City in a Park Welcomes the World
Over the past several decades, Bellevue has grown from a quiet, suburban community into a dynamic, international and multicultural city.
Bellevue has a resident population of 148,100 and a daytime population of approximately 190,000, which includes workers, students and visitors. The community has diversified in age, race and ethnicity, income, and abilities. There are now over 98 languages spoken in our schools and people of color represent over 50 percent of the resident population.
In the past five years, Bellevue has seen tremendous growth and economic investment. Major transportation projects, such as light-rail transit, are connecting the city and the region and bringing major employers and housing to our Downtown corridor.
However, not everyone has benefited from the growth and opportunities. Bellevue is struggling with the pains of growth, including a lack of affordable housing and increasing homelessness. As property values have risen, more seniors struggle to afford “aging in place.” With increased development, concerns about environmental sustainability and maintaining our “City in a Park” have also grown. And there has been a drop in residents’ “sense of community” and an increase in cross cultural tensions.
Bellevue’s commitment to building an equitable and resilient community is shaped by our guiding principles to enrich the quality of life for all through . . .
“Bellevue welcomes the world.
Our diversity is our strength.
We embrace the future while respecting our past.”
-City Council Vision, 2014
Over the past seven years, these principles have been tested and put into action. Some examples of our commitment to equity include:
Moving beyond words: Bellevue continually reinvests in the work of becoming a more equitable and resilient community. We understand that there are profound challenges to overcome in becoming a more just and equitable community, and that work will never be finished.
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