Introduction to Sunnyside, Washington

Sunnyside, Washington, in Yakima county, is 30 miles SE of Yakima, Washington (center to center) and 139 miles NE of Portland, Oregon. The city is included in the Yakima metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 13,905 people lived in Sunnyside.

Sunnyside History

Walter Granger founded this settlement in 1893. Its name was suggested by a merchant called W.H. Cline. Cline had been involved in the construction and finance of the Sunnyside Canal, but the Panic of 1893 led his creditors to foreclose on the canal. This drove many families out of the town. However, Sunnyside was incorporated as a town in September 1902 when its population reached 300 residents, which made it eligible for incorporation.

Sunnyside and nearby Attractions

  • Sunnyside Museum
  • Lower Valley Golf Club
  • Sunnyview Park
  • Central Park
  • Lower Valley Memorial Gardens
  • Sunnyside Swimming Pool

Things To Do In Sunnyside

The Lighted Farm Implement Parade, which takes place annually in December, is reputed as "NW's premier lighted parade." It features farm implements such as boom trucks, swathers, grape pickers, sprayers, and many types of tractors decorated with colorful lights. The Darigold cheese factory is another popular site. Though it annually manufactures approximately 150 million pounds of cheese, it is more famous for its circus-like decorations and colorful façade. Visitors can partake in self-guided tours of the factory to learn how cheese is produced.

Sunnyside Transportation

Air transportation is available at Yakima Air Terminal.

Sunnyside Higher Education

Yakima Valley Community College, Central Washington University, and Columbia Basin College offer courses for higher education.


Total Population 16,204
Male Share of the Population 51.2%
Female Share of the Population 48.8%
Senior Citizens 8.1%
Employed Population 16+ 5,924
Age of the Population 25


% of people married 47.2%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 10.1%
Median Earnings25+ $21,063
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,021
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,242


Median Family Income $38,824
% Above Poverty Level 75%
% Below Poverty Level 25%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.7%
% Using Public Transportation 2.5%


People Living Alone 13.9%
Median Gross Rent $671
Median House Value $119,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 86.3%
US/American 0%
English 2%
Irish 1.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Sunnyside Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 30 miles SE of Yakima, Washington (center to center)
Nearest Large City 139 miles NE of Portland, Oregon
County Yakima
Metro Area Yakima
Standard Zip Codes 98944
Phone Area Codes 509
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 46.323
Longitude -120.007

Sunnyside Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.7 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 40 F
Apr Temp 39 to 67 F
Jul Temp 56 to 89 F
Oct Temp 37 to 67 F
Annual Precip 7.1 inches
Distance 15 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 41 F
Apr Temp 39 to 66 F
Jul Temp 55 to 89 F
Oct Temp 38 to 68 F
Annual Precip 8.1 inches
Distance 30.8 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 38 F
Apr Temp 33 to 64 F
Jul Temp 51 to 87 F
Oct Temp 33 to 64 F
Annual Precip 8.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Grandview 11,083 $42,206
Granger 3,404 $39,408
Mabton 2,329 $38,684
Prosser 5,819 $62,922
Toppenish 9,006 $33,325
Zillah 3,100 $64,107

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Sunnyside Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(509) 837-1500
Emergency Service: Yes

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Sunnyside High Schools

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Serves 1,347 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.5

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Serves 158 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.3

Sunnyside Colleges

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