Yakima With A Different Perspective


Yakima Washington

The railroad switch box in the center of Yakima. The tracks divide the street mapping in Yakima from East to West. Could be thought to be the center of town but as the city expands in all directions this may be debatable.

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Yakima, Washington
A Great Place to Live

Yakima is in the central area of the State of Washington in Yakima County, approximately two and a half hours from Seattle. The largest city in Yakima County set in the Yakima Valley. A productive agricultural region noted for apples, wine and hop production. As of 2011, the Yakima Valley produces 77% of all hops grown in the United States. Yakima does rely on agriculture to stimulate its economy, but numerous manufacturing firms are also producing a variety of products including aircraft parts, wood products, plastic products, recreational vehicles, and communications technology.

The population of Yakima is approximately 92,000 with Yakima County at about 248,830, as noted by US Census Bureau in 2015. Some of Yakima County’s major employers are Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, Yakima School District, Walmart, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Yakima County, Del Monte Foods, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, Yakima Regional Medical & Cardiac Center, Yakima Training Center/US Armed Forces, AB Foods, Yakima Valley College, City of Yakima, Yakima Legends Casino, Washington Department of Transportation and Tree Top, Inc. to name a few.

Winters are cold, with December usually the coolest month. There are numerous days during the winter months which the high does not rise above freezing. Springtime warming can come slowly, with the last freeze sometimes in May. Summer days warm to hot, numerous days with temperatures of 90 °F and above. Autumn cooling can be surprising with the possibility of the first freeze of the season occurring the middle of October. An average rainfall is 8 to 9 inches annually, rainfall is generally low during the summer with most precipitation occurring during the winter months. Yakima has a climate that allows for a wide variety of local and nearby outdoor activities and family fun, such as water and snow skiing, fishing, boating, hiking, horseback riding, white-water rafting, soccer, baseball, auto racing and camping.

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