Introduction to Moses Lake, Washington

Moses Lake, Washington, in Grant county, is 63 miles N of Kennewick, Washington (center to center) and 146 miles E of Seattle, Washington.

Moses Lake History

Moses Lake was originally known as Neppel. It was later renamed in honor of Chief Moses, chief of the Native Americans called Sinkiuse-Columbia, who had inhabited the area before the arrival of the white settlers. Chief Moses was arrested for the 1878 murder of a white couple whose bodies were found near Rattlesnake Springs. He was tried for murder but found innocent. After he was freed, Chief Moses met with President Rutherford B. Hayes and surrendered control of Columbia basin to the United States Government. The area was then opened up for homesteading. The earliest white settlers were mostly farmers.

Moses Lake and nearby Attractions

  • Centennial Theatre
  • Farmers Market
  • Highlander Greens Golf & Practice Centre
  • Moses Lake Family Aquatic Center
  • Moses Lake Museum & Art Center
  • Municipal Ice Skating Rink

Things To Do In Moses Lake

Moses Lake offers plenty of opportunities for shopping, dining, sight-seeing, sports, and aquatic activities. The Surf ‘n Slide Waterpark has an Olympic-size swimming pool, diving boards, a 300-foot lazy river, a couple of 200-foot water slides, and a FlowRider surfing stimulator. Memorial Day Weekend is celebrated with a lot of pomp and show.

Moses Lake Transportation

Grant County International Airport is nearby.

Moses Lake Higher Education

Higher education facilities are available at Big Bend Community College. Also, Columbia Basin College and Wenatchee Valley College are other institutions in the area.


Total Population 21,579
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 11.3%
Employed Population 16+ 8,668
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 49.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $53,149
% Above Poverty Level 85.4%
% Below Poverty Level 14.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 4.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%


People Living Alone 27.1%
Median Gross Rent $810
Median House Value $157,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 41.6%
US/American 0%
English 7.5%
Irish 7.8%

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

Moses Lake Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 63 miles N of Kennewick, Washington (center to center)
Nearest Large City 146 miles E of Seattle, Washington
County Grant
Standard Zip Codes 98837
Phone Area Codes 509
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 47.13
Longitude -119.276

Moses Lake Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 16.8 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 34 F
Apr Temp 40 to 64 F
Jul Temp 61 to 88 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 7.6 inches
Distance 26.3 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 61 F
Jul Temp 54 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 61 F
Annual Precip 8.4 inches
Station CONNELL 1 W
Distance 37.1 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 65 F
Jul Temp 55 to 89 F
Oct Temp 38 to 65 F
Annual Precip 8.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Mae (98837)

Raugust (98837)

Wheeler (98837)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ephrata 7,948 $62,012
Othello 7,624 $49,853
Royal City 1,695 $30,577
Soap Lake 1,766 $33,333
Warden 2,735 $44,250
Wilson Creek 185 $47,386

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

Moses Lake Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(509) 765-5606
Emergency Service: Yes

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Moses Lake High Schools

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Student/teacher ratio: 23.6

Serves 311 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.9

Moses Lake Colleges

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