Bellevue is a 4th Class City established in 1870 with a population of 6,480. Situated in extreme northern Campbell County. Newport borders the west side, Dayton is to the east, Fort Thomas to the south and the Ohio River borders the north. Cincinnati, Ohio is directly across the river. The City takes pride in its history and has an abundance of wonderful architecture. In the 1980's the City of Bellevue was in an economic decline both in core housing and in the Fairfield Avenue business district. Historic Preservation was the impetus, which fostered new economic development into the City. Since 1987 there has been a total of seven million dollars invested into Bellevue and over 200 jobs created.