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Overview

Introduction to Ellensburg, Washington

Ellensburg, Washington, in Kittitas county, is 27 miles N of Yakima, Washington (center to center) and 93 miles SE of Seattle, Washington. About 15,414 people live in Ellensburg.

Ellensburg History

The area presently known as Ellensburg was initially called Robber's Roost. The Yakama Indians were the original inhabitants of this region. The white settlers arrived in the early 1860s. The area was formally incorporated on November 26, 1883. Its first postmaster, John A. Shoudy, named the city after his wife Mary Ellen. The Daily Record, the newspaper of Ellensburg, started reporting on Kittitas County in 1909. Around 1889, the city was under consideration to become the capital of Washington. However, the bid went to Olympia when downtown Ellensburg was damaged by fire on July 4, 1889.

Ellensburg and nearby Attractions

  • Ginkgo/ Wanapum State Park
  • Kittitas County Museum
  • Olmstead Place State Park
  • Ginkgo Interpretive Trails

Things To Do In Ellensburg

During your stay in Ellensburg, you can visit the Clymer Museum of Art, Kittitas County Museum, and Bouillon Library to explore the city’s history. The local parks include Whitney Park, Reed Park, Kiwanis Park, Memorial Park, West Side Park, and Mountain View Park. Golf enthusiasts can spend their leisure hours at Carey Lakes Golf Course, Ellensburg Golf and Country Club, and Sun Country Golf Resort. The Showplace Antique Mall and Thorp Fruit and Antique Mall are also worth visiting.

Ellensburg Transportation

Air transportation is available from Yakima Air Terminal/Mcallister Field Airport.

Ellensburg Higher Education

Central Washington University is the local university. Higher educational facilities are also offered at Yakima Valley Community College, University of Washington-Seattle Campus, and Wenatchee Valley College.

People

Total Population 18,455
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 8.4%
Employed Population 16+ 8,618
Age of the Population 24

Families

% of people married 26.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 39.8%
Median Earnings25+ $27,910
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $13,727
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,648

Wealth

Median Family Income $60,650
% Above Poverty Level 61.2%
% Below Poverty Level 38.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 20.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 35.1%
Median Gross Rent $778
Median House Value $190,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23.2%
US/American 0.3%
English 11.3%
Irish 14.7%

Ellensburg Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 27 miles N of Yakima, Washington (center to center)
Nearest Large City 93 miles SE of Seattle, Washington
County Kittitas
Standard Zip Codes 98926
P.O. Box Zip Codes 98950
Phone Area Codes 509
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 46.996
Longitude -120.546

Ellensburg Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station ELLENSBURG
Distance 2.2 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 34 F
Apr Temp 34 to 60 F
Jul Temp 53 to 83 F
Oct Temp 33 to 62 F
Annual Precip 9.1 inches
Station CLE ELUM
Distance 23 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 36 F
Apr Temp 34 to 58 F
Jul Temp 53 to 80 F
Oct Temp 35 to 60 F
Annual Precip 22.8 inches
Station WENATCHEE AP
Distance 32.3 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 34 F
Apr Temp 40 to 63 F
Jul Temp 60 to 87 F
Oct Temp 40 to 62 F
Annual Precip 8.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Ellensburg, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Doris (98950)

Thrali (98926)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cle Elum 2,551 $46,161
Kittitas 1,241 $36,354
Naches 936 $52,273
Selah 7,328 $48,958
South Cle Elum 530 $60,568
Tieton 1,319 $47,250

Ellensburg Hospitals

KITTITAS VALLEY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
603 SOUTH CHESTNUT
(509) 962-9841
Emergency Service: Yes

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ELLENSBURG HIGH SCHOOL
1300 E 3RD AVE
509-925-8300
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 952 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.2

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11042 PARKE CREEK ROAD
509-968-3924
Serves 17 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

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