Bellevue Fun Facts

October 12, 2010

More people (130,000-plus) work in Bellevue than live in it.

The city of Bellevue is home to the Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art which contains one of the largest doll collections in the world—more than a thousand dolls—displayed on two floors of a Victorian-style building.

Bellevue holds an annual Strawberry Festival to celebrate its strawberry farming history.

Bellevue was named Number 4 on MoneyCNN’s list of Top 100 Best Places to Live in America for 2010. In 2006 Bellevue was also rated one of the 25 safest cities in America.

Bellevue has had a Wi-Fi hotzone with free access in its central business district since 2007. Interesting to note, 45.79% (as of Dec 2009) of users on the network are iPhone and iPod Touch users.

Bellevue continues to have the largest percentage of foreign-born residents of any city in Washington. About 31 percent of Bellevue’s population is foreign-born, and one in every three residents speaks a language other than English at home.

One of Bellevue’s City Council members was recently attacked by a bear and survived.. minus one eye.

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