Bellevue is an Eastside city within King County, located across Lake Washington from Seattle. The city's name is derived from the French term belle vue ("beautiful view"). It is the third-largest city in the Seattle metropolitan with a population of approximately 148,164.
The city has become a hub for software engineering and other technology development centers. These include Expedia, PACCAR Inc, T-Mobile US, Eddie Bauer, SAP Concur, and Symetra.
Bellevue lies between Lake Washington (west) and the smaller Lake Sammamish (east). The city is bisected by Interstate 405 running north-south, and both State Route 520 and Interstate 90 running from west-east by Interstate 90. While business booms downtown, much of Bellevue retains a small-town feel, with thriving, woodsy neighborhoods and a vast network of trails. Bellevue is also the site of the popular annual Bellevue Arts and Crafts Fair, as well as the biennial Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition.