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Washington

Bellevue

Nearest city: Bellevue
Population: 75,868
Median household income: $56,695

Bellevue, across Lake Washington from Seattle, is the state's fifth-largest city and one of its most diverse. The city has become a center for high-tech and retail jobs, its schools are top performers, and its attractions include a botanical garden and the Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art, which has one of the world's largest collections of dolls.

Runners-up:
Shoreline
Federal Way

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