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Bellevue Beat | Bellevue Again Named A Best Place to Live

Money Magazine has named Bellevue one of America's best small cities for 2012, ranking it number 40 on its top 100 list. It's the fourth straight time Bellevue has cracked the magazine's list of top small cities.

Bellevue, along with the top 100 small cities, offers that American families care about most--strong job opportunities, great schools, low crime, quality health care and plenty to do. With major local employers like Microsoft, Expedia, Eddie Bauer, Paccar, Coinstar and Puget Sound Energy, Bellevue has more employees than it has residents (estimated at 124,300).

Bellevue students have an edge on the competitive corporate world, attending schools that are ranked among the best high schools in the country. Five Bellevue high schools ranked among the best high schools in the country.

"We're gratified to be recognized for the fourth time as one of the best places to live in the country," said Mayor Conrad Lee.

Since 2006, Money has been doing a survey every other year of what it determines to be the best cities with a population between 50,000 and 300,000. Bellevue has made the list every time, climbing as high as No. 4 in 2010, 42 in 2008 and 21 in 2006. 

Here's how Bellevue compared to the Top 10 Best Places to Live this year:

[Click to enlarge] Bellevue Named A Best Place to Live|

For a complete ranking, visit CNN Money Best Places to Live 2012.

Published: August 31, 2012.
Photo courtesy of Visit Bellevue Washington



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