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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Council Roundup: Bellevue more educated, professional

According to Census Bureau surveys, the percentage of Bellevue residents with college degrees keeps climbing, along with the percentage of those in management and professional occupations.

Staff from the Planning and Community Development Department presented the data to the City Council Monday, which PCD and other departments use when planning programs and services.

Estimates from the 2005-2009 American Community Survey, released along with some results from the 2010 census in recent months, show about 60 percent of Bellevue's residents, 25 years and older, have bachelor's degrees or higher. That's up from 54 percent in 2000 and 46 percent in 1990.
The 2005-2009 ACS also shows about 58 percent of Bellevue's workforce in management or professional occupations, up from 53 percent in 2000 and 40 percent in 1990.

In March, staff reported that, according to the 2010 census, minorities now comprise 41 percent of Bellevue's population, with Asians alone accounting for 28 percent, the highest share of any city in the state.

The American Community Survey provides additional details about the city's growing ethnic diversity. According to the ACS, Bellevue had the second highest number and 16th highest percentage of foreign-born residents out of all the cities in the state. About a third of Bellevue's population spoke a language other than English at home, up from 27 percent in 2000 and 14 percent in 1990.

According to the 2010 Census, 544 children lived in downtown Bellevue, up from 125 in 2000, an increase of 335 percent. Growing numbers of children have put pressure on local schools in certain neighborhoods.

Feedback: Gwen Rousseau, Associate Planner-Demographer, 425-452-2743 or grousseau@bellevuewa.gov

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