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Yakima County, Washington


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Weather & Climate

History & History-related items

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Historical Events

Chamber of Commerce.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The Washington state capital is Olympia.
The population of Yakima is approximately 63,510 (1997), 91067 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 22,968 (1990), 33074 (2010).
The amount of land area in Yakima is 38.739 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Yakima is 16.83 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.498 sq kilometers.
The distance from Yakima to Washington DC is 2360 miles.
The distance to the Washington state capital is 119 miles. (as the crow flies)
Yakima is positioned 46.59 degrees north of the equator and 120.52 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Yakima elevation is 1,065 feet above sea level.
Yakima average annual precipitation is 8 inches peryear.
Yakima average annual snowfall is 20-25 inches per year.
The average low temperature is (spring) 34; (summer) 53; (fall) 35; (winter) 20 degrees F.
The average high temperature is (spring) 64; (summer) 88; (fall) 64; (winter) 37 degrees F.


in south-central Washington on the west bank of the Yakima River, about 145 miles southeast of Seattle, Washington
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mild and dry. The winters tend to be cool with very little snowfall. The summers are usually dry and hot. Though it is hot in the summer, the evening tend to cool off dramatically due to the dry air.
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moderate. Because of its location, sheltered by the Cascade Mountains, Yakima escapes the heavy rainfall other northwest areas are known for. It has about 8 inches of precipitation each year with half of that in snowfall. November, December and January are the months with the most precipitation. There are usually 300 days of sunshine in Yakima
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History & History Related Items

See American Indian petroglyphs just outside of town near the Wenas Mountains.

A history page for the City of Yakima.

North Yakima was both incorporated and named the county seat of Yakima County on January 27, 1886. In 1918, the "north" was dropped from the name, making it Yakima. Four miles south of Yakima is the original Yakima City. It is referred to as "Old Town" by some and "Union Gap" by others. The official name for that area is now Union Gap, though many still call it Old Town.
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The incorporation of Yakima

January 27th, 1886


In 1994, Yakima was named an All-America City. Yakima was also named the 25th most livable city in the United States (1999)

Yakima Valley Museum
2105 Tieton Dr.
Yakima, WA 98902
Phone: 509-248-0747
Fax: 509-453-4890
A 55,000 sq. ft. facility which offers historical exhibits on the Yakima Valley--its natural history, American Indian culture, pioneer life, early city life, and the roots and development of the Valley's fruit industry. See also a collection of horse-drawn vehicles and memorabilia of Supreme Court Justice, William O. Douglas. Other changing and permanent exhibits are available.

Yakima Electric Railway Museum
S. 3rd Ave. and Pine St.
Yakima, WA
Phone: 509-575-1700
Ride on a 1906 model trolley when visiting the museum.

Yakima Valley Rail and Steam Museum
#10 S. Asotin Avenue
P.O. Box 889
Toppenish, WA 98948
Phone: 509-865-1911

Yakima Sun Kings
part of the Continental Basketball association

Boise Cascade Corporation
805 N. 7th St.
Yakima, WA
PHone: 509-453-3131
Take a guided tour of this plywood and sawmill complex. Some restrictions on clothing and age of participants are in force.

Yakima Area Arboretum
1401 Arboretum Drive
Yakima, Washington 98901
Phone: 509-AH-TREES (248-7337
A 40 acre arboretum with many plants, trees and vegetation.

Things to see & do in the Yakima area.

points of interest in Yakima and the area.
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Economy & Industry

mainly agriculture. The county of Yakima has the most fruit trees of any county in the USA. More apples, mint, winter pears, and hops are grown here than in any other part of the country. Other agricultural products are peaches, apricots, cherries, beef, wheat and wine
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Yakima City Government

City of Yakima
129 N. 2nd St.
Yakima, WA 98901
Phone: 509-575-6000
Fax: 509-576-6614

Yakima is the County Seat of Yakima County. Yakima has a council-manager form of government. The seven member city council is elected by the public for a four-year term, with staggered elections held every two years, and the mayor elected by the city council to fulfill a two-year term.


Yakima County
128 N. 2nd St.
Yakima, WA 98901
Phone: 509 574-1000
Toll-free: 800-572-7354

Yakima Historical Events

The Sisters of Providence opened the first nursing school. The school remained open until 1971 when the program was transferred to Yakima Valley College.

The United States Reclamation Services asks the Sisters of Charity of Providence to establish Yakima's first hospital. Hospital opened on 08/02/1891 in a seven room wooden house that could hold 13 patients. (On the site that is now the Yakima Mall.) The hospital was rebuilt on another site before its move to the current location, 110 South Ninth Avenue in 1914.

1886, January 27
North Yakima was incorporated and named the county seat for Yakima County.

Yakima County was established

The first white men entered the Yakima Valley. They were members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Yakima Chamber

Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce
10 N. 9th St.
Yakima, WA 98901-2590
Phone: 509-248-2021
email comments page for the chamber.

Yakima Organizations

Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce
10 N. 9th St.
Yakima, WA 98901-2590
Phone: 509-248-2021
email comments page for the chamber.

Yakima Libraries

Yakima Valley Regional Library
102 N. 3rd St.
Yakima, WA 98901-2705
Phone: 509-452-8541

Yakima Schools

Yakima School District 7
104 N. 4th Ave.
Yakima, WA 98902-2636
Phone: 509-573-7000 Yakima


The population of Yakima was:
1990 - 54,827
1970 - 45,588
1980 - 49,826
1990 - 54,827
1994 - 59,740
1995 - 60,850
1997 - 63,510

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