Living in the The Yakima Valley
Yakima is ranked in the top 25 cities in the nation for quality of life, and boasts of over 300 days of sunshine yearly. Summers are typically warm and dry, winters are mild with light snowfall.
Outdoor recreational opportunities exist for every interest and include world-class snow skiing, water skiing, camping, hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, and more. The local economy is supported primarily through agriculture. The top five local crops include apples, cattle, dairy, hops, and wine grapes.
The city of Yakima is the county seat for Yakima County. It is located 145 miles east of Seattle, 200 miles west of Spokane, and approximately 185 miles northeast of Portland, Oregon. The population of the greater Yakima urban area is approaching 110,000 and the county population is over 250,000. Yakima is, perhaps, Washington’s best-kept secret for extraordinary places to work and live.