"Bellevue" is derived from the French term belle vue ("beautiful view") It is an Eastside city located across Lake Washington from Seattle. It is the third-largest city in the Seattle metropolitan area with a population is approximately 148,164.
Since 2005, the city has become a hub for software engineering and other technology development centers. These include Expedia, PACCAR Inc, T-Mobile US, Eddie Bauer, SAP Concur, and Symetra. Microsoft was at one point headquartered in Bellevue but has since moved to the neighboring community of Redmond, Washington. Microsoft was at one point headquartered in Bellevue but has since moved to the neighboring community of Redmond, Washington.
Bellevue lies between Lake Washington (west) and the smaller Lake Sammamish (east). The city is bisected by Interstate 405 running north-south, and both State Route 520 and Interstate 90 running from west-east by Interstate 90.
While business booms downtown, much of Bellevue retains a small-town feel, with thriving, woodsy neighborhoods and a vast network of trails. With nearly 100 parks, Bellevue is known as "a city in a park. Bellevue is also the site of the popular annual Bellevue Arts and Crafts Fair, as well as the biennial Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition.