Livability Ranks Bellevue 10th on List of Top 100 Places to Live

Livability.com has ranked Bellevue as No. 10 on its fifth annual list of Top 100 Places to Live. 

In its ranking, Livability notes Bellevue’s excellent public schools, well-educated workforce, highly rated health care network featuring three “fantastic” hospitals and quick growth of the downtown district. 

“Shoppers have choices like Bellevue Square and three major malls, and city officials are civic-minded when it comes to smart growth and advancing the community for the sake of everyone,” Livability says.

The list ranked 2,300 cities with populations ranging from 20,000 to 350,000 on more than 40 data points in eight categories: amenities, demographics, education, economy, health care, housing, social and civic capital, and transportation and infrastructure. 

On its website, Livability says it “explores what makes small-to-medium sized cities great places to live. Through proprietary research studies, engaging articles and original photography and video, we examine topics related to community amenities, education, sustainability, transportation, housing and the economy. We then leverage that expertise to develop city rankings for a range of topics including small towns, college towns and our annual Top 100 Best Places to Live.”

The cities that ranked above Bellevue were Ann Arbor, Michigan; Manhattan, Kansas; Corvallis, Oregon; Iowa City, Iowa; Charlottesville, Virginia; Palo Alto, California; Madison, Wisconsin; Santa Cruz, California; and Rochester, Minnesota. 

For more information on the rankings, visit Livability.com.

TripAdvisor Names Bellevue a Great Small City to Visit in 2018

TripAdvisor recently named Bellevue to its list of 23 Great American Small Cities to Visit in 2018. 

“Sandwiched between two lakes and a short distance from all the big sights and sounds of Seattle is relaxed Bellevue, delivering the lovely views its name suggests,” TripAdvisor says. “The predominantly modern architecture of the center is complemented by its well-groomed green spaces and the watery expanse of Lake Washington. Check out the sculpture garden at the Bellevue Arts Museum, walk among the plants at the serene Bellevue Botanical Garden or take the car out to a tasting room at one of the local wineries.”

The list notes many events visitors can check out this year, including the Bellevue Jazz and Blues Festival in May, the Strawberry Festival in June and the Bellevue Arts Fair on the last weekend of July.

Cle Elum, Washington, also made the list. For the full list, visit TripAdvisor.com.

Seattle Restaurants, 
Chefs Named James Beard 
Award Semifinalists

Several Atlanta restaurants and chefs have been named semifinalists for the 28th annual James Beard Foundation Awards. The awards gala will take place on Monday, May 7, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. 

Area restaurants and chefs named semifinalists are JuneBaby, Best New Restaurant; Evan Andres of Columbia City Bakery, Outstanding Baker; Canon, Outstanding Bar Program; Renee Erickson of Bateau, Outstanding Chef; Canlis, Outstanding Restaurant; Ethan and Angela Stowell of Ethan Stowell Restaurants, Outstanding Restaurateur; Wild Ginger, Outstanding Wine Program; Shota Nakajima of Adana and Maximillian Petty of Eden Hill, Rising Star Chef of the Year; Eric Donnelly of RockCreek, Edouardo Jordan of Salare, Taichi Kitamura of Sushi Kappo Tamura, Mark Schroder of Opus Co., Mutsuko Soma of Kamonegi, and Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchin of Joule, Best Chef: Northwest. 

Established in 1990, the James Beard Awards recognize culinary professionals for excellence and achievement in their fields and furthers the foundation’s mission to celebrate, nurture and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse and sustainable for everyone. This year’s awards were selected from a list of more than 20,000 online entries. The prestigious group of semifinalists in 21 categories represents a wide range of culinary talent, from exceptional chefs and dining destinations nationally and in 10 different regions across the U.S., to the best new restaurants, outstanding bar programs, bakers and rising star chefs 30 or younger. 

For a full list of semifinalists and more information on the James Beard Foundation, visit JamesBeard.org.