Best Places to Live - The 2012 List is Out! Redmond & Bellevue

Redmond and Bellevue rank in the top 50 of  CNN Money's annual Best Places To Live report. Redmond, WA

Top 100 rank: 5 Population: 55,200

Redmond may be home to one of the largest companies in the world, but life in the city is anything but a grind. With Seattle just 15 miles to the west, the Cascade Mountains a short drive to the east, and more than 90 wineries to the north, Microsoft's hometown is an ideal base camp for exploring the Northwest.Meanwhile, there's plenty to do right in Redmond, where historic buildings, quirky shops, eateries, and brewpubs mingle in colorful condo and retail developments with public art and giant evergreens. Redmond's picturesque neighborhoods, low crime rate, and stellar schools are a major part of the city's attraction.Bellevue, WA

Top 100 rank: 40 Population: 124,300

Thanks to major local employers like Microsoft, Expedia, Coinstar, and Puget Sound Energy, Bellevue has more employees than it has residents. Luckily its students have an edge on the competitive corporate world, attending schools that are regularly ranked among the top in the state. Traffic into Seattle is a perpetual snarl, but a light-rail line that will connect Bellevue and Seattle is in the works.
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