10 Best Places to Live in Washington

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6) Bellevue

The King County city of Bellevue is very appropriately named after its French meaning of “beautiful view,” and the downtown area is considered to be the second largest in the state of Washington. Home to hundreds of up and coming businesses, Bellevue demonstrates vast economic growth in combination with the surrounding cities hosting major corporations. The average household income in Bellevue is around $90,000, and its low crime rate once earned it a spot on a list of America’s 25 safest cities. The community shares a love for arts and crafts, as seen in the annual Bellevue Arts & Crafts Fair every summer. Residents also indulge in local sculpture and celebrate the history of strawberry harvesting with an annual Strawberry Festival. Families of Bellevue can enjoy numerous museums and cultural landmarks as well as an array of outdoor nature inspired activities and sports such as basketball.