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Seattle Times news librarian Gene Balk crunches the numbers

October 16, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Bellevue named one of the best places to live in the U.S.

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The Vuecrest area of Bellevue (Photo: GREG GILBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES)

Bellevue placed twelfth on a list of the “Top 100 Best Places To Live,” a ranking of small to mid-sized U.S. cities compiled by the website Livability.com.

The rankings, released on Wednesday, were developed for Livability.com by the University of Toronto’s Martin Prosperity Institute.

Researchers studied 1,200 U.S. cities with populations of 20,000 to 350,000.  The cities were evaluated in eight categories: economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and healthcare.

Bellevue’s highest score, 86 out of a possible 100, was in the amenities category, which includes cultural, entertainment, and recreational offerings as well as access to parks and nature.

Washington had a strong showing in this year’s rankings.  Five other Evergreen State cities placed in the top-100 behind Bellevue: Bellingham (25th), Tacoma (41st), Redmond (62nd), Everett (73rd) and Vancouver (96th).

Only two other states–California and Florida–can boast of six or more cities on the list.

Palo Alto, Calif., ranked first, one of 27 California cities to make the top-100.

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