From Bedroom community of Seattle to fifth largest city in the State. Strawberries, blueberries and a host of other truck-farm products gave Bellevue its start early in the 20th century. The completion of a floating bridge — and its east-west highway — opened the floodgates to a suburban way of life that flowered through the next 40 years. Today Bellevue is a commercial, retail and residential powerhouse and home to one of the West’s premier shopping centers, Bellevue Square.With nearly 110,000 people, Bellevue is the state’s fifth-largest city and home to one of the region’s largest shopping center, Bellevue Square.
As host to dozens of high-tech companies, Bellevue has a skyline now made up of glass-clad skyscrapers as well as towering evergreens. The city also has a park system to rival any in the Northwest.  Bellevue offers many lifesyle choices for it’s residents.  From highrise condo living in the hub of the city to many great suburban communities that offer everything from lakeside to equestrian living and everythng in between.  Known for it’s nationally recognized schools Bellevue has been and continues to be a desirable destination to live.  Five Bellevue high schools are tops in Ameria and best in state (3/11/09) Bellevue School District high schools continue to hold top spots according to rankings by various news publications. Since 2003 all five of Bellevue’s mainstream public high schools have consistently placed among the top two percent in the nation. Most recently US News and World Report published its ranking. On this list Bellevue’s International School received a ranking of #5 and Newport High School also received the Gold Medal designation with a ranking of #44.