Home to Amazon’s Seattle campus and explosive growth over the past few years, many will be unsurprised to hear that the fastest-growing neighborhood in the region is South Lake Union. The second neighborhood, however, may come as a surprise. To get there, you have to travel to the Eastside…
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If you said Bellevue, then you are correct! According to Gene Balk at Seattle Times, the population in downtown Bellevue (which is covered by two census tracts) “increased by more than 5,200 from 2010 to 2017, a 73 percent increase.” This brings the population density to approximately 18,000 people per square smile, which is similar to that of South Lake Union.
As the article outlines, downtown Bellevue’s growth has been “made possible by zoning that allows for multifamily housing,” with Bellevue City Council approving additional plans to increase density. Overall, Bellevue saw growth of around 13 percent between 2010 and 2017, but much of its growth was isolated to Crossroads and downtown Bellevue, as “many of the city’s neighborhoods [which are primarily zoned single-family] grew at less than half that rate.”
While Seattle saw growth of just under 19 percent from 2010 to 2017, which put it first among the major cities in the U.S., other areas across the Eastside and Pacific Northwest are growing even faster than the Emerald City including Picnic-Point-North Lynnwood, Lake Stickney and Bothell above fifty percent; Snoqualmie, Issaquah, Carnation, Edgewood and Bonney Lake above twenty percent; and Redmond and Covington growing at a rate slightly lesser than Seattle.