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.
"Thanks to major local employers like Microsoft, Expedia, Coinstar and Puget Sound Energy, Bellevue has more employees than it has residents," the magazine reports. "Luckily its students have an edge on the competitive corporate world, attending schools that are regularly ranked among the top in the state."
In the introduction, the magazine cited data from Onboard Informatics and other sources to identify cities with economic strength, quality health care, low crime, great schools and many activities.
"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, ranking No. 4 in 2010, 42 in 2008 and 21 in 2006.
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