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Overview

Introduction to Yakima, Washington

Yakima is located in the county and valley named Yakima. It is considered to be one of the premier apple growing regions in the world and is the largest producer of hops in the country. The name of the city comes from the Yakama Indians. Wine tours of the local wine region are popular.

History

The Yakama Indians were the original inhabitants of the valley. In 1805 the Lewis and Clark Expedition arrived and became aware of the rich soil and the vast amount of wildlife. The discovery led to homesteaders moving to the region. In 1855 the problems between the settlers and the Indians prompted the Yakama Indian War. The U.S. Army prevailed and the Indians were required to live on a Indian reservation. In 1884, due to the Northern Pacific Railroad deciding not to construct a railroad in the county, more than 100 buildings were transported by rollers to the new train station. The new town was named North Yakima and then later changed to Yakima in the year 1918.

Culture and Festivals

The Yakima Valley Museum showcases exhibits of the area's geology and historic events. Theatrical productions are offered at numerous facilities including the historic Capitol Theater and Sessions Performance Hall and the Westside's Warehouse Theater. A wide variety of music and events take place at the Yakima Sundome. Yakima Area Arboretum is a noteworthy attraction. The local symphony orchestra entertains the residents and visitors. Numerous festivals take place in the city including the Central Washington State Fair, Yakima Folklife Festival and the Fresh Hop Ale Festival.

Attractions

  • Central Washington Fairgrounds
  • Yakima County Stadium
  • Marquette Stadium
  • McAllister Museum of Aviation
  • Indian Painted Rock State Park
  • Yakima Sportsman State Park
  • Boulder Cave
  • Yakima Nation Cultural Center

Sports

The city is home to a minor league baseball team, the Yakima Sun Kings of the Continental Basketball Association, the Yakima Speedway and the Central Washington State Fair Raceway.

Transportation

The city is provided air flights by the McAllister Field.

Economy

During the 20th Century agriculture, including a wide variety of fruit crops, was the primary factor for the economy. The downtown area has seen the departure of retail stores and others types of businesses. However, beginning around the year 2000 numerous noteworthy businesses have moved downtown. The soil in the region has been favorably compared to the soil in France, which has resulted in a vast number of wineries being established.

Demographics

People

Total Population93,338
Male Share of the Population49.2%
Female Share of the Population50.8%
Senior Citizens14%
Employed Population 16+37,962
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married43.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher17.6%
Median Earnings25+$26,920
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,748
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,485

Wealth

Median Family Income$48,516
% Above Poverty Level77.1%
% Below Poverty Level22.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.6%
% Using Public Transportation1.2%

Housing

People Living Alone31%
Median Gross Rent$777
Median House Value$158,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)53.3%
English7.1%
Irish6.8%
Norwegian2.9%
French Except Basque2.9%
Italian1.7%
Scottish1.6%
Dutch1.6%
Swedish1.4%
Polish0.8%
Danishn0.7%
Welsh0.6%
Canadian0.5%
Austrian0.3%
Czech0.3%
Russian0.3%
Swiss0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Arab0.2%
German0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
Greek0.1%
Slovak0.1%
African0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
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Yakima Almanac

CategoryValue
County Yakima County
Standard Zip Codes98902, 98908, 98901, 98903
P.O. Box Zip Codes98907, 98909, 98904
Phone Area Codes509
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude46.59
Approximate Longitude-120.53

Yakima Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationYAKIMA MUNICIPAL AP
Distance3.3 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
StationWAPATO
Distance12.4 miles
Jan Temp23 to 38 F
Apr Temp39 to 65 F
Jul Temp59 to 89 F
Oct Temp37 to 66 F
Annual Precip8.1 inches
StationBICKLETON
Distance42.8 miles
Jan Temp23 to 36 F
Apr Temp34 to 56 F
Jul Temp52 to 81 F
Oct Temp37 to 60 F
Annual Precip13.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Moxee3,833$59,375
Naches683$50,662
Selah7,599$51,160
Tieton1,382$48,352
Union Gap6,125$39,939
Wapato5,062$32,654

Yakima Public Libraries

Yakima Valley Regional Library
102 N THIRD ST
Yakima, Washington
(509) 575-3401

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Yakima Hospitals

Yakima Regional Medical And Cardiac Center
(Proprietary)
110 S 9th Ave
(509) 575-5000
Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital
(Non-profit)
2811 Tieton Drive
(509) 575-8000

