Downtown Bellevue Park, one of Bellevue's many parks, offers an outdoor getaway in the heart of downtown.

Bellevue Downtown Park, one of Bellevue’s many parks, offers visitors open space to get outdoors in the heart of downtown.

Bellevue was recently named one of the “Top 100 Best Places to Live” in the United States by Livability.com, a national website that ranks quality of life amenities of America’s small and mid-sized cities. Bellevue ranked 12th on the list which includes cities across the country from Palo Alto, California (1st) to St. Louis, Missouri (100th).

The list was determined via a study conducted by Livability in partnership with Richard Florida’s Martin Prosperity Institute that analyzed data from over 1,700 cities throughout the U.S. with populations between 25,000 and 350,000. The data collected for the rankings were weighted based on a survey of U.S. citizens conducted for Livability by Ipsos Public Affairs. Respondents were asked about factors that make their communities better places to live, as well as the factors they would consider in selecting another city. Those factors were narrowed down to eight categories – economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and healthcare – that were used to determine each city’s LivScore.

Bellevue’s highest score, 86 out of a possible 100, was in the amenities category, which includes cultural, entertainment, and recreational offerings as well as access to parks and nature. Bellevue is home to over 2,500 acres of parks and open space, countless events  such as the annual Bellevue Arts Fair, and more than 120 works of public art, so it should come as no surprise that our fair city stood out in this category. Bellevue also placed high in the education (78 points) and demographics (77 points) categories due to the city’s nationally recognized schools and notable ethnic diversity.

To see the full list of the “Top 100 Best Places to Live” and view Bellevue’s complete ranking information, visit Livability.com by clicking here.  To learn more about Bellevue and the many things you can do while you’re here, head to www.visitbellevuewashington.com.