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Overview

Introduction to Walla Walla, Washington

Walla Walla, Washington, in Walla Walla county, is 39 miles E of Kennewick, Washington (center to center) and 212 miles E of Portland, Oregon.

Walla Walla History

The present day city of Walla Walla was originally known as Steptoeville, named after Colonel Steptoe. Later on, the area was named after the Walla Walla Indian tribe who once inhabited the region. During 1836, Marcus Whitman and his wife, Narcissa Whitman, visited the place and established Whitman Mission in order to convert the local Walla Walla tribe to Christianity. However, they were killed by the Cayuse tribe. Walla Walla was incorporated on January 11, 1862.

Walla Walla and nearby Attractions

  • Whitman Mission National Historic Site
  • Fort Walla Walla Museum
  • Walla Walla Skatepark
  • Lewis and Clark Trail State Park
  • Bruce Memorial Museum
  • Children's Museum of Walla Walla

Things To Do In Walla Walla

In the city of Walla Walla, you can visit the Children’s Museum of Walla Walla and the Kirkman House Museum to explore the history of the region. Leisure hours can also be spent at Jefferson Park, Fort Walla Walla Park, Tietan Park, Pioneer Park, Wildwood Park, and Lions Park. You can shop for vintage collections at the Antique Mall of Walla Walla. You can also enjoy shopping at the Southgate Shopping Center, Eastgate Shopping Center and Plaza Shopping Center.

Walla Walla Transportation

Walla Walla Regional Airport is nearby.

Walla Walla Higher Education

Walla Walla Community College and Whitman College are the local colleges.

People

Total Population 31,957
Male Share of the Population 52.1%
Female Share of the Population 47.9%
Senior Citizens 14.7%
Employed Population 16+ 12,649
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 38.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.3%
Median Earnings25+ $29,143
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,928
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,771

Wealth

Median Family Income $55,720
% Above Poverty Level 77.6%
% Below Poverty Level 22.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 13 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 12.4%
% Using Public Transportation 1.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 38.5%
Median Gross Rent $756
Median House Value $170,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 37.1%
US/American 0.1%
English 11%
Irish 10.8%

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

Walla Walla Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 39 miles E of Kennewick, Washington (center to center)
Nearest Large City 212 miles E of Portland, Oregon
County Walla Walla
Standard Zip Codes 99362
Phone Area Codes 509
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 46.064
Longitude -118.341

Walla Walla 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 WALLA WALLA RGNL AP
Distance 3.7 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 41 F
Apr Temp 41 to 64 F
Jul Temp 61 to 90 F
Oct Temp 44 to 66 F
Annual Precip 20.8 inches
Station MILTON FREEWATER
Distance 8.7 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 42 F
Apr Temp 42 to 64 F
Jul Temp 60 to 88 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 15.9 inches
Station PENDLETON BR EXP STN
Distance 27.9 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 41 F
Apr Temp 36 to 62 F
Jul Temp 52 to 88 F
Oct Temp 35 to 65 F
Annual Precip 17.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
College Place 8,957 $53,234
Prescott 377 $29,896
Waitsburg 1,128 $60,833

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

Walla Walla Hospitals

WALLA WALLA GENERAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
1025 S SECOND AVE
(509) 525-0480
Emergency Service: Yes

ST MARY MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
401 W POPLAR ST
(509) 525-3320
Emergency Service: Yes

Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center
(VA)
77 Wainwright Drive
(509) 525-5200 or (888) 687-8863
Emergency Service:

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Walla Walla High Schools

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WALLA WALLA HIGH SCHOOL
800 ABBOTT RD
509-527-3020
Serves 1,941 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.3

OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM
919 S. 2ND
509-527-3052
Serves 153 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.5

PAINE CAMPUS AEP
421 S. 4TH AVE
509-527-3083
A Non-traditional School
Serves 113 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.3

PAINE CAMPUS
421 S. 4TH AVE
509-527-3083
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 98 students.

WALLA WALLA COUNTY JUVENILE DETENTION
455 W. ROSE STREET
509-527-3275
Serves 13 students.

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