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Welcome to Yakima, Washington!

Looking for a fresh start? Business Week Magazine recently rated Yakima as one of the best places in the country to start over. 

With the scenery of the Cascade mountains and Washington State's most densely populated wine and fruit region, it's no wonder Yakima is one of the best places to live. The Yakima Valley is a perfect hub for day trips throughout the Central Washington region, and numerous historic towns and scenic wonders are within an hour drive. Outstanding recreational opportunities, mixed with nearly 300 days of sunshine annually, make Yakima an excellent place to live.

The City of Yakima is 16.83 square miles. Yakima County ranks 7th in population in Washington State with more than 200,000 inhabitants and covers 4,296 square miles. Located in the south central part of Washington State, Yakima is within easy driving distance to Seattle (145 miles), Spokane (201 miles) and Portland, Oregon (185 miles).

The climate of the Yakima Valley is mild and dry. The summers are dry and hot and winters are cool with light snowfall. Summer afternoons are hot, but, due to the dry air, there is a rapid fall in temperatures after sunset. Total precipitation for the Valley is relatively small.

Weather, central location, affordability and an abundance of activities offer a quality of life hard to match.

Yakima, WA

Yakima Chamber of Commerce
City of Yakima
Yakima Valley Visitors and Convention Bureau
Committee for Downtown Yakima
Yakima County Development Association
U.S. Census Bureau

Medical Community

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
Central Washington Family Medicine Residency Program
Yakima County Medical Society
Washington State Medical Association 
Heritage University Medical Laboratory Science Program

Local Schools

Yakima School District
West Valley School District
St. Paul Cathedral School
La Salle High School
Riverside Christian School
St. Joseph/Marquette Catholic School
Yakima Schools Foundation
Yakima Valley Community College
Central Washington University
Central Washington University-Yakima Campus 
Heritage University


A Case of the Blues and All That Jazz
Allied Arts of Yakima Valley
American Hop Museum
Capitol Theatre
Central Washington State Fair
Fresh Hop Ale Festival
The Gorge Amphitheatre
Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail
The Seasons Performance Hall
White Pass Ski Resort
Wine Yakima Valley
Yakima Bears Baseball
Yakima Farmers Market
Yakima Greenway
Yakima Symphony Orchestra 
Yakima Valley Museum

Local Media

The Yakima Herald Republic

Local Real Estate

John L. Scott Real Estate
Prudential Almon Realty
Windermere Real Estate 
Yakima Homes for Sale and Rent
Yakima Valley Landlords Association