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Unique Geographic Advantage

The Yakima Valley, located in South central Washington, is known for the quality and quantity of its agricultural crops and products, blue sky and affordable housing.  Take advantage of Yakima's affordable housing, time-saving commutes, skilled business community and knowledgeable civic leaders and discover Yakima's beauty, quality and diversity in its people, landscape and products.

We encourage you to refer to our Online Membership Directory for Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce when seeking services you will need when moving or visiting the Greater Yakima Area.  Our membership, over 1,000 strong, are the businesses who support economic development and quality of life programs making the Greater Yakima Valley a wonderful place to live and raise your family.  You will find services ranging from moving companies, to house cleaning services, to dentists, to restaurants; all the services you'll need to make your house a home!

Please refer to the Community Profile for Location & History, Demographics, Economic Profile, Starting A Business, Education Services, Medical & Health Care, and Places to See-Things to Do information.

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Mileage Chart

 Town 

 Miles

 Wapato, WA

  7

 Naches, WA 

 13

 Cowiche-Tieton, WA 

 16

 Toppenish, WA 

 20

 Ellensburg, WA 

 36

 Mabton, WA 

 38

 Sunnyside, WA 

 38

 Grandview, WA 

 49

 Prosser, WA 

 50

 Goldendale, WA 

 70

 Tri-Cities, WA 

 82

 Mt. Rainier, WA  (Paradise) 

 95

 Leavenworth, WA 

 97

 Moses Lake  (via I-82 & I-90)

 100

 Wenatchee, WA

 108

 Enumclaw, WA (via Chinook Pass)

  110

 Mt. St. Helens, WA 

 114

 The Dalles, OR

  120

 Walla Walla, WA 

 132

 Pendleton, OR 

 136

 Tacoma, WA (via Chinook Pass) 

 137

 Bremerton, WA  (via ferry)

  143

 Seattle, WA 

 145

 Centralia, WA (via White Pass) 

 147

 Coulee Dam, WA

  153

 Everett, WA 

 161

 Olympia, WA 

 161

 Longview, WA (via White Pass) 

 167

 Vancouver, WA 

 180

 Portland, OR 

 185

 Okanogan, WA 

 190

 Pullman, WA 

 193

 Spokane, WA 

 196

 Omak, WA 

 198

 Bend, OR 

 208

 Port Angeles, WA  (via ferry) 

 219

 Westport, WA 

 226

 Bellingham, WA 

 222

 Lewiston, ID 

 222

 Ocean Shores, WA 

 225

 Salem, OR 

 234

 Ilwaco, WA 

 238

 Aberdeen, WA (via Chinook Pass) 

 241

 Blaine, WA

  241

 Long Beach, WA 

 244

 Vancouver, BC, Canada 

 295

 Eugene, OR

  302

 Klamath Falls, OR

  353

 Boise, ID 

 363

 Missoula, MT (via I-90)

  401

 Sun Valley, ID 

 503

 Glacier National Park, MT

  508

 Reno, NV  (via 97, 139, 395) 

 618

 Yellowstone National Park, WY 

 679

 Salt Lake City, UT 

 702

 San Francisco, CA 

 716

 Los Angeles, CA (via 97 & I-5) 

 1055

 Las Vegas, NV 

 1076

 Denver, CO 

 1185

 Phoenix, AZ (via Reno, NV) 

 1316

 Chicago, IL 

 1993

 New York, NY 

 2915

 

Yakima Valley

The Yakima Valley is surrounded by numerous recreation areas - Mount Rainier National Park, the Mount Adams, Goat Rocks and William O. Douglas wilderness areas; the Wenatchee National Forest; Yakima Scenic River; many lakes and streams; the Oak Creek, L.T. Murray, and Saddle Mountain wildlife areas; and the Hanford Reach National Monument.  Other recreation areas include the Ahtanum Multiple Use Area; Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge; White Pass Scenic Byway; Mather Memorial Parkway; and Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail.   http://www.publiclands.org/ 

