Nearly half of Bellevue's college graduates have degrees in science and engineering, putting it in the top 13 percent of large cities in the country for that category, according to census data.
A recent analysis of statistics from the 2010 American Community Survey indicates that 49 percent of residents 25 years old and over with bachelor's degrees majored in science and engineering. Confirming Bellevue's place as a national high-tech hub, the ACS also reveals that the city has the sixth highest percentage of college graduates with degrees specifically in computer science, mathematics and statistics (12 percent).
"With this kind of workforce, we're in a pretty enviable place in today's knowledge economy," said Planning Director Dan Stroh.
The city's Planning & Community Development Department tracks Bellevue's demographics to stay abreast of the community's social and economic needs.
The ACS, an ongoing survey from the U.S. Census Bureau, provides regular data on how Americans live, including their education, housing and jobs. Additional estimates from the ACS, which summarized data from about 550 of the largest cities throughout the nation, include:
- 59.1 percent of Bellevue's residents 25 years and over have a bachelor's degree or higher, putting it in the top 6 percent of large cities;
- Bellevue had one of the lowest percentages of college graduates with a degree in education (5 percent), compared to 14 percent nationwide;
- 21 percent of the city's college graduates majored in the arts and humanities and 19 percent majored in business, similar to percentages nationwide (22 and 20 percent respectively); and
- Bellevue was among the bottom half of cities for the percentage of college graduates with a degree in psychology (2 percent), compared with 5 percent nationwide.
The high percentage of college grads with degrees in science and engineering generally reflects the distribution of jobs in Bellevue, with science and engineering industries comprising over 40 percent of all jobs here. Forbes Magazine recently ranked the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett metro area the No. 1 region for high-tech job growth in the nation, based on long- and short-term job numbers.
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