Overview

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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population16,442
Male Share of the Population50.4%
Female Share of the Population49.6%
Senior Citizens7.9%
Employed Population 16+5,896
Age of the Population25

Families

% of people married46.9%
Average household size4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher7.6%
Median Earnings25+$24,254
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,667
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,010

Wealth

Median Family Income$40,721
% Above Poverty Level75.4%
% Below Poverty Level24.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.6%
% Using Public Transportation0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone14.2%
Median Gross Rent$701
Median House Value$129,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)85.8%
English3.2%
German3%
Irish1.5%
Dutch0.5%
Norwegian0.4%
Italian0.3%
Danishn0.3%
French Except Basque0.3%
Polish0.2%
Scottish0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Russian0.2%
African0.1%
Swedish0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Arab0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
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Sunnyside Almanac

CategoryValue
CountyYakima County
Standard Zip Codes98944
Phone Area Codes509
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude46.44
Approximate Longitude-119.91

Sunnyside Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationSUNNYSIDE
Distance0.7 miles
Jan Temp25 to 40 F
Apr Temp39 to 67 F
Jul Temp56 to 89 F
Oct Temp37 to 67 F
Annual Precip7.1 inches
StationPROSSER
Distance15 miles
Jan Temp25 to 41 F
Apr Temp39 to 66 F
Jul Temp55 to 89 F
Oct Temp38 to 68 F
Annual Precip8.1 inches
StationYAKIMA MUNICIPAL AP
Distance30.8 miles
Jan Temp21 to 38 F
Apr Temp33 to 64 F
Jul Temp51 to 87 F
Oct Temp33 to 64 F
Annual Precip8.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Grandview11,124$48,554
Granger3,687$40,750
Mabton2,156$41,375
Prosser6,076$64,872
Toppenish8,906$46,134
Zillah3,118$71,406

Sunnyside Hospitals

Sunnyside Community Hospital
(Non-profit)
1016 Tacoma Avenue
(509) 837-1500

Sunnyside Public Schools

Chief Kamiakin Elementary School
1700 E. Lincoln Avenue
ZIP: 98944
(509) 837-6444
Primary
Total Enrollment 782
Harrison Middle School
810 S. 16th Street
ZIP: 98944
(509) 837-3601
Middle
Total Enrollment 780
Pioneer Elementary School
2101 E. Lincoln
ZIP: 98944
(509) 836-2200
Primary
Total Enrollment 736
Shs Graduation Alliance
1801 E Edison Ave
ZIP: 98944
(509) 837-5851
High
Sierra Vista Middle School
916 N. 16 Street
ZIP: 98944
(509) 836-4157
Middle
Total Enrollment 696
Sun Valley Elementary
1220 N. 16th Street
ZIP: 98944
(509) 837-5851
Primary
Total Enrollment 546
Sunnyside High School
1801 E. Edison Avenue
ZIP: 98944
(509) 837-2601
High
Total Enrollment 1858
Washington Elementary
800 E. Jackson Avenue
ZIP: 98944
(509) 837-3641
Primary
Total Enrollment 680

Sunnyside Private Schools

Sunnyside Christian School
811 North Ave
ZIP: 98944
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 291
Trinity Reformed Christian School
1505 Grant Ave
ZIP: 98944
Elementary
Total Enrollment 4
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