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Arts, Sustainability and Jobs in Bellevue WA

Updated on January 10, 2015

Downtown Park, Bellevue

King County and The Greater Seattle Area

Bellevue, in Snohomosh County, Washington was named Number Four on MoneyCNN's list of Top 100 Best Places to Live in America for 2010. It is off highway I-405 east of Seattle and Mercer Island and sightly north of Beaux Arts Village. A number of enjoyable county or state parks are located in the same area and Bellevue leaders have dedicated significant efforts to achieving sustainability.

Bellevue is also one of the many fast-growing suburbs in America, also termed a North American boomburb, because of its accelerated growth and addition of urban features to its suburban core. Once a rural area, Bellevue began to grow quickly after the I-90 bridge to Seattle was opened in in 1940 and a second bridge was opened in the early 1960s (see photo below). A shopping center followed to bring additional residents and visitors to Bellevue. In the 2010s, four major shopping malls are located in the four directions of Bellevue.

Planning and construction for the 2010s include developing more of the Downtown Bellevue district and the area of the city near Redmond, Washington. New businesses and shopping, along with light rail are thought to guarantee future growth.

On the 90 Express

Mercer Island

The City of Mercer Island is located between Seattle and Bellevue, just west of Beaux Arts Village, in Lake Washington. It is crossed by a floating bridge on highway I-90. The city/island is roughly five miles long by two miles wide, encompassing about 6.25 square miles of land along I-90 on the way to the picturesque community of the Town of Beaux Arts Village south of Bellevue (see attached maps).

The island serves as a suburban residential area for Seattle-Bellevue, with natural preservation areas in parks and green spaces, developed beaches and shorelines for residents and tourists, and a modern businhess district that includes historic sites as well.

I-90 Floating Bridge

According to photographer Joe Mabel, this is the Homer Hadley Bridge on the left for westbound motor vehicles, pedestrians, and bicycles; and Lacey V. Murrow Bridge on the right for eastbound vehicles.
According to photographer Joe Mabel, this is the Homer Hadley Bridge on the left for westbound motor vehicles, pedestrians, and bicycles; and Lacey V. Murrow Bridge on the right for eastbound vehicles. | Source

Beaux Arts Village

Beaux Arts Village:
Beaux Arts, WA 98004, USA

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Beaux Arts Village

This historic community is a 1908 artists' colony, now a town, three miles from Bellevue. It has lost a few residents in the 2000s, but is home to 298 people in 2010 and one of the most affluent areas in King County with homes raging in values from $800K - up.. Average family incomes are high, although average incomes for males are about twice that of females living in this town.

Incorporated in the early 1950s by art students and artists,, the town is still home to the Beaux Arts Western Academy. Membership is included with the purchase of each home in the town. The theme of the artists' colony was lost in the 1940s as the land was divided into lots and sold for homes; and the beach developed to become a center of family activities. Very small, the land area of the town is only 1/10 square mile, matched by 1/10 water area along its 1,100 feet along the shoreline of eastern Lake Washington, according to town records.

The shoreline is owned by the Beaux Arts Western Academy and the private beach is reserved by Beaux Arts Village regulations for residents and their invited guests. Residents must accompany their guests on the beach as well. For added safety, the town has become an active Block Watch Community. Crime rates are extremely low each year.

Annual special events held in Beaux Arts Village include a yearly sailboat race festival, a summer picnic and overnight camp on the beach, and the big Winter Dinner. Smaller events are also ongoing.


Sustainability is promoted in the town, specifically in a woodlands and shoreline habitation protect to protect and promote native plants and wildlife. Home renovators and builders are asked to be aware that Bald Eagles live be in the area and must be accommodated and protected.

The ultimate in sustainability is embraced by the Beaux Arts Centennial Home, a model of the concept of green living and environmental conservation. it is constructed of 96% recycled housing materials, solar energy power, a clean ventilation system, rain gardens, and water-collecting porous pavements to save water and provide cool temperatures in the summer.

These are examples of the range of sustainability reached in King County and adopted by Bellevue and nearby towns.

Largest Hiring Companies

The largest hiring companies inside the Bellevue city limits consistently include

  1. Microsoft,
  2. Amazon,
  3. Overlake Hospital Medical Center,

with a total listing of several thousand jobs among the three companies across all Internet resources; including 2,800+ jobs at Microsoft advertised in Mid-summer 2010.

