New to Yakima?
Yakima offers an enviable quality of life, with affordable housing in a rural setting, to Yakima County’s 250,000 residents. 93,000 of these residents live within the city limits of Yakima. The cities of Yakima and nearby Union Gap serve as a business and commercial hub, with local businesses supported by visitors from throughout Central Washington. Yet large urban centers are just hours away for an occasional taste of faster-paced life – Seattle is a 2 1/2 hour drive, with Spokane and Portland just 3 hours away.
Families find numerous activities that support an active lifestyle, with close proximity to outdoor recreation in the nearby Cascade Mountains, lakes, and rivers. 300 days of sunshine invite residents and visitors to take advantage of wonderful outdoor activities, such as skiing, snow boarding, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, waterskiing, and fishing, just to mention a few.
An active community supports the arts and special interest groups. Those interested in getting involved in their community will be pleased by the wealth of civic organizations which band together to improve life for all the citizens of the Yakima Valley. The valley’s educational institutions offer extensive formal educational opportunities in support of business, career goals, and personal development.
Yakima’s agricultural excellence is known across the world for the over 50 varieties of apples grown in the Yakima Valley and, more recently, as Washington’s premier wine country. A nutrition-filled lifestyle is supported by the vast offerings of other locally grown soft fruits including cherries, pears, apricots, and peaches. Hop fields, orchards, and vineyards drape the Valley’s foothills, while family farms offer fresh, locally grown produce throughout the summer months.
Visit Yakima soon and find out why the Valley’s residents are so rightfully proud of their community.