Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington, with an estimated population of 145,300 in 2019, which is projected to reach 160,400 by 2035.
Source: Population estimates prior to 2000 and the 2035 forecast are from the Community Development Department. Estimates from 2000 forward are from the state Office of Financial Management. Official population estimates are for April 1 of the specified year.
With over 39% of its population having been born in a foreign country in 2017, Bellevue is culturally diverse with about 50% of its population being of a non-white race or ethnicity and 43% speaking a language other than English at home. Asians comprise just over 34% of Bellevue’s population, which is the 12th highest percentage in the nation for cities with 100,000 in population or more and the highest percentage of large cities outside of California and Hawaii.
Population Change Native and Foreign-Born, 1990-2017
In addition to being culturally diverse, Bellevue has a diversity of people of different ages living within the city. As baby boomers turn 65, older adults are comprising a larger proportion of Bellevue’s population resulting in a gradual evening out of Bellevue‘s age distribution. In 2017, residents under 20 years of age comprise about 21% of the population, the younger workforce ages 20 to 44 about 38%, the older workforce ages 45 to 64 about 27% and people 65 and over comprise another 14% of the population.
Education is highly valued among Bellevue’s residents as witnessed by the ever increasing share of people with bachelor’s degrees or higher. About 68% of Bellevue’s population 25 years and older had a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2017, nearly half of whom had a graduate or professional degree.
Having a large share of adults with high levels of educational attainment, Bellevue also has a large share of workers who are in management, business, science and arts occupations, at about 64% in 2017. About another 17% worked in sales and office occupations, 12% in service occupations, 5% in production, transportation and material moving occupations and about three percent in natural resource, construction and maintenance occupations.
Earnings and Household Income
While median earnings and household incomes were relatively high in Bellevue in 2017 at $73,092 and $121,168 respectively, a range of earnings and incomes existed. About a 10th of Bellevue’s working residents earned less than $35,000 a year and about a fifth of Bellevue’s households had incomes less than $50,000 a year. About 6.5% of Bellevue’s population were in poverty in 2017.
Households and Housing Diversity
Household Types and Sizes
A diversity of household types exists within Bellevue with married couples without children comprising the largest share at 32% of all households in 2017 followed by married couples with children at 26% and single-person households at 25%. The average household size was about 2.40 people per household in 2017.
Housing Structure Types and Sizes
A range of housing types exists in the city to house Bellevue’s diverse population. In 2017, about 47% of Bellevue’s housing stock was in single family detached structures, another 11% was in town home, duplex, triplex and fourplexes; the remaining 42% of housing units were in structures with five or more units. About 55% of Bellevue’s occupied housing units were owner-occupied and 45% were renter-occupied in 2017.
The number of bedrooms in housing units also varies in Bellevue. In 2017, about 6% of housing units in the city were studios with no bedroom and about 8% had five bedrooms or more. About 16% were one-bedroom units, 29% two-bedroom, 20% three bedroom and 21% four-bedroom housing units.
Cost of housing in Bellevue varies as well. About 26% of Bellevue's households were cost burdened in 2017 paying 30% or more of their incomes on housing. The median monthly housing cost for households without a mortgage was about $920 a month. Households with a mortgage paid a median of $2,864 a month, and households that rent paid a median of about $1,837 a month. About 34% of renters in Bellevue spent 30% or more of their incomes on housing in 2017, followed by 23% of households with a mortgage and about 17% of households without a mortgage.
On the rest of these pages you will find more detail about Bellevue's demographic, social, economic and housing characteristics, as well as a summary of demographic trends. Demographic profiles for Bellevue's neighborhood areas will be coming soon.