Largest Companies by Number of Employees

Largest Bellevue companies as of the end of 2006:

  1. T-Mobile
  2. Overlake Hospital Medical Center
  3. City of Bellevue and Bellevue School District
  4. Verizon

Gradual Job Increases 2010 - 2014

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Top 10 Hot Jobs

  1. Software Development Engineers
  2. Project Managers
  3. Event Specialists
  4. Administrative Assistants
  5. Account Executives
  6. Financial Analysts
  7. Sales Representatives
  8. Nurse Practitioners
  9. Medical Assistants
  10. Registered Nurses

Additional High Demand Jobs

  1. Sales Associates
  2. Program Managers
  3. Software Engineers
  4. Programmers

Top Hiring Companies

In 2010, 61,000 jobs were available, compared to 96,400+ in July 2010. Top companies for hiring are:

  2. Microsoft
  3. University of Washington
  4. Providence Health & Services
  5. Multicare Health System
  6. Starbucks
  7. Swedish Medical Center
  9. Deloitte
  10. Nordstrom
  11. Expedia
  12. Overlake Hospital Medical Center
  13. Virginia Mason Medical Center
  14. Group Health Cooperative
  15. JPMorgan Chase

High Demand Microsoft Jobs

  1. Software Development Engineers in "Test II" Jobs
  2. Senior Software Development Engineers
  3. Senior Program Managers
  4. Account Executives
  5. Administrative Assistants
  6. Program Managers II
  7. Senior Software Development Engineers - Bing 
  8. Project Managers

Most Frequently Listed Jobs, University of Washington

  1. Patient Services Specialists
  2. Clinical Laboratory Technicians
  3. Clinical Technologists
  4. Research Scientist/Engineers
  5. Program Coordinators
  6. Research Coordinators
  7. Program Operations Specialists
  8. UWMC RNs - Registered Nurses
  9. Administrative Specialists
  10. Program Assistants
  11. Software Engineers
  12. Regulatory Affairs Director
  13. Fiscal Specialists

Highest Demand Jobs

  1. Software Development Engineers
  2. Software Development Engineers for Kindle
  3. Technical Program Managers
  4. Mobile Content Operations
  5. Senior Financial Analysts
  6. Quality Assurance Engineers
  7. Merchandising Specialists
  8. Kindle Vendor Managers
  9. Software Development Engrs - Amazon Digital
  10. Software Devel. Mgrs, Other
  11. Software Development Engineer, GPS - Global Payment Services
  12. Software Engineer - Media
  13. Employee Resource Center Associates

Bellevue, Washington

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Bellevue, Washington (public domain).Comparison: rural Bellevue in 1902.
Bellevue, Washington (public domain).
Bellevue, Washington (public domain).
Comparison: rural Bellevue in 1902.
Comparison: rural Bellevue in 1902.
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Bellevue Arts Museum


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    • Kamran100 profile image


      9 years ago

      NiCe HuB

    • BRANCH66 profile image


      9 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Excellent writing! Great display! Keep It 100!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thsi area of Washignton is wonderful! Triplet Mom - You must enjoy it there very much. Will look for info on route 520 - thanks!

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      9 years ago from San Jose, Ca

      Cool hub!

    • Triplet Mom profile image

      Triplet Mom 

      9 years ago from West Coast

      Great hub! I work in Bellevue but live in Seattle. There are actually two floating bridges from Seattle to Bellevue I-90 and 520!!

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      Luis Bivar Ramos 

      9 years ago from Porto, Portugal

      Great Hub, congrats!

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      9 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Another well research hub. The area is 'green" as compared to California...

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      Hello, hello, 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for a very impressive hub with beautiful pictures.

    • JBeadle profile image

      J Beadle 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      Wish I was in the Washington area. I need you to write a hub about the 10 best jobs in Madison Wisconsin!

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      9 years ago from Singapore

      I was expecting Google to be amongst the top hiring companies. Overall an excellent hub.

    • MrKnowledge profile image


      9 years ago from Tacoma!

      There's a lot to do in this area of Washington. I'm from Tacoma, myself, and I love it here. While we may be no Silicon Valley, most of the worlds technology has some sort of Seattle imprint on it.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      I think there must be fishing around Bellevue in park areas and around lakes. Probably golf, too!

    • World-Traveler profile image


      9 years ago from USA

      Washington is a great place to live. I lived in Washington. Fishing, camping and sports activities are in abundance, and so are the jobs!


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