Bellevue, Washington

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Bellevue (pronounced /ˈbɛlvjuː/, US dict: bĕl′·vyōō) is a rapidly growing city in the Eastside region of King County, Washington, United States, across Lake Washington from Seattle. Long known as a suburb or satellite city of Seattle,[6] it is now categorized as an edge city or a boomburb.[7] The population was 109,569 at the 2000 census, but by 2009 had grown to an estimated 126,626.[2]

Downtown Bellevue is undergoing rapid change. It is currently the second largest city center in Washington state with over 35,000 employees and 5,000 residents.[8] Based on per capita income, Bellevue is the 6th wealthiest of 522 communities in the state of Washington.[9] In 2008, Bellevue was named number 1 in CNNMoney's list of the best places to live and launch a business.[10] More recently, Bellevue was ranked as the 4th best place to live in America.[11] The name "Bellevue" is French for "beautiful view".[12]

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