Yakima County

 Land Owners

 Approximate   Acres

 Unicorporated-Privately Owned

 25.6 %

 703,848

 Incorporated-City Area

 1.4 %

 38,483

 State DNR, F&W, Other

 9.4%

259,132

 Federal USFS, BLM, Other

 18.5 %

 508,163

 US Military Reservation

 6.0 %

 165,787

  Yakama Nation

 39.1 %

 1,074,174

 TOTAL  

 100 %

 2,749,587

       
City of Yakima

The Greater Yakima metro area is situated east-west in a landscape of gentle slopes and rich silt-loamy soils of a river basin. Looking north you see Yakima Ridge-Cleman Mountain with Mount Rainier in the background, and the Naches River flowing through the valley. As you look south you see Rattlesnake Hills-Ahtanum Ridge with Mount Adams in the background. The Yakima River flows north-south through the Selah and Union Gaps connecting the Kittitas Valley with the greater Yakima Valley.

 

 City Of Yakima Statistics

 Yakima County Statistics

 Date of Incorporation

 1886

  1865

 Form of Government

 Council-Manager

 Commissioner

 County Seat  

 Yakima

 Rank in Size – Washington State

 10 (population) 

 2 (area) 

 Land Area

 27 square miles

 4,296 square miles

 Population Density

 3031 persons per square mile

 54 persons per square mile

 Urban Growth Area 

 41 square miles

 
 Urban Growth Area Vacant Land 

 3,291 acres

 
 Number of Incorporated Areas  

 14

 Incorporated Population

 84,300

 148,236

 Unincorporated Population

 near 14,000

 87,664

 Latitude Longitude

 46º57' North 
120º53' West

 46º34' North 
120º32' West

  
Climate Dry Semi-Arid

The climate of Yakima Valley is mild and dry, having the characteristics of both maritime and continental climates modified by the Cascade and Rocky Mountains.  The Yakima Valley lies within the rain shadow of the Cascades, so the total amount of precipitation is relatively small.  The summers are dry and hot, and winters are cool with light snowfall.  The maritime influence is strongest in the winter when the prevailing westerlies are stronger and steadier.  The modifying influence of the Pacific Ocean is less evident in summer.  Summer afternoons are hot yet, due to the dry air there is a rapid fall in temperatures after sunset.

Elevation 1,068 feet above sea level
Sunshine 300 days
Rain 7-10 inches
Snow 14-25 inches
Temperature Range Highs 37Fº to 90Fº / Lows 20Fº to 58Fº 
National Weather Service forecast (541)276-4493 
Washington State road and pass information (800) 695-7623

Important Telephone Numbers
Please refer to the Online Membership Directory for Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce member relocation services such as:

Real Estate Agents
Real Estate Management / Rentals
Real Estate Investment
Property Developers
Real Estate Associations
Manufactured Homes
Mortgage Loans
Title and Escrow
Moving & Storage
Storage Units
Communications Providers
Pet Services

Please refer to the Community Profile information for:

Location & History
Demographics
Economic Profile
Starting A Business
Education Services
Medical & Health Care
Places to See-Things to Do

Electricity, Gas, Water, Sewer, Refuse

Pacific Power 1-888-221-7070
Cascade Natural Gas 1-888-522-1130
Yakima Water Sewer Refuse 509-575-6080
Yakima Waste Systems 509-248-4213 / 1-800-572-9738

Licenses, Permits, Certificates

Voter Registration 509-574-1340 / 509-574-1350
Drivers’ License 509-454-4217 / 509-575-2775
Vehicle Licensing 509-574-1380 / 509-574-1370
Marriage License 509-574-1335
Birth, Marriage, Divorce, Death Certificate 360-236-4300
Immigration 509-452-7337 / 1-800-375-5283

