of green spaces and recreational facilities that keep people calling it “a city in a park.” Much of Bellevue’s charm comes from the surrounding neighborhoods. The small, distinct communities of Clyde Hill, Medina, Beaux Arts, Yarrow Point and Hunt’s Point add to Bellevue’s distinct population. Bellevue’s schools are consistently ranked among the top in the country.

The shopping is always a major draw for consumers, with Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square located in the heart of the city. Opened in 2009, Puget Sound’s only luxury shopping center can be found at The Bravern, home to Neiman Marcus, Jimmy Choo, and Louis Vuitton, to name a few. The Bellevue Botanical Gardens draw thousands of people year round, with tourists flocking from all over the world during the holidays to see the fabulous light displays. More than 300,000 people visit Bellevue every year for the acclaimed Bellevue Arts and Crafts Fair. There are 56 parks, 10 of which are located on the water, and nearly 40 miles of trails in Bellevue.

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Population: 126,439

Median household income: $81,184

Median home sale price:  $482,000 (Trulia Apr 2013)