Bellevue is an exciting and vibrant place for commerce, international trade and technology innovation. With a highly educated population, the city is a vibrant place for entrepreneurs and a growing international trade center. Global leading businesses here include PACCAR, Microsoft, T-Mobile, Boeing, Expedia, Concur, Puget Sound Energy, Key Bank, Symetra and Eddie Bauer. Bellevue is a regional center for luxury shopping, retail, restaurants, tourism and hotels. The vibrant downtown has more than 40 high-rise office towers and some of the top revenue-earning retail centers and movie theaters in the nation at the Bellevue Collection and Bravern.
Bellevue is a major regional job center, with more people (140,000-plus) working in the city than living in it. It is a leader in commerce, not only for the Eastside, but for the entire region. A diversified mix of businesses exists in Bellevue. Many businesses are small shops or small- to medium-sized service businesses, but Bellevue is also home to numerous companies with more than 1,000 employees, including about company headquarters and international trade operations.
The maps, reports and statistics here offer a by-the-numbers look at Bellevue's business environment. The Planning & Community Development Department tracks general demographics, with U.S. Census and other population data related to Bellevue.
Key Facts about Bellevue's Economy:
- In the last 35 years, Bellevue has been transformed from a primarily residential community with about 20,000 jobs to a major regional economic and employment center with greater than 140,000 jobs and 143 headquarters. Services, a particularly strong sector, includes software, Internet, archicture, law, finance, enviromental management and engineering.
- Bellevue has a particularly strong employment base in new economy industries such as engineering and information technology and digital media. The percentage of jobs in Bellevue in these growing and well-paying industries is significantly higher than in the region as a whole.
- Large employers account for a substantial number of jobs locally and regionally. Entities employing 1,000 or more persons in Bellevue include Bellevue Community College, the Bellevue School District, the City of Bellevue, Boeing Shared Services Group, Expedia, Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Puget Sound Energy, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless.
- In 2008, 13 of the state’s 100 largest public companies and nine of the state’s largest private companies were headquartered in Bellevue.
- International diversity in business reflects the city's ethnic diversity and strong worldwide trade activity, especially with Asia and Europe. Currently, about 90 languages are spoken in Bellevue and 136 in the metropolitan-county area.