Somerset


Population: 8,311
Percentage of City: 6 percent
Under 18: 2,089 (25.1 percent of the area)
Housing Units: 2,890

Residents say that Somerset is what the founders of Bellevue – French for "beautiful view" – had in mind when they named the city. The hill called Somerset, which rises about 1,000 feet, is a favorite spot to gaze across Lake Washington to the Olympic Mountains. The beautiful view today includes Somerset's vantage point from which to watch the Blue Angels during Seafair, enjoy Fourth of July and New Year's Eve fireworks, or to take in panoramic views of Bellevue and Seattle.

Somerset is home to one of Bellevue’s most cohesive neighborhood associations. Somerset has many neighborhoods, including Somerset, Forest Hill, Eaglesmere, Westwood Highlands, Forest Park, Forest Park Meadow, Forest Glen and the Woods. Due to its proximity to I-90 and I-405, Somerset provides quick and easy access to employment, entertainment, shopping and recreation. Somerset also benefits from a network of trails and proximity to the Coal Creek Natural Area and Cougar Mountain trail system.

Somerset is home to the premier Somerset Elementary School, with students also attending Tyee Middle School and Newport High School.

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