Profile for Yakima, Washington, WA
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Yakima is a city in Yakima County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for the river, which was named for the Indian tribe.
The latitude of Yakima is 46.602N. The longitude is -120.504W.
It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,070 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 80,223.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Yakima demographic reports
Yakima is on the Yakima River, in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.
Former and merged names include:
· North Yakima
The region was not settled by whites until after the Yakamas moved to a reservation in 1858. With construction of irrigation systems, the local economy moved from cattle-raising to agriculture.
Public transportation: Yakima Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 430. The number of murders and homicides was 5. The violent crime rate was 5.8 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Kyle MacLachlan, actor
· Robert E. Lucas Jr., winner of Nobel Prize in economics
· Phil Mahre, skier, Olympic medallist
· William O. Douglas, Supreme Court justice
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- Central Washington State Fair - Sept. 28-Oct. 7, 2007
- A Case of the Blues and All That Jazz - Aug. 18, 2007
- Festival of Flowers - June 8-9, 2007
- The Seasons Fall Music Festival - Sept. 28-Oct. 6, 2007
- Volleyball Festival - Sept. 7-8, 2007
- Folklife Festival - July 13-15, 2007
- Yakima Valley Spring Fling - April 20-29, 2007
- Greenway Rivers Festival - October 11, 2007
Dates often change. Check Yakima web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Yakima Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation:
Indian Rock Paintings State Park, Yakima Sportsmans State Park, Yakima Area Arboretum
Sports teams: Bears (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Yakima Valley Museum, Washington's Fruit Place Visitor Center, Yakima Electric Railway Museum
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 68
Pronunciations: YAK-I-maw. Locals are Yakimans
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Ancestry & family history
15% of Yakima residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Yakima ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Yakima was $15,920, compared with $21,587 nationally.
16% of Yakima residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Yakima festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Volleyball Festival - S
- Central Washington State Fair - S
- Folklife Festival - J
- A Case of the Blues and All That Jazz - A
- Yakima Valley Spring Fling - A
- Festival of Flowers - J
- Greenway Rivers Festival - O
- The Seasons Fall Music Festival - S
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Median rent in Yakima, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $450. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $906.
Libraries in Yakima include Southeast Library, Summitview Library, Terrace Heights Library, Yakima Valley Regional Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Yakima include Yakima Herald-Republic
TV stations in Yakima include KAPP, KIMA, KKFQ-CA, KNDO, KYVE.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KNWY.
Yakima County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Yakima political report.
The average commute time for Yakima workers is 17 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 8 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Yakima between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 1.1 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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