Bellevue, Washington is located East of Seattle and is accessible from Seattle by using one of two bridges. Bellevue is commonly referred to as the Eastside due to its proximity to Seattle. Bellevue began as a bedroom community which was very popular with the Boeing employees back in the 70's. Bellevue is a rapidly growing city with several high rise towers currently under construction which will feature mixed use of retail stores, and condominiums. The Eastside contains the top 10 zip codes in the nation for high income areas. Bellevue Square is the local shopping mall with over 200 stores and many restaurants.
Bellevue schools are highly rated overall, and its four high schools were ranked in the Newsweek article, "Best High Schools In America 2005", and three were ranked in the top 50 nationally. Bellevue was rated 18 out of the nations 25 best places to live by Newsweek Magazine 2006.