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Part view from the down-town of Bellvue.

Bellevue, Washington

Bellevue 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,it is now categorized as an edge city or a boomburb.The population was 122,363 at the 2010 census.

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.Based on per capita income, Bellevue is the 6th wealthiest of 522 communities in the state of Washington.In 2008, Bellevue was named number 1 in CNNMoney's list of the best places to live and launch a business.More recently,Bellevue was ranked as the 4th best place to live in America.The name "Bellevue" is French for "beautiful view".

Sports and recreation

Since the 1970s, the city has taken an active role in ensuring that its commercial development does not overwhelm its natural land and water resources.Today, the Bellevue Parks and Community Services Department manages more than 2,500 acres (10 km2) of parks and open spaces, including the Downtown Park and the Bellevue Botanical Garden, as well as several playgrounds, beach parks, and trails. More than 5,500 Bellevue residents participate in volunteer activities through this department annually.

Bellevue was home to the American Basketball Association team, the Bellevue Blackhawks. The Blackhawks in 2005, despite being ranked 13th in the league, made it to the championship game in front of 15,000 fans in Little Rock, Arkansas.The team has been inactive since 2006.

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