City Halls

Yakima 509-575-6000
Union Gap 509-248-0432
Selah 509-698-7326
Moxee 509-575-8851
Tieton 509-673-3162
Naches 509-653-2647

Newspapers

Yakima Herald Republic 509-248-1251
Yakima Business Times 509-457-4886
El Sol de Yakima 509-249-6181
Senior Times 509-457-4886

Libraries

Yakima Valley Community College Library 509-574-4991
Yakima Valley Genealogical Society Library 509-248-1328
Yakima Valley Museum 509-248-0747
Yakima Valley Regional Library 509-452-8541
Heritage University Library 509-865-8500

Economic Development

Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce 509-248-2021
Selah Chamber of Commerce 509-698-7303
Small Business Resource Center 509-454-7612
Yakima County Development Center/New Vision 509-575-1140
Yakima County Offices Information 509-574-1000
Yakama Indian Nation Information 509-865-5121
Yakima Airport Terminal (YKM) 509-575-6149

Tax Information

Yakima City Clerk 509-575-6037
County Property & Excise Tax 509-574-2800 / 509-574-1100
State Department of Revenue 509-454-5160

Business, Consumer, & Tourism Info

Better Business Bureau 1-800-455-4200
Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce 509-248-2021
YVVCB Visit Information Center 509-573-3388

Community Safety

Yakima City Police 509-575-6200
Yakima County Sheriff 509-574-2500
Washington State Patrol 509-575-2320
Yakima Fire Department 509-575-6060
County Health Info 509-575-4040
Poison Control 1-800-222-1222
Social Service Needs DIAL 211
Emergency DIAL 911

Military

National Guard  509-454-4157 / 509-469-4600
Yakima Training Center http://www.lewis-mcchord.army.mil/yakima/

Veteran Services

DAV Yakima Office  509-453-2702
Veterans Center  509-457-2736

Yakama Indian Nation

Information  509-865-5121
Bureau of Indian Affairs 509-865-2255

Civic Centers

Harman Senior Center 509-575-6166
SE Yakima Community Center 509-575-6114

Swimming Pools

Franklin 509-575-6035
Lions 509-575-6046

Day Care Referral  509-965-7109

Postal Information  1-800-275-8777

Weather

National Weather Service Forecast 541-276-4493
WA State Road & Pass Info 1-800-695-7623

Legislative Information

U.S. Senate District 4
Maria Cantwell (D)  202-224-3441
Patty Murray (D)  202-224-2621

U.S. House Of Representatives
4th Congressional District
Doc Hastings ( R)  202-225-5816

Washington State Senate
13th  Jeanea Holmquist(R) 360-786-7624
14th  Curtis King (R)  360-786-7626
15thJim Honeyford (R)  360-786-7684

Wa State Representatives
13th  Judy Warnick (R)  360-786-7932
13th  Bill Hinkle (R)  360-786-7808
14th  Norm Johnson (R)  360-786-7810
14th  Charles Ross (R)  360-786-7856
15th Bruce Chandler (R)  360-786-7960
15th David Taylor (R)  360-786-7874

Yakima County Commissioners
1st Mike Leita (R)  509-574-1500
2nd Kevin Bouchey (R)  509-574-1500
3rd Rand Elliot (R)  509-574-1500

Voting
County Elections  509-574-1340
State Voter Hotline  1-800-448-4881
Voter Registration 509-574-1350

Online Membership Directory
We encourage you to refer to our Online Membership Directory for Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce when seeking services you will need when moving or visiting the Greater Yakima Area.  Our membership, over 1,000 strong, are the businesses who support economic development and quality of life programs making the Greater Yakima Valley a wonderful place to live and raise your family.  You will find services ranging from moving companies, to house cleaning services, to dentists, to restaurants; all the services you'll need to make your house a home!

Community Profile
Please refer to the Community Profile for Location & History, Demographics, Economic Profile, Starting A Business, Education Services, Medical & Health Care, and Places to See-Things to Do information