In the last few decades, Bellevue has transformed from a “bedroom” community with a small employment base into a major business and retail center. More people (140,000-plus) work in Bellevue than live in it, making the city the second largest employment center in King County.
A diversified mix of industries exists in Bellevue, with retail and service sectors being the largest. Department stores, car dealerships and electronic/computer stores lead the retail sector. In the service sector, a high concentration of real estate companies, engineering firms, financial institutions and accounting firms are based in the city. Of course, there are many high-tech firms in Bellevue, including software development, Internet and network services and digital media/video games.
Several of the 25 largest public companies in Washington are here, including Microsoft, Expedia, Puget Sound Energy, a regional electric and natural gas utility, and PACCAR, a manufacturer of trucks and other heavy equipment. Newer companies in the city make up many of the top 50 fastest-growing public companies in Washington.
Bellevue is a major trading center, with two major highways — Interstate 90 and Interstate 405 — converging about three miles south of downtown. The Port of Seattle, the second largest container port in the United States, and the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport are both about half an hour away.
Bellevue Office of Economic Development