Yakima Public Schools

Adams Elementary School
723 S 8th St
ZIP: 98901
(509) 573-5101
Primary
Total Enrollment 708
Adult Jail
111 North Front Street, Lois Menard
ZIP: 98901
(509) 573-5581
High
Total Enrollment 5
Barge-lincoln Elementary School
219 E I St
ZIP: 98901
(509) 573-5201
Primary
Total Enrollment 642
East Valley Central Middle School
2010 Beaudry Rd
ZIP: 98901
(509) 573-7500
Middle
Total Enrollment 693
East Valley Elementary
1951 Beaudry Road
ZIP: 98901
(509) 573-7600
Primary
Total Enrollment 528
East Valley High School
1900 Beaudry Road
ZIP: 98901
(509) 573-7420
High
Total Enrollment 852
Terrace Heights Elementary
4300 Maple Court
ZIP: 98901
(509) 573-7800
Primary
Total Enrollment 511
Washington Middle School
510 S 9th St
ZIP: 98901
(509) 573-2301
Middle
Total Enrollment 761
Yakima Open Doors
1120 S 18th St, Portable A
ZIP: 98901
(360) 725-6000
High
Total Enrollment 8
Yakima Satellite Alternative Programs
1120 S. 18th St., 104 N 4th Ave
ZIP: 98901
(509) 573-5581
High
Total Enrollment 100
Yakima Valley Technical Skills Center
1120 S 18th St.
ZIP: 98901
(509) 573-5000
High
Total Enrollment 1
Children's Village
3801 Kern Road
ZIP: 98902
(509) 965-2080
Primary
Total Enrollment 24
Davis High School
212 S 6th Ave
ZIP: 98902
(509) 573-2501
High
Total Enrollment 2099
Discovery Lab School
2810 Castlevale Rd
ZIP: 98902
(509) 573-5400
Primary
Total Enrollment 203
Early Childhood Center
400 West Viola
ZIP: 98902
(509) 573-2871
Primary
Total Enrollment 139
Franklin Middle School
410 S 19th Ave
ZIP: 98902
(509) 573-2101
Middle
Total Enrollment 869
Garfield Elementary School
612 N 6th Ave
ZIP: 98902
(509) 573-5701
Primary
Total Enrollment 553
Hoover Elementary School
400 W Viola Ave
ZIP: 98902
(509) 573-5901
Primary
Total Enrollment 731
Juvenile Detention Center
1728 Jerome Ave
ZIP: 98902
(509) 574-2055
Other
Total Enrollment 36
Lewis & Clark Middle School
1114 W Pierce St
ZIP: 98902
(509) 573-2201
Middle
Total Enrollment 839
Mcclure Elementary School Yakima
1222 S 22nd Ave
ZIP: 98902
(509) 573-1301
Primary
Total Enrollment 609
Mckinley Elementary School
621 S 13th Ave
ZIP: 98902
(509) 573-1401
Primary
Total Enrollment 447
Nob Hill Elementary School
801 S 34th Ave
ZIP: 98902
(509) 573-1501
Primary
Total Enrollment 510
Ridgeview Group Home
1726 Jerome Avenue
ZIP: 98902
(509) 573-5581
High
Total Enrollment 5
Robertson Elementary
2807 W Lincoln Ave
ZIP: 98902
(509) 573-1601
Primary
Total Enrollment 523
Roosevelt Elementary School
120 N 16th Ave
ZIP: 98902
(509) 573-1701
Primary
Total Enrollment 545
Stanton Alternative School
802 River Rd
ZIP: 98902
(509) 573-1201
Other
Total Enrollment 383
Yakima Online
104 N 4th Ave
ZIP: 98902
(509) 573-5581
Other
Total Enrollment 123
Martin Luther King Jr Elementary
2000 S 18th St
ZIP: 98903
(509) 573-1101
Primary
Total Enrollment 606
Ridgeview Elementary
609 W Washington Ave
ZIP: 98903
(509) 573-1801
Primary
Total Enrollment 647
West Valley Preschool
3006 S Wiley Rd
ZIP: 98903
(509) 965-2031
Primary
Total Enrollment 42
Ahtanum Valley Elementary
3006 S Wiley Rd
ZIP: 98908
(509) 965-2031
Primary
Total Enrollment 253
Apple Valley Elementary
7 N 88th Avenue
ZIP: 98908
(509) 965-2060
Primary
Total Enrollment 338
Cottonwood Elementary School
1041 S 96th Ave
ZIP: 98908
(509) 965-2052
Primary
Total Enrollment 425
Eisenhower High School
611 South 44th Avenue
ZIP: 98908
(509) 573-2600
High
Total Enrollment 2033
Gilbert Elementary School
4400 Douglas Dr
ZIP: 98908
(509) 573-5801
Primary
Total Enrollment 560
Mountainview Elementary
830 Stone Rd
ZIP: 98908
(509) 965-2070
Primary
Total Enrollment 198
Naches Valley Primary School
2700 Old Naches Highway
ZIP: 98908
(509) 966-5050
Primary
Total Enrollment 276
Summitview Elementary
6305 W Chestnut Ave
ZIP: 98908
(509) 965-2050
Primary
Total Enrollment 317
West Valley High School
9800 Zier Rd
ZIP: 98908
(509) 972-5900
High
Total Enrollment 1040
West Valley High School Freshman Campus
9206 Zier Road
ZIP: 98908
(509) 972-5606
Other
Total Enrollment 388
West Valley Jr High
7505 Zier Rd
ZIP: 98908
(509) 972-5800
Middle
Total Enrollment 843
West Valley Middle School
1500 S 75th Ave
ZIP: 98908
(509) 972-5700
Middle
Total Enrollment 813
Whitney Elementary Yakima
4411 W Nob Hill Blvd
ZIP: 98908
(509) 573-1901
Primary
Total Enrollment 548
Wide Hollow Elementary
1000 S 72nd Ave
ZIP: 98908
(509) 965-2023
Primary
Total Enrollment 371
Wilson Middle School
902 S 44th Ave
ZIP: 98908
(509) 573-2401
Middle
Total Enrollment 825

Yakima Private Schools

Riverside Christian School
721 Keys Rd
ZIP: 98901
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 401
St Joseph Marquette Catholic School
202 N 4th St
ZIP: 98901
Elementary
Total Enrollment 305
Grace Lutheran School
1207 S 7th Ave
ZIP: 98902
Elementary
Total Enrollment 33
St John Of Kionstadt Orthodox Christian School
706 Stewart St
ZIP: 98902
Elementary
Total Enrollment 19
St Paul Cathedral School
1214 W Chestnut Ave
ZIP: 98902
Elementary
Total Enrollment 197
Westpark Christian Academy
3902 Summitview Ave
ZIP: 98902
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 65
Montessori School Of Yakima
511 N 44th Ave
ZIP: 98908
Elementary
Total Enrollment 43
Oakridge Montessori School
6403 Summitview Ave
ZIP: 98908
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
Yakima Adventist Christian School
1200 City Reservoir Rd
ZIP: 98908
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 93
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