Downtown Bellevue is undergoing rapid change. It is currently the second largest city center in Washington state with over 35,000 employees and 5,000 residents. 8 Based on per capita income, Bellevue is the 6th wealthiest of 522 communities in the state of Washington. 9 In 2008, Bellevue was named number 1 in CNNMoney's list of the best places to live and launch a business. 10 More recently, Bellevue was ranked as the 4th best place to live in America. The name "Bellevue" is French for "beautiful view".