THE 10 BEST Neighborhoods In Bellevue For 2020


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Bellevue are the best of the best.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Bellevue.
Best Neighborhoods In Bellevue

Do you like your neighborhood?

Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors?

No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Bellevue, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits -- less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Bellevue neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Bellevue are the best. If you're in one of the places we're about to highlight, odds are you know you've got it made. So, if you're thinking of moving to Washington and Bellevue is on the top of your list, check out our best neighborhoods to live in.

So what's the best neighborhood to live in Bellevue for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Somerset looks to be the best Bellevue neighborhood to live in.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Bellevue that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you're interested in the worst neighborhoods in Bellevue.

Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Bellevue

Population: 13,614
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $710,550 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $132,161 (Fourth best)
More on Somerset: Homes For Sale | Data

Somerset is a neighborhood in Bellevue, Washington. It contains Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, Eastgate Park and Somerset Elementary School. Residents say Somerset is what the founders of Bellevue French for beautiful view must have had in mind when they named the city. The hill called Somerset, which tops out just under 1,000 feet, turned out to be a favorite spot to gaze out across Lake Washington and Seattle to Puget Sound and the Olympic mountains. And the beautiful view continues today, with Somerset being a favorite vantage point from which to watch the Blue Angels during Seafair, enjoy Fourth of July and New Year's Eve fireworks or to just take in panoramic views of Bellevue and Seattle.

Population: 220
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $834,700 (Second best)
Median Income: $196,083 (First best)
More on Beaux Arts: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 5,654
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $852,171 (First best)
Median Income: $163,075 (Second best)
More on Lakemont: Homes For Sale | Data

Lakemont is a neighborhood located on the Northern face of Cougar Mountain and is often used to refer to many of the communities on Cougar Mountain centered on Lakemont Park and Lewis Creek Park. The majority of Lakemont is located within the city limits of Bellevue, Washington but part of it also falls within Issaquah, Washington. The neighborhood falls fully within the Issaquah School District. Some sections within the Lakemont Community Association include Branderwood, Brighton, Creekside Circle, Longshadow Ridge, Wyngate, Woodcroft, Greystone, Findley Court, Silverleaf, Vuemont Meadows, Collingwood, Sky Mountain, Stratford, Chandler Park, Lakemont Woods,Forest Ridge, the Summit, Belvedere and Lakemont Highlands. There is one small shopping center in Lakemont with a variety of stores. Lakemont borders the nearby cities of Issaquah and Newport, and is one of the largest suburban areas of Bellevue.

Meydenbauer Bellevue, WA

Population: 3,337
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $798,100 (Third best)
Median Income: $125,502 (Fifth best)
More on Meydenbauer: Homes For Sale | Data

Meydenbauer Center is a convention center in Bellevue, Washington. It is located adjacent to Bellevue City Hall and Interstate 405. The center opened in 1993. It has a 36,000-square-foot exhibition hall, a 12,000-square-foot meeting room, a 410-seat performing arts theatre, and 434 parking spaces. In 2009 the center added a 2,500 sqft executive center that includes three meeting rooms. Meydenbauer Center hosts over 300 events each year including conventions, corporate meetings and events, and trade shows.

Population: 2,676
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $599,600 (Tenth best)
Median Income: $120,536 (Seventh best)
More on Tam O'shanter: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 2,698
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $534,733 (16th best)
Median Income: $115,846 (Eighth best)
More on Newport Hills: Homes For Sale | Data

Newport is a neighborhood in Bellevue, WA. It contains the Newport Hills/Lake Heights neighborhoods east of Interstate 405 and the Newport Shores district lying along the Lake Washington Shore, west of I-405.

Population: 3,989
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $484,175 (17th best)
Median Income: $114,421 (Tenth best)
More on Interlake: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 3,539
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $636,967 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $114,818 (Ninth best)
More on Woodbridge: Homes For Sale | Data

Eastgate Bellevue, WA

Population: 6,570
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $608,910 (Ninth best)
Median Income: $113,914 (11th best)
More on Eastgate: Homes For Sale | Data

Eastgate is a neighborhood of Bellevue, Washington, United States. The population was 4,958 at the 2010 census. It was annexed by Bellevue in 2012.

Population: 361
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $684,800 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $122,488 (Sixth best)
More on West Lake Sammamish: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Best Bellevue, WA Neighborhoods In 2020

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Bellevue, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 23 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the "Best City Neighborhood In Bellevue." We're lookin' at you, Somerset.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Bellevue, Washington has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Bellevue

If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Bellevue where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Bellevue aren't all good. Overlake takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Bellevue.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Bellevue For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Somerset 13,614 $710,550 $132,161
2 Beaux Arts 220 $834,700 $196,083
3 Lakemont 5,654 $852,171 $163,075
4 Meydenbauer 3,337 $798,100 $125,502
5 Tam O'shanter 2,676 $599,600 $120,536
6 Newport Hills 2,698 $534,733 $115,846
7 Interlake 3,989 $484,175 $114,421
8 Woodbridge 3,539 $636,967 $114,818
9 Eastgate 6,570 $608,910 $113,914
10 West Lake Sammamish 361 $684,800 $122,488
11 Newport Shores 1,244 $766,033 $146,453
12 Hidden Valley 2,346 $565,850 $105,478
13 Bridle Trails 10,425 $553,243 $109,486
14 Downtown 16,391 $559,160 $108,051
15 Wilburton 6,476 $480,825 $92,510
16 Phantom Lake 2,664 $558,133 $92,363
17 North Bellevue 2,002 $680,400 $112,495
18 Crossroads 5,593 $449,260 $74,302
19 Factoria 3,286 $465,800 $96,201
20 Lake Hills 13,340 $467,150 $87,421
21 Vasa 1,459 $573,033 $95,191
22 Robinswood 1,723 $431,267 $78,073
23 Overlake 12,215 $421,980 $94,108

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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