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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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population18,957
Male Share of the Population48.4%
Female Share of the Population51.6%
Senior Citizens10.3%
Employed Population 16+8,793
Age of the Population24

Families

% of people married26.6%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher43.5%
Median Earnings25+$32,606
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,085
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,863

Wealth

Median Family Income$65,205
% Above Poverty Level63.3%
% Below Poverty Level36.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work18.5%
% Using Public Transportation0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone38.7%
Median Gross Rent$807
Median House Value$206,800

Ancestry

German24.9%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)21.7%
Irish12.4%
English10%
Norwegian5.2%
Italian4.6%
Swedish4.3%
Scottish2.5%
Dutch2.4%
French Except Basque2%
Polish1.8%
Russian1.7%
Danishn1.5%
African1%
Arab0.9%
Welsh0.8%
Canadian0.8%
Serbian0.6%
Hungarian0.5%
Finnish0.4%
Latvian0.4%
Portuguese0.4%
Czech0.4%
Swiss0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Lebanese0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Icelander0.2%
Croatian0.2%
West Indian0.1%
Greek0.1%
US/American0.1%
Australian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
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Ellensburg Almanac

CategoryValue
County Kittitas County
Standard Zip Codes98926
P.O. Box Zip Codes98950
Phone Area Codes509
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude46.97
Approximate Longitude-120.47

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)

StationELLENSBURG
Distance2.2 miles
Jan Temp19 to 34 F
Apr Temp34 to 60 F
Jul Temp53 to 83 F
Oct Temp33 to 62 F
Annual Precip9.1 inches
StationCLE ELUM
Distance23 miles
Jan Temp22 to 36 F
Apr Temp34 to 58 F
Jul Temp53 to 80 F
Oct Temp35 to 60 F
Annual Precip22.8 inches
StationWENATCHEE AP
Distance32.3 miles
Jan Temp22 to 34 F
Apr Temp40 to 63 F
Jul Temp60 to 87 F
Oct Temp40 to 62 F
Annual Precip8.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cle Elum2,580$48,798
Kittitas1,265$50,357
Naches683$50,662
Selah7,599$51,160
South Cle Elum524$64,821
Tieton1,382$48,352

Ellensburg Public Libraries

Ellensburg Public Library
209 NORTH RUBY STREET
Ellensburg, Washington
(509) 962-7252

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Ellensburg Hospitals

Kittitas Valley Community Hospital
(Government - District/authority)
603 S Chestnut St
(509) 962-9841

Ellensburg Public Schools

Damman Elementary
41 Manastash Rd
ZIP: 98926
(509) 925-4567
Primary
Total Enrollment 40
Ellensburg Developmental Preschool
400 E University Way, Cwu Psychology Bldg Rm 159
ZIP: 98926
(509) 925-8117
Primary
Total Enrollment 56
Ellensburg High School
1203 E Capitol
ZIP: 98926
(509) 925-8300
High
Total Enrollment 968
Excel High School
714 E Dean Nicholson Blvd., Ms 7565
ZIP: 98926
(509) 925-8308
High
K-12 Ellensburg Learning Center
210 Ruby Street
ZIP: 98926
(509) 925-8308
Other
Total Enrollment 17
Lincoln Elementary
200 S. Sampson
ZIP: 98926
(509) 925-8050
Primary
Total Enrollment 475
Morgan Middle School
400 E First
ZIP: 98926
(509) 925-8200
Middle
Total Enrollment 679
Mt. Stuart Elementary
705 W. 15th
ZIP: 98926
(509) 925-8400
Primary
Total Enrollment 489
Parke Creek Treatment Ctr
11042 Parke Creek Road
ZIP: 98926
(509) 968-4909
High
Total Enrollment 9
Valley View Elementary School
1508 E 3rd
ZIP: 98936
(509) 925-7316
Primary
Total Enrollment 471

Ellensburg Private Schools

Creative Kids Learning Ctr
102 North Ruby Street
ZIP: 98926
Elementary
Total Enrollment 30
Ellensburg Christian School
407 S Anderson
ZIP: 98926
Elementary
Total Enrollment